What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician (sometimes supported by a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner) who is employed by Kent Hospital to provide inpatient care.
Specialized Physicians Provide Your Care
Patients are referred for our in-hospital care by their personal physicians. We also care for patients who do not have a primary care doctor with privileges at Kent Hospital. Your doctor will be informed of your admission and will receive a detailed summary of your hospital stay at the time you are discharged. We provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our staff works together as a team on a rotating schedule to ensure excellent coordination and quality of care.
To assist your family in keeping informed about your care, we will recommend that your family select one individual to be the contact person for our staff. By doing this, we can ensure that you receive timely, consistent information. Please give the nurse the name and phone number of the designated person as well as the best time of day to contact that person.
Helping You Manage Your After-Hospital Care
When it’s time to leave the hospital, your Kent hospitalist physician will give you specific instructions for your continuing care. It is extremely important that you follow your discharge instructions.
As a follow-up to the care you received in the hospital, you will need to see a doctor in the community. We will forward a copy of your discharge summary to your primary care physician. If you do not have one, we will refer you to a doctor who can provide the care you need such as prescription refills and follow-up appointments. The physician’s name will be noted on the discharge instruction form given to you upon discharge.
Our office staff can assist you with forms that you need to have filled out (TDI, insurance, disability, etc.) as well as any letters you may need regarding your care at Kent Hospital.
Please mail forms to:
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886