The hospitalist program at KVH Hospital provides hospital-based physicians who are assigned to direct and coordinate all inpatient care from the time of admission to the day of discharge.
Hospitalist physicians are familiar with the hospital's systems, facilities, and staff members, and maintain close relationships with primary and specialty physicians. They do not treat patients in a private practice outside the hospital.
This service is a fast-growing medical specialty across the nation. The momentum can be attributed to the researched-based benefits associated with providing hospitalist services to inpatients. Hospitalist programs have shown to reduce patient lengths of stay, decrease treatment costs, and enhance overall patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. This program also allows primary care physicians to spend more time in their clinic practices by reducing hours spent treating patients who have been admitted to the hospital.