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Hospital Medicine, Telehealth, & You

Hospital Medicine

What is a Hospitalist?

Hospitalists are a team of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners whose primary focus is general medical care of hospitalized patients.

What does a Hospitalist do?

Your Hospitalist specializes in the care of hospital patients. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year—if not face-to-face, then you may be seen by a Telehealth Hospitalist.

Why do I need a Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist’s primary purpose is to extend the level of care that your Primary Care Provider delivers. When you are in the hospital, your Hospitalist team provides you top-level care while keeping your Primary Care Provider continually apprised of your condition.

What about my care after I’m discharged from the hospital?

Your Hospitalist is committed to ensuring a smooth transition between your Primary Care Provider and the care received during your hospital stay. Once you are discharged, we update your Primary Care Provider on your condition, including a summary of lab work, any medication, and instructions you need to follow at home.

What if I have questions after my discharge?

If you have questions after your stay at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, please contact the Nurse’s Station at 906-293-9219 and ask to speak with the Charge Nurse. Or you may contact your primary care provider during regular office hours.


What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a new method of conducting a doctor’s visit with a special computer and connection with the doctor across the Internet. You communicate with the doctor in real-time even though they will be many miles away.

Why Telehealth?

Telehealth makes it possible for the patients at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital to be seen when a physician is not available in the hospital to see you. This happens most often in the overnight hours when a physician is “on call.” Distance and weather do not get in the way of getting you the medical advice you need—when you need it.

How does it work?

A nurse serves as a “presenter” using the Telehealth cart and communicates with you and the physician to help determine your condition and needs. You are able to see and talk with the physician.

Who are Telehealth physicians?

Telehealth physicians have the same level of education and training as other Hospitalists. They are licensed to practice medicine in the state of Michigan and are part of the medical stay at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. Many of them practice in person at the hospital.

Will my insurance cover this?

Charges are no different from when you are seen by a physician face-to-face. If your insurance company covers office and inpatient visits, they will most likely cover Telehealth visits.

If I am seen by a Telehealth physician, will I always be seen by one during my hospital stay?

No. Telehealth will typically be used after hours when a member of the Hospitalist team is not physically available in the hospital. Most often during your hospital stay, you will see your Hospitalist face-to-face.