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Hospitalist program

What is a Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. If you do not have a physician or if your primary care doctor does not practice at Baptist Health Paducah, then a hospitalist will admit you and manage your care while you are here.

As a team, our highly qualified, dedicated physicians are available to care for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Meet the Western Baptist hospitalists

Why a Hospitalist?

Hospitalists are an asset to Baptist Health Paducah's patient-centered care approach. 

Because the Hospitalists of Paducah are fully committed to patients' care during their hospital stay, patients feel confident knowing hospitalists are devoted to their healthcare needs. 

By directing your care from the time you enter until you leave, the hospitalist can coordinate a more timely and efficient hospital experiences, often including earlier discharge from the hospital.

How does it work?

While you are a patient at Baptist Health Paducah, your hospitalist will lead a team of other physicians, nurses and support staff to coordinate a plan of care specifically for your condition and to meet your needs. 

Each day, the hospitalist will check on you, evaluate your test results, adjust your medications as needed and monitor your progress. They are available to communicate with your and your family about your condition and treatment plan. When you are discharged, you care returns to your primary care physician, who receives a summary of your hospital stay.

Hospitalists help your primary care doctor

Your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician about your hospital stay, even if your doctor does not practice at Baptist Health Paducah. If you do not have a primary care physician, you will be referred to a primary care physician or an outpatient clinic for follow-up care.