People who are hospitalized benefit from having their care coordinated by doctors and advance practice providers who care only for people admitted to a hospital (hospitalists). These medical professionals manage a wide range of medical needs, including those of people with complex and serious conditions. Hospitalists are experts in evaluating medical risks before and after surgery, enhancing the continuity of care, and facilitating communication between patients, their families and the rest of the care team.
If you are at one of Mayo Clinic's hospitals on its campuses in Phoenix, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, or Rochester, Minnesota, you may be cared for by hospitalists. The clinic's Division of Hospital Internal Medicine is one of the largest groups of hospitalists in the United States, with about 200 doctors and advance practice providers. They work closely with nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other members of your care team to provide thoughtful, safe, collaborative and effective medical care.
People who are in a hospital usually need a high level of care and often have multiple medical problems. For example, someone who is admitted for a broken bone or a hip replacement may need care for high blood pressure or an infection as well. Mayo Clinic hospitalists work closely with experts in several medical and surgical specialties, including cardiovascular medicine, integrative medicine, nephrology, orthopedic surgery, palliative medicine, hospice care, pulmonary medicine and oncology.
Each Mayo Clinic hospital has hospitalists on duty every day, all day. They provide 24-hour inpatient medical consultation service and are often the first to respond to emergency pages. If you enter the hospital through the Emergency Department or other hospitals, hospitalists take on the role of coordinating your care. Members of the Division of Hospital Internal Medicine staff are part of a larger, multispecialty Mayo Clinic team that includes outpatient physicians, some of whom may also work in the hospital. Collectively, the team's goal is to combine the latest evidence-based medicine with thoughtful consideration of each person's needs to foster wellness and healing.
Hospitalists also supervise and teach students, residents, fellows and nurse practitioners. Many hospitalists have completed fellowships or advanced training and contribute to ongoing education and research at Mayo Clinic.
The hospitalist-orthopedic team at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota offers streamlined surgical and medical care for people undergoing orthopedic surgery. This assures continuity of medical care throughout their surgical stay. This collaboration creates a tightly integrated, multispecialty partnership in perioperative care.
Your care is coordinated by the same inpatient internist throughout your hospital stay. Your care begins with an initial preoperative evaluation, continues through immediate postoperative evaluation, and may include daily visits during hospitalization and postoperative outpatient medical follow-up, as needed.
Charter House short-term stay program
Charter House is a continuing care retirement community affiliated with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It's home to more than 400 people. Hospitalists provide transitional skilled nursing care at Charter House for people who no longer require acute inpatient care, for up to six weeks. The short-term stay program is often appropriate for people who are:
- Recovering from orthopedic surgery
- Exhibiting frailty
- Undergoing hemodialysis while they await access to this treatment in their local community
Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.
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People who are cared for at a Mayo Clinic hospital can be confident they are in a place committed to high levels of quality and safety. The clinic's hospitals include Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona; Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida; and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, all in Rochester, Minnesota.
Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, reflecting its overall excellence and high-quality hospitals.
U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report has named Mayo Clinic to its annual list of "Best Hospitals" for more than 20 years. Hospitals named to the Honor Roll are part of a small group recognized for breadth of excellence.
To be included on the Honor Roll, a medical center must rank at or near the top in at least six of the 16 medical specialties included in the rankings. Mayo Clinic consistently ranks high for gastroenterology, heart care, cancer, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology and other specialties.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on factors such as mortality index, patient safety, nurse staffing and Magnet status, patient services, and technology. Current U.S. News & World Report transplant-related rankings include:
- Cardiology and heart care
- Diabetes and endocrinology
- Ear, nose and throat
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Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Your care at Mayo Clinic is guided by evidenced-based practice, outcome measurements and patient-oriented research. Much of this research is carried out by the physicians and scientists in the Division of Hospital Internal Medicine. Areas of particular research interest include topics that affect patient care, quality and satisfaction, including:
- New clinical care models
- The role of geriatric palliative care for older adults in the hospital
- Using point-of-care ultrasound for the initial management of shock
- Canine-assisted therapy for people hospitalized and awaiting heart transplantation
- Risk factors associated with premature myocardial infarction
Mayo Clinic researchers carry out a wide range of clinical trials focused on the care of people who are hospitalized. You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Learn more about hospital internal medicine clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.
See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors who are hospitalists on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
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