Polyclinic hospitalists serve as attending physicians for all patients who have a Polyclinic primary care provider and are admitted to Swedish Medical Center First Hill.

What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician who manages patient care during a hospital stay. Collaborating with your primary care team, a Polyclinic hospitalist will visit you each day to monitor your progress. A hospitalist’s role includes:

  • Admitting Polyclinic patients, and visiting them daily.
  • Coordinating all care in the hospital, including diagnostic work-ups, treatment plans, and discharge planning.
  • Communicating with all care providers via medical record, by phone, or in person.
  • Communicating with patients and families during a patient’s hospitalization.
  • Consulting with surgeons and subspecialists to manage medical issues before and after surgery.

Meet the Polyclinic Hospitalist Team

Our hospitalists are part of a patient’s Polyclinic care team. They are board certified internal medicine physicians with an average of 14 years of experience as hospitalists—significantly higher than the national average. Their strong relationships with The Polyclinic primary care team ensure coordinated care from admission through discharge.

About The Polyclinic’s Hospitalist Program

The Polyclinic started its own hospitalist program at Swedish Medical Center in 2005. Polyclinic hospitalists typically work a week at a time, and often provide care during a patient’s entire hospital stay. This offers continuity so patients don’t have to see a new hospitalist each day.