Hospitalists (Inpatient Physicians)

When you are hospitalized, our inpatient physicians focus on you.


What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist (also called an “inpatient physician”) is an Affinity Health System doctor who cares for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists devote all their time to treating patients in Affinity hospitals, rather than in office clinics.

Affinity Health System was one of the first health care providers in the state of Wisconsin to offer this patient-friendly service. Hospitalists are available at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Calumet Medical Center in Chilton.

What are the benefits of having a hospitalist on staff?

Hospital patients have access to a doctor 24 hours a day. The Affinity hospitalist can be at your bedside immediately, follow up on test results and take action quickly.  

What are the benefits to you and your primary care doctor?

Hospitalists can keep a close eye on you while you’re in the hospital. In case of an emergency, your hospitalist is never more than a few minutes away. Hospitalists also become very familiar with specialists, nurses and other staff in their hospitals.

Hospitalists allow primary care doctors to remain in their own offices, rather than traveling back and forth to the hospital frequently. That helps your doctor keep you and other office patients healthy, and reduces delays in the office.

Who answers my questions?

Hospitalists provide the answers in person whenever possible. Since hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care.  

How does the hospitalist know about me?

When you enter the hospital, the hospitalist receives convenient, secure electronic access to your health care records. Throughout your hospital stay, the hospitalist communicates with your doctor on a daily basis.  

What if I don’t have a regular physician?

If you would like assistance in choosing a primary care physician, please contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.  

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