Hospitalist Program

Hospital medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians ("Hospitalists") and non-physician providers such as Certified Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. In addition to their core internal medicine expertise, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and health care systems by:
  • Prompt and complete attention to patient care needs including diagnosis, treatment, and the performance of medical procedures (within their scope of practice)
  • Employing quality and process improvement techniques
  • Collaboration, communication, and coordination with other physicians and health care personnel caring for hospitalized patients
  • Safe transitioning of patient care within the hospital, and from the hospital to the community, which may include oversight of care in post-acute care facilities
  • Efficient use of hospital and health care resources


A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine. These physicians have expertise in dealing with health conditions generally treated in the hospital. Since Hospitalists do not have a practice outside of the hospital, they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Across the country, there are more than 30,000 Hospitalists practicing in 3,300 large hospitals, and in half of all community hospitals. All RCRH Hospitalists/Nocturnists are trained in internal medicine.


Nocturnists are Hospitalists who only work at night. The main role of a Nocturnist is to admit patients at night and to respond to existing patients concerns throughout the night. Our Nocturnists generally work from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Advanced Practice Clinician

Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed non-physicians. The main role of the CNP or PA is to assist the Hospitalists in the care of inpatients on our service.

Hospitalist Chronic Service

A team of two physicians, one CNP, a social worker, a pharmacist who will care for our patients who have extended inpatient stays. This helps in assisting the appropriate placement for our patients who may need long-term care or special placement after discharge.

For more information about
Hospitalists, visit the
Society of Hospital Medicine website