An Introduction to the Hospitalist Program
To meet the needs of our patients, Wesley Medical Center offers hospitalized patients access to doctors around the clock while allowing private practice doctors more time to see patients in their offices. Through our hospitalist program, medical doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of hospitalized patients are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide care.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties. Because hospitalists do not maintain outside clinics, they can focus attention exclusively on your medical care inside the hospital. The hospitalist maintains ongoing communication with your regular physician throughout your treatment. And, when you are discharged, the hospitalist transfers your care back to your primary care doctor or other caregiver.
What are the benefits of having a hospitalist?
Your hospitalist specializes in the kinds of medical conditions that need to be treated in the hospital. Because the hospitalist practices exclusively in the hospital setting, he or she has added knowledge of other departments and specialties, and are very accessible to nursing staff. The hospitalist can often help speed your recovery and shorten your hospital stay by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment plan throughout the day. Hospitalists have systems in place to communicate with your primary care doctor as needed – especially at the time of admission and discharge – which provides a more seamless experience for the patient.
Why might I see several hospitalist physicians during my stay?
Hospitalists are a small group of specialists who are at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because no one person could do this alone, they work as a team. Therefore, you may see more than one hospitalist during your stay. Our full-time hospitalists, Dr. Marc Demyun and Dr. James Glisson care for patients from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily with the help of full-time nurse practitioners, Andrea Riels, NP and Marti Jordan, NP,PhD. We've partnered with physicians Dr. Gardner Fletcher, Dr. Jerry Hyer, Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Dr. Kurt Bruckmeir and Dr. Sivarama Kotikalapudi to ensure continued coverage from 7:00pm – 7:00am.
Our Full-Time Hospitalists:
Marc Demyun, MD
Doctor of Medicine: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, New York, NY
James Glisson, MD, PharmD
Doctor of Medicine: University Of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS
Doctor of Pharmacy: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Residency: University of Mississippi Department of Medicine
What if I don’t have a regular primary care doctor?
The hospitalist and other staff at the hospital can assist you in finding a doctor after you leave the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this doctor. What will happen after I am discharged? Prior to your discharge, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care or other caregiver, such as a specialist or rehabilitation therapist. At the time of your discharge, your care returns to these community-based caregivers. It’s important to follow your discharge instructions, including making necessary appointments with your own doctor.
Will I receive a bill from the Hospitalist?
When you are hospitalized, you will receive at least two sets of bills: one for hospital services, and other(s) for each doctor providing care. So, yes, you will receive a bill from the hospitalist, as well as from any other treating physicians. The bill you receive will be an itemized accounting of the services provided to you by the hospitalist during your hospitalization. With this statement, you’ll be able to review the services provided and verify your billing and insurance information.