The physicians who care for you while you are in the hospital are known as hospitalists.


If your primary care physician is a Summit Medical Group provider, then a SMGOR Hospitalist will care for you during your stay at St. Charles Medical Center. The hospitalist does not replace your primary care physician, but instead works closely with him or her to coordinate your care. The hospitalist can make on-the-spot decisions about patient care, follow up on test results and modify your treatment plan immediately, if necessary. They provide continuity of care, and can answer questions and provide emotional support to you and your family.