In 1996, the first hospitalist program in Rhode Island was introduced at Rhode Island Hospital. Known as the internal medicine inpatient service or IMIS, it was created to provide the highest quality hospital experience for our patients.
The term "hospitalist" refers primarily to a physician trained in internal medicine or family practice who is based in the hospital to provide your medical care. All of Rhode Island Hospital's IMIS hospitalists are board certified or board eligible in internal medicine.
We Provide Dedicated Medical Care
While you are in the hospital you will be in the care of the hospitalist physicians who are all members of the University Medicine Foundation and whose single focus is inpatient medicine.
You will have your own team of hospital-based providers, who will see you on a daily basis, modify your medication regimen if necessary and order appropriate tests or procedures. If a consultation with another specialist is required, this will be arranged by the team. We will also keep your primary care physician updated as to your status.
We Keep Your Personal Physician Apprised Of Your Care
Your personal physician knows you best, and will provide care after you leave the hospital. To ensure that you receive the best care, your hospitalist will communicate with your physician while you are in the hospital. In addition, following discharge, your hospitalist will send your physician a full summary of your hospital stay, including post-discharge plans and medications.
We Offer Peace Of Mind When You Need It Most
Usually, hospitalization comes unexpectedly and for some people it can be anxiety provoking: the surroundings are unfamiliar, you may not understand the terminology and, above all, you may be uncertain about your condition.
We encourage you to speak to your personal physician about the IMIS program. After all, at a time when you may be feeling particularly vulnerable, it will be comforting to know that your physician has chosen us to assist in your inpatient care.
If you are in the hospital, and you or a member of your family wishes to speak to the hospitalist assigned to your care, simply ask your nurse to make the call for you.
If you have any questions about Rhode Island Hospital's Hospitalist Program or to reach one of our physicians, please call our administrative coordinator, Faye Colbert, at 401-444-3985.