How does the program work?
Referrals to the Sparrow Hospitalist Program — for both adults and children — usually come from your primary care physician or specialist. Your doctor can explain the hospitalist program and answer any questions. Once admitted to the hospital, the hospitalist will take care of you, stay in contact with your family doctor to ensure a smooth transition in and out of the hospital, and return you to your primary doctor’s care at the end of your hospital stay.
What if I don’t have a family doctor or pediatrician?
If you do not have a primary care doctor when you are admitted, you will receive information to help you select one. If you are looking for a doctor now, call 1.800.Sparrow (1.800.772.7769), our toll-free consumer health information line. This is a free service.
Here are some questions parents frequently ask about their child’s hospital stay:
Who will the doctor be during my child’s hospital stay?
Your child will probably see more than one doctor during his or her stay. Each pediatric hospitalist works as a member of the Sparrow team to ensure your child receives prompt, high quality care.
Will all the doctors know about my child’s care?
Yes. Each day, all the doctors involved in your child’s care will meet to discuss his or her case. This sharing of information helps determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Can I ask questions?
Yes. You are an important partner in your child’s care. The more you understand about your child’s illness and treatment, the better prepared you are to help prevent complications and future problems. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask to clarify something you do not understand.
When will the pediatric hospitalist see my child?
Sparrow pediatric hospitalists begin patient visits each morning at seven. These visits continue throughout the day.
When can my family speak to the pediatric hospitalist?
To ensure that everyone’s questions are answered we suggest all members of your family speak with the hospitalist at the same time. This is most easily accomplished during the time the physician visits your child’s room. We suggest you keep a note pad with you to write down questions as they occur to you. If meeting together is not possible, a family member can leave a note with your child’s nurse to request a call from the hospitalist.