Caring for patients in a hospital setting involves an integrated team of medical professionals. At Parkland Medical Center, our hospital medical teams work together to provide you with the best possible treatment and outcomes in a comfortable, well-equipped setting that’s close to home.
Medical Team Roles
Many medical team members may play a part in your care while you’re hospitalized, including:
- Physicians – Examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests
- Surgeons – Operate on patients to treat injuries such as broken bones and diseases such as cancerous tumors
- Hospitalists – Board-certified internal medicine physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients
- Physician assistants (PA-C) – Practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons; formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment
- Nurse practitioner – Advanced-practice nurse with the additional education and training needed to provide diagnoses, treatments and medication prescriptions
- Registered nurses (RN) – Skilled healthcare professionals who provide and coordinate patient care, offer guidance and emotional support to patients and families and educate people about health conditions
- Nurse navigators – Specially trained nurses who guide patients through all aspects of care and treatment, particularly cancer patients
- Anesthesiologists – Physicians who specialize in delivering anesthetics to safely manage consciousness and pain for patients during surgical procedures
- Radiologists – Physicians who use a variety of advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and/or treat diseases
- Pathologists – Physicians who examine the body’s cells and tissues at the microscopic level to develop a precise diagnosis of disease
- Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists – Specially trained healthcare professionals who help patients regain strength, improve function and learn new strategies to support healing and health
- Pharmacists – Specialized healthcare professionals who focus on the safe and effective use of medications
- Registered dietitians – Professionals who evaluate your specific nutritional needs, make recommendations to your care team and provide one-on-one nutrition counseling
Hospitalists Partner With Your Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician continues to play an important role in caring for you while you’re hospitalized and receives regular updates from the medical team, primarily the hospitalist, regarding your plan of care and your progress.
Even if you’re admitted to the hospital through the emergency room, a hospitalist notifies your physician, confers about your condition and status and coordinates care with appropriate specialists. When you’re ready to leave the hospital, our medical team helps you make a smooth transition to your primary care physician, providing detailed reports from your visit, including lab results, diagnostic images and recommendations for follow-up care to ensure you make a full recovery.
The hospitalists at Parkland have over 30 years of combined experience, ensuring a high level of continuous care that is responsive to your needs and goals during your hospital stay. For questions on hospitalist care and services at Parkland, ask your nurse or your hospitalist or contact the Hospitalist Program director at (603) 421-2143.
How You Benefit
- Our hospital team members play an important role in assuring that your medical care meets the highest standards of quality and clinical excellence available today.
- Our team members—compassionate and knowledgeable professionals—answer your questions and explain inpatient details, such as discharge procedures, to you and your family.
- Our experience and sole focus on caring for hospital patients leads to faster, more accurate clinical decisions made with a high degree of confidence. This results in better outcomes, shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions.
Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team 24/7 at (877) 642-2362 to find a specialist, schedule an appointment and learn more about services at Parkland Medical Center.View Maps & Directions