MaineHealth hospitalists are specifically trained to care for patients who have been admitted to a hospital. Patients can rest assured hospitalists can help them find answers, coordinate care and guide them in the right direction during their hospital stays.

What are hospitalists?

Hospitalists are full-time physicians whose focus is caring for hospitalized patients. Chances are you will not see your primary care provider while admitted to the hospital.


  • May be board-certified internists or family medicine doctors.

  • Practice exclusively in a hospital setting.

  • Take over the role of your primary care provider while you are in the hospital.

  • May order more tests, talk to your specialists and oversee your overall care.

  • Will follow up with your primary care provider in the community.

How can I see a hospitalist during my hospital stay?

If your hospital offers hospitalist services, a hospitalist will be referred to you as a hospital inpatient. Prior to your hospital stay, check with your primary care provider or your hospital to see if there are hospitalist services.

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