For Patients

For more than 50 years, Valley Presbyterian Hospital has been dedicated to providing exceptional health care to the San Fernando Valley region. Our Hospitalist/ Intensivist program provides physician coverage to patients who do not have a primary care physician to manage their care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What are hospitalists and intensivists?

Hospitalist: An internal medicine specialty physician whose primary professional focus is to care for patients in the hospital.

Intensivist: An intensive care specialist whose primary focus is to care for patients in the critical care units in the hospital.

Our board-certified hospitalists collaborate with other physicians, staff and ancillary services to ensure patients receive high quality, coordinated care throughout their hospital stay. These physicians assess patients in the Emergency Department, admit patients, arrange for specialty consultants and arrange post-hospital care.

Hospitalists and intensivists represent one of the most rapidly growing medical specialties in the United States. In addition to taking care of patients, Hospitalists and intensivists are partners with the hospital in improving processes and outcomes.

You may be assigned to a hospitalist/ intensivist if:

  • You do not have a primary care physician.
  • You do not have health insurance.
  • You are from outside the local area and do not have access to a primary care physician.

Benefits of hospitalist/ intensivist care:

  • Hospitalists work only in the hospital and are available around the clock.
  • Hospitalists can react to emerging clinical data and changes in the patient's medical status. They are easily accessible in emergencies and whenever a doctor is needed right away.
  • Hospitalists can order tests and consult with other specialists for treatment.
  • Hospitalists communicate with patients and their families to keep them informed of medical conditions and treatments.