Your Hospital Team
The Medical Staff
Your physician is responsible for directing your care while you are in the hospital. Please ask your physician or any member of your healthcare team if you have any questions concerning your condition or treatment.
During your stay at Flagstaff Medical Center, your primary inpatient care will be provided by a team of physicians called hospitalists. Hospitalists are internal medicine or family practice physicians who specialize in caring for patients in the hospital. They only provide care for inpatients.
Hospitalists will communicate with your primary care provider about your admission and assist you through a smooth and timely recovery by working closely with every specialist and hospital department involved in your treatment. They follow up on tests and adjust your treatment regimen throughout the day, based on your tests results. A hospitalist will provide a daily bedside visit with you to discuss your questions and review updates on your medical plan of care. Nurses caring for you can reach a hospitalist to answer specific questions or concerns.
Once you are discharged, you will return to the care of your primary care physician. The hospitalists will send your physician a detailed discharge summary outlining your final diagnosis, medications and any follow-up plans prescribed at the time of discharge. At the time of discharge, you will be provided with prescriptions for any new medications you might need. Since hospitalists do not provide continuing outpatient care, they are unable to refill prescriptions.
Intensivists are board-certified in adult or pediatric critical care medicine and are specially trained to work in Intensive Care units.
Our professional registered nurses work with your physicians to plan your care. Your caregivers also may include patient care technicians (PCTs) and student nurses. All care is provided directly under the supervision of your registered nurse and physician.
Dietitians and Nutrition Assistants
Nutrition is an important part of your treatment. Each day you will make selections from a menu planned for you by the hospital’s registered dietitians based on your needs as determined by your physician. Nutrition Assistants will assist you with your menu selections. Clinical dietitians are available for nutrition consults and to provide diet education. If you have special needs, or would like to speak to a clinical dietitian or nutrition assistant, please tell your nurse.
Nurse and Social Work Care Coordinators
A social worker is available to help you and your family manage social and emotional concerns related to your illness or hospitalization. The social worker can provide health-related counseling and refer you to services you may need after you go home, such as medical equipment, home nursing care, home-delivered meals and support groups. A nurse care coordinator can monitor your care needs and your progress toward healthcare goals. If needed, he/she will communicate with your insurance company to answer questions about your care. If you would like to speak with a nurse care coordinator or social worker, please inform your nurse.
Our admissions counselors can assist you with financial concerns related to your hospitalization. They can offer estimates for care provided, assist with insurance benefits information and help you evaluate alternative sources of payment. If you would like to speak with an admissions counselor, call extension 13979 or extension 12085 from your hospital room phone.
Your room is cleaned daily by a member of the Environmental Services staff. Fresh linens will be provided by your nurse as needed. If there is a housekeeping need in your room, tell your nurse and it will be taken care of as soon as possible.
Flagstaff Medical Center believes that total patient care demands attention to the spiritual as well as the physical and emotional needs of each patient. Please let your nurse know if you would like a hospital chaplain to visit with you during your stay. Your priest, minister, rabbi, Native American medicine man or other spiritual leader is welcome to visit you while you are here.
Other team members including laboratory and medical imaging personnel; respiratory, physical, speech, occupational and hand therapists; social workers/case managers; nutrition assistants and dietitians, pet and music therapists; spiritual care and others may visit you in your room.