Hospitalist Program

When admitted to the hospital, it is likely patients will not be seen by their primary care physician during their hospitalization. Your primary care physician will entrust your care with a hospitalist to provide you with the highest quality of care during your stay.

What Is A Hospitalist?

Hospitalist is the term used for doctors who are specialized in the care of patients in the hospital. Hospitalists help facilitate the continuity of care by:

  • Managing day-to-day care
  • Providing attention to patient
  • Coordinating with other physicians

Why Does A Primary Care Physician Not Oversee Patients While Hospitalized?

The reason is a relatively new trend in the care of hospitalized patients. This movement began about a decade ago and has evolved due to many factors, to include:

  • Efficiency - Hospitalists facilitate the transition between teams managing a patient.
  • Patient safety – Hospitalists know what resources are available at a hospital and have experience with complex cases.
  • Availability – Hospitalists work exclusively with patients in the hospital.

Is My Own Doctor Going To Be Updated About My Care?

Hospitalists are the "captain of the ship." These physicians help coordinate the care of patients in the hospital, organize communication with other physicians, and serve as the point of contact for medical staff regarding questions, updates, and delineating a comprehensive plan of care. They are also the main physician for family members to contact for updates on a loved one.

Jose Burgos, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM

Jose Burgos, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM
Medical Director Hospitalist & Post-Acute Care Division

Rodrigo Saenz, MD

Rodrigo Saenz, MD
Associate Medical Director Hospitalist Department

Service Location

University Medical Center
4815 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905