A few years ago, Trinity Health made a big change, involving their doctors.
Hospital patients are cared for by doctors known as hospitalists.
The primary care physician actually steps aside during the hospital stay.
In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge tells us, the program has expanded.
If you are admitted to the hospital, this man, one of 10 hospitalists at Trinity Health, could be your doctor.
Dr. Alex Talebdoost says Trinity Health started using hospitalists 6 years ago, many hospitals around the country do the same.
Trinity began with three hospitalists, now there are 10.
(Dr. Alex Talebdoost, Trinity Hospitalist) "It's been successful in providing the care that has need, we have expanded."
Most patients have a health care provider when they visit in a clinic, and it used to be that that doctor saw them during a hospital stay.
But now, the hospitalist takes over.
Thanks to computers, all the doctors and staff are able to team up on patient care, and a hospitalist can be there as the patient needs him.
(Dr. Alex Talebdoost, Trinity Hospitalist) "In the olden days, the provider was there only short times, I am here all day so the process goes smoothly."
When Trinity made the change to hospitalists, it was a big change.
Most patients are comfortable with their primary care physician.
But it seems, the change has been accepted, its all about the best situation for the patient.
For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.