The hospitalists at Sonoma West Medical Center are physicians whose primary focus is general medical care of the hospitalized patient. Free of many of the constraints that a busy outpatient doctor faces, these specialists are able to dedicate their time and energy to provide comprehensive and efficient inpatient medical care. We provide 24 hour in-hospital care and can respond promptly to out-patients and their families. We work closely with key hospital personnel and can anticipate and facilitate care from admission through discharge, including interfacing with the ER, surgical consultants, discharge planners, social workers and clergy, as well as our Specialty Institutes. We are able to facilitate and improve post-acute care needs for the patient through direct communication with primary care providers as well as coordinate the appropriate post-discharge care services such as home health, specialized rehabilitation, and home IV infusion services.