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Participating In Your Care

At Orlando Health, the patient is an important part of the healthcare team. Being a partner in your care helps ensure you are comfortable and confident with your care. It is important for you to understand the process and reasons for any test, procedure or medication ordered for you and that your doctor and care team are happy to explain it to you. If the explanation given does not make sense, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask again. If you do not agree with the course of care, do not hesitate to ask for a second opinion.

The following members of your healthcare team may be involved in your care:


A hospitalist is an acute-care physician who focuses on a patient’s hospital care from the time of admission until discharge. Hospitalists at Orlando Health are board-certified internal medicine specialists who work as partners with your primary care doctor. Because hospitalists  are based in the hospital, they can answer your questions and provide your care in a timely manner. While you may be seen by more than one hospitalist during your stay, hospitalists work to coordinate your care in a seamless way.

Nursing Team

To ensure you receive the best care during your stay, our nursing team is available 24 hours a day. This team is made up of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. You can expect that the team will monitor and assess your health, provide medications, coordinate needs for the physicians, address your daily needs and assist with coordinating your discharge.

Care Management

The care management team is a partner in your discharge planning. They will assist with any placement for skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other outside care needs. They also will help access any required home equipment and make sure that you have what you need to return home safely.

Other Care Providers

For the delivery of complete and continual care, your healthcare team includes many additional caregivers who work together with your doctors. Other members of your healthcare team may include residents and fellows, advanced practice providers, licensed practical dietitians, pharmacists, rapid response team and students.

Consulting Doctors/Specialists

In some cases, your team of healthcare professionals may include doctors who have specialized training in a particular field, such as cardiovascular care, neurosciences or advanced surgery. Your hospitalist will coordinate care and communicate with these doctors about your plan of care.