Hospitalist Service

The Hospitalist Service is the general inpatient service run by hospitalists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH). The hospitalists are board-certified or board-eligible physicians of Washington University School of Medicine. Patients are referred from a variety of sources:

  • Primary care physicians who directly admit patients or send them to the Emergency Department for care
  • Emergency department physicians whose patients require admission but who do not have a primary physician with admitting privileges
  • Physicians from outside hospitals whose patients require the more specialized services available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Medical and surgical specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital whose inpatients require management beyond their specialty area

The Hospitalist Service provides a full spectrum of medical coverage for inpatients continuously throughout the week. In addition, through the Gold Service, primary physicians with BJH admitting privileges can admit patients and continue to provide daily care in conjunction with a Hospital Medicine clinician.

To refer a patient to the Hospitalist Service, please call 314-362-1700 in advance of admission. Patients may be referred 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Physicians who wish to refer patients to Barnes-Jewish Hospital may prefer to call the Doctor’s Access Line at 1-800-252-3627, and request admission to the Hospitalist Service.