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.

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.