Hospitalists are physicians who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. They treat hospitalized patients who have been referred by primary care physicians, emergency room physicians or other physicians at the hospital. Hospitalists are based in the hospital and will manage and coordinate all aspects of your hospital stay at Martin General Hospital, from admission until discharge. Hospitalists will work closely with your primary care physician and any consulting physicians involved in your care.

Why is a hospitalist caring for me?

Your primary care physician has requested that a hospitalist be in charge of your care during your hospital stay. Your primary care doctor may still check on you and discuss your care with the hospitalist while you are in their care.

How does the hospitalist practice work?

The hospitalist will be in charge of your inpatient care and will see you every day while you are in the hospital. The hospitalist will be available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The hospitalist works at Martin General Hospital full time to provide care and attend to any emergencies that may arise. The hospitalist may consult other physicians to participate in your care as well.

What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician?

Your primary care physician will provide your hospitalist with information about your past health history to the hospitalists and they will discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is then sent to your primary care physician. Communication continues between the hospitalist and your primary care physician throughout your hospital stay.

What if I need another specialist while in the hospital?

Your hospitalist will arrange for any necessary consultations from other physicians or specialists. If you have already been seeing other physicians at Martin General Hospital or elsewhere be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.

What happens to my care at discharge?

Since the hospitalist does not have an office-based practice, you will continue care with your primary care physician upon your discharge. The hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need and you may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care physician. You are welcome to contact the hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.

What if I don’t have a regular primary care physician?

The hospitalist or any other staff at Martin General Hospital can assist in finding a physician for you to see after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.

Our hospitalists are available to patients around the clock and do individual check-ins at least once a day if necessary. Family members are encouraged to be present when the hospitalist comes around but we ask that one family member be designated as the primary contact person to gather information and ask questions. That designated person can also get in touch with the hospitalist through the nursing staff.

If you don’t have a primary care provider, our hospitalists and nursing staff are happy to help you find one when you leave the hospital. All of your records can be transferred to your physician of choice.


After discharge, it’s important to follow all instructions, including making any specialist or rehab appointments.


You will receive at least two itemized bills from the hospital, one for hospital services and one for each doctor who provided care, including the hospitalist. The statement will be from Roanoke Medical Associates or Downtown Primary Care. If you have any questions regarding the bill, please call the number printed on the statement.

Meet the Team:

Dhruva Chawla, M.D.

Medical School: University of Connecticut
Residency: University of Connecticut Internal Medicine
Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Harsh Chawla, M.D.

Medical School: University of Delhi, UCMS, Delhi, India
Residency: University of Connecticut Health Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine


For more information or hospital billing questions, please call: (252) 809-6220