About the Hospitalist Service
A hospitalist is a specially trained physician whose sole focus is you, the patient, while you are in the hospital. They are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, which allows our patients to be more closely monitored throughout their hospital stay.
Hospitalists are also available to provide guidance and care to those patients who may not have a primary care physician or are from other communities.
When you are admitted to OSF Saint James, your primary care physician will request a hospitalist for you. The hospitalists stay in close contact with your primary care physician throughout the in-patient experience. The transition from your current physician to the hospitalist service and back again will be seamless.
Upon discharge, your primary care doctor will resume the management of your medical care and treatment and they will have access to all medical records from your hospitalization.
Raj Ughreja, MD
"We'll be there when you or your family needs us," says Dr. Raj. "We can answer questions and offer comfort. By being at the hospital on a daily basis, we can immediately address problems, make medication changes or evaluate test results promptly, which helps speed recovery."
As a hospitalist, Dr. Raj values being part of a team. "We do the hospital work while the primary care physician can focus on office care. Patients can count on the best possible care from each of us."
Dr. Raj is married to Shital, who is also a physician. They have two children.