Inpatient services are provided to patients during a hospital stay. You become an inpatient once you are admitted to the hospital with a doctor’s order. Outpatient services are provided in an outpatient setting, such as a doctor’s office, surgery center, or Emergency Department.
DHS operates three tertiary-care academic medical centers and a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital for patients recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries. These hospital sites have physicians completing their graduate medical education (residencies) from top medical schools, enhancing the scope and level of care DHS inpatients receive.
Patients are typically admitted to a hospital for an acute illness, traumatic injury, planned surgery, or observation and tests. Most hospital admissions come from the Emergency Department or are coordinated in advance by a patient’s primary care provider. DHS also provides inpatient psychiatric services.
Listed below are DHS hospitals that provide inpatient services. A hospital stay can often be prevented through regular, ongoing care with a Primary Care provider. To get linked to Primary Care services, go to the “Services” tab on the main homepage that will guide you to DHS clinics offering Primary Care services.