Honesdale - On Jan. 1, three hospitalist physicians, or “inpatient doctors” will join the Wayne Memorial Hospital medical staff. All three are internal medicine physicians who will attend only to hospitalized patients. “The Hospitalist program offers many benefits for our patients, our medical staff and our community at large,” said David Hoff, chief executive officer of Wayne Memorial Hospital. “A hospitalist does not maintain an outside office practice, so he or she can spend all their working time in the hospital. They are more readily available to our patients and their families.” Hoff added that, for the same reason, hospitalists can also help relieve some of the pressures “incurred by our primary care physicians who are always traveling between their offices and the hospital.” Primary care physicians who choose to take advantage of the Hospitalist program will transfer a patient’s care to the Hospitalist for the duration of the patient’s hospital stay. The care will be transferred back to the primary care physician upon discharge.