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What is a hospitalist?

Our hospitalists are physicians, typically board certified in internal medicine, who specialize in providing care for hospitalized patients.

How do hospitalists benefit me?

hospitalist 1Because our hospitalists only see hospitalized patients, they are not distracted by a busy outpatient practice. Hospitalists are accustomed to taking care of patients with serious illnesses and have been trained in the latest diagnostics and treatments. A member of our hospitalist team is available on-site 24 hours a day so that they can respond to you as your condition changes and are able to coordinate your care in a timely and efficient manner.

How does my family doctor know what happened to me in the hospital?

Shortly after meeting with you and reviewing your medical records, the hospitalist provides a written report to your family physician. During your hospitalization, our hospitalist may speak to your family physician or request additional records to help assure continuity of your care. During your discharging process, our hospitalist will provide you with a current medication list, provide scripts for new medications, and help arrange follow up with your family physician. After discharge your family physician will receive an updated medical report and then resume responsibility for your ongoing care.

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

Having a family physician is very important for your ongoing health care needs. Since our hospitalists do not have outpatient offices, they are unable to see you after discharge. However, our physicians can assist in finding you a family physician prior to your discharge. Your records can be sent to the physician of your choice.

Will my insurance cover services rendered by the hospitalists?hospitalist 2

As employees of Cumberland Medical Center, our hospitalists are considered “within network” for most insurance companies. Our fees are very similar to what you would expect from your primary care doctor if he or she was to treat you in the hospital. Your bill will include any portion or our service not covered by your insurance company such as co-pays and deductibles. Our staff is available for any billing inquires.

What should I expect from the hospitalist?

You should expect the very best care from our team of hospitalists. A member of our team will see you at least once a day, and perhaps more often if necessary. You may see more than one member of our team during your stay, but your care should be continuous and seamless. We know that being in the hospital can be stressful for both you and your family. Our team will always treat you with respect and kindness. We will make every effort to keep you or your family informed of results and treatments, to discuss available treatment options, and to provide compassionate and honest answers to any questions during your care.

  • For information about our hospitalists call:  931-459-7033
  • For questions regarding billing, please call:  877-821-2902

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 Advantages of hospitalists in the care of hospitalized patients.

- One advantage is that hospitalists' have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis.


- One advantage is that hospitalists' have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis.

- They are also more available most of the day in the hospital to meet with family members, able to follow-up on tests, answer questions, and simply to deal with problems that may arise.

- In many instances, hospitalists' may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan, and to explain test findings to patients and family members.

- Hospitalists also coordinate the care of patients' in the hospital. They are the physicians that organize communication between different doctors caring for a patient, and serve as the point of contact for other doctors and nurses for questions, updates, and delineating a comprehensive plan of care.

- They are also the main physician for family members to contact for updates on a loved one.