COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has implemented a surgicalist program to complement the wide range of surgical services and specialties already available at the medical center.
Surgicalists are general surgeons who work only in the hospital and are immediately available to respond to patients who are brought into the emergency with an urgent surgical condition.
The surgeons of Middle Tennessee Surgical Specialists will continue seeing patients in the region needing surgical care and will continue to perform surgery at CRMC.
“We have a highly specialized surgical program at Cookeville Regional,” stated Paul Korth, CRMC CEO. “As our medical center and community has grown, the demand for more general surgery services has especially grown. By implementing a surgicalist program, it allows our existing general surgeons with Middle Tennessee Surgical Specialists to focus more on surgery cases that are scheduled through their office to be performed at the hospital. It also helps them by reducing the number of hours they are on call at the hospital responding to emergency cases, and they can, therefore, focus more on the patients in their office.”
When a patient comes through the ER needing urgent general surgery, they will be cared for by a surgicalist who will follow them through their hospital stay and also see them after their hospital discharge for a post-operative follow-up visit in their office located in the CRMC Professional Office Building in Suite 102 on Fridays. The office may be reached by calling 931-783-2902.
The surgicalists will keep the patient’s primary care physician informed about the surgical care provided for his or her patient and arrange for any specialty care, therapy or consultations with other specialists. They will then transition the patient’s medical care back to the patient’s primary provider, or to another specialty physician if needed, who will manage the medical treatment after discharge from the hospital.
“We at Middle Tennessee Surgical Specialists believe this service will be a valuable addition to the hospital, and we look forward to working with the surgicalists,” said surgeon Scott Copeland, MD, FACS.
Surgicalists joining the staff at Cookeville Regional are Terah C. Isaacson, M.D., Chinmay S. Majmundar, M.D., Brandon R. Fadner, M.D., and Danny Harrison, M.D.