New Hospitalist Service begins
Hospitalists are physicians and nurse practitioners who specialize in the care of inpatients.


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At Mid Coast Hospital, our highest priority is providing the very best care for patients. So we are pleased to introduce our new “hospitalist” service.

“Hospitalists are physicians and nurse practitioners who specialize in the care of inpatients, ensuring greater continuity of care,” explains Mid Coast’s medical director Scott Mills, MD.

“The Mid Coast team of hospitalists will eventually number six—three physicians and three nurse practitioners, one or more of whom will be available to our inpatients 24/7.”

The service begins February 1, when Mid Coast Hospital welcomes Austin Tagbo, MD. Dr. Tagbo comes to us after working as a hospitalist at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity at the Williamsburg Community Hospital in Virginia.

In the first week of February, Donna Guenther, Mary Lake and Robin Beltramini will join our staff as hospitalist nurse practitioners. All three are familiar faces in the Mid Coast community and bring ICU, ER, and hospitalist experience to their new positions.

Donna Guenther, NP, worked as a hospitalist at Portland’s Mercy Hospital. “I’ve experienced the great patient outcomes and continuity of care for both patients and their families” that this type of service provides, she says.

“Patients can be admitted directly from the primary care physician’s office or through the emergency department to the hospitalist service,” says Dr. Tagbo.

“During the hospitalization, the hospitalist will liaise with the primary care doctor, updating them on the patient’s medical management, care, and discharge disposition.”

“Our hospitalist service will allow our community of primary care physicians more time to devote to outpatient care and other responsibilities,” adds Dr. Mills. “We’re implementing systems to assure appropriate and timely communication between the hospitalists and community physicians.”

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