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Hospitalist Staff List
Kenneth P. Patrick, MD, Director, Hospitalist Service, Internal Medicine
The division of Hospital Medicine (Hospitalists) within the Department of Medicine provides a broad range of services for patients at the Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC), including providing both inpatient and outpatient services.
The active inpatient Hospitalist service meets the needs of patients requiring acute care hospitalization. Some of the medical problems diagnosed and treated include acute infections, dehydration, metabolic disorders, as well as other conditions related to the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and kidneys. Working in conjunction with their colleagues in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology and medical subspecialties, the Hospitalists coordinate and help manage the acute medical problems of those patients requiring admission to FCCC. The Hospitalists assist in the development of a post-discharge plan put together with input from the patient, family, nurses, therapists, case managers, social workers, and the primary oncology team. By communicating with the patient’s primary care provider and oncologist, the Hospitalists help transition the patient’s care from the inpatient to the outpatient setting.
The Hospitalists may be asked to work in cooperation with the Department of Surgical Oncology when post-operative surgical patients require evaluation and treatment of pre-existing or new medical problems while those patients are in the hospital. Helping surgical oncologists care for their patients with Diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, and hypertension are just some examples.
Fox Chase’s Direct Referral Unit (DRU) is overseen by the Hospitalist service. This area provides urgent care for FCCC outpatients upon referral by their primary FCCC medical, surgical, or radiation oncologist. Currently the DRU evaluates and treats patients five days a week, with the possibility of a sixth day being added in the near future.
The Hospitalists are developing a Transitional Care Clinic (TCC). The TCC will allow patients recently discharged from FCCC who are at high risk for readmission to be evaluated within 3-5 days of their discharge. This early visit will be used to determine the success of the plan made at the time of discharge and modify the plan as needed to minimize the chance for readmission.
The Hospitalists at FCCC help establish a bridge between highly specialized cancer care and general medicine. Their goal is to provide the highest quality medical care to patients receiving the highest quality cancer care at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.