Published on March 31, 2016

This doctor still makes house calls

This doctor still makes house calls

When I was a child, one of my sisters became very sick and couldn’t tolerate the ride to our family doctor’s office for an examination. One evening, after his office hours ended, our family doctor arrived at our home with his black leather bag that served as a veritable portable office. He examined her, gave her a shot of medicine, some instructions to my mother and was on his way.

I felt reassured by his presence and his care for my sister.

The value of home sick calls was one of the benefits that drew internal medicine physician James Chingos, MD, to join the MDVIP practice in Hyannis in June 2015.

“There is an incredible need to do home visits on the Cape,” especially when patients have a chronic disease or illness that makes it difficult to get to the office, said Dr. Chingos. “Having the opportunity to see patients in their home gives you a better understanding of the services they need and what is going on socially in their lives.”

When Walter Rymzo, MD decided to retire from MDVIP, he approached Dr. Chingos about taking over his practice. It came at a time when Dr. Chingos was ready to make a change.

“I knew that Dr. Rymzo was well known on the Cape and had a reputation for taking great care of his patients,” said Dr. Chingos. “I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel because his staff is an enormous support in that they know the patients very well.”

His arrival at MDVP brought Dr. Chingos full circle in his medical career. He started in internal medicine and then spent many years as a medical oncologist at Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He was also the founding physician and chief medical officer at HopeHealth House Calls.

“I am enjoying this opportunity to be back in internal medicine,” said Dr. Chingos.

MDVIP focuses on wellness and ease of accessibility to its services.

“It’s similar to a concierge practice, however, MDVIP is more wellness and health oriented,” said Dr. Chingos. He is able to spend more time with patients and their families because physical exams are scheduled for one hour and office visits are 30 minutes.

Same-day or next-day office visits are available and patients can contact Dr. Chingos 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients who join the practice pay a fee of $1,650 per year that covers the all the benefits of the practice. Their health insurance covers standard medical costs.