What is a Hospitalist?
Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who specialize in caring for children admitted to the hospital. We provide in-hospital coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, we are able to respond quickly to your child’s needs and emergencies. We lead and coordinate all the services your child may need while they are in the hospital; this may include other subspecialists, nurses, social workers, case managers, nutritionists, and speech, occupational, and physical therapists. The hospitalist team will communicate with your primary care physician throughout your child’s stay, ensure follow up appointments and discharge needs are met, and prescribe necessary medications to get your child home safely after a hospital stay.
Quality Inpatient Care
Pediatric hospitalists have a special skill set to help manage a full spectrum of serious and medically complex illnesses. Some examples of diseases treated include:
- Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, croup, bronchiolitis, and asthma
- Urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis
- Sepsis and meningitis
- Flu and flu like illnesses along with their complications
- Gastroenteritis and dehydration
- Seizures – both new onset and chronic
- Osteomyelitis, cellulitis and abscesses
- Toxic ingestions
- Newborn issues such as jaundice and poor weight gain
Providing family-centered care
We believe that families are an important member of the care team. We practice family-centered rounds, where we meet with every patient and family to review how your child is doing, review information gathered during the admission, complete a physical exam, and create a plan for the day with your input. This is also a great time to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have. While we may be the experts in medicine, we know you’re the expert on your child.