What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?
A pediatric hospitalist is a board-certified doctor who specializes in caring for infants, children, adolescents and teens who have been hospitalized. The hospitalists coordinate your child’s care with your family’s pediatrician or family physician while they are in the Children’s Hospital. Though you may different hospitalists during your child’s hospital visit, they will be well informed of their condition and needs.
Benefits of a Pediatric Hospitalist Caring for Your Child:
- Quick response to changes in your child’s condition
- A board-certified pediatrician available 24 hours a day 365 days a year (including holidays)
- Consistent care and Hospitalists are familiar with the Children’s Hospital, staff, and specialists.
- Daily communication with your child’s medical team
- Availability to care for children with a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and medical conditions.
When will the Hospitalist visit my child?
Hospitalists may begin seeing your child as early as 6am. These exams are important in deciding your child’s treatment for that day. Rounding with our entire medical team will also take place during 8am – 12noon.
Be sure to write down any questions during the day so you can ask questions during these times. Members of your medical team will visit your child throughout the day, but should you have an urgent need, please contact your child’s nurse.
What happens when my child is discharged?
You will be notified as soon as possible before your child is to be discharged so you can make arrangements to go home. When your child is ready to be discharged you will receive following:
Prescriptions for medicines your child will need at home
Discharge summary of your child’s hospital stay
If necessary, follow up appointment(s) recommendations