Pediatric Hospitalist Program
At the Regional Medical Center, Pediatric Hospitalists work with pediatricians and family physicians to provide high-quality care for children in the hospital in a way that is comfortable and reassuring for children and their parents.
RMC Pediatric Hospitalists are highly trained, board-certified, pediatricians who specialize in providing 24-hour, in-hospital care for pediatric patients who require hospitalization. Pediatric Hospitalists also attend deliveries and provide newborn care.
Benefits of Pediatric Hospitalist Program
- Pediatric care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays)
- Hospital-based pediatric specialists who are readily available to patients and their families for medical care or needs
- Familiarity with the hospital and specialists to ensure timely follow up with tests and treatments
- Ongoing communication and information sharing with all physicians involved in a child’s care
- Ability to care for children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs including:
- Illnesses such as bronchiolitis, bacteremia and cellulitis
- Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
- Problems with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
- Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
- Recovery from injuries or surgeries
- Care of newborns
For a list of RMC's pediatric hospitalists, go to Our Doctors and select Physician Specialty: Pediatrics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Hospitalists
What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?
A pediatric hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the area of hospitalized infants and children (up to age 17). Pediatric hospitalists are medical doctors who have at least four years of medical school and three years of pediatric residency training. Pediatric hospitalists do not maintain a private outside practice, so their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized pediatric patients. Pediatric hospitalists work with the patient’s primary care physician or pediatrician involved in the patient’s care. If there is a significant change in the patient’s condition, a pediatric hospitalist will update the patient’s physician. When the patient is discharged or transferred from the hospital, a pediatric hospitalist will give the patient’s physician an overview of the patient’s hospital stay and detailed instructions for any necessary additional care.
What happens when a pediatric patient is admitted to the hospital?
The patient’s primary care physician or pediatrician calls an RMC pediatric hospitalist to inform him/her of the patient’s condition and sends records to the hospital to provide needed information about the patient’s illness. The patient’s physician has requested that a pediatric hospitalist be in charge of managing the patient’s care while in the hospital.
When will the doctor see the patient?
RMC’s pediatric hospitalists are present or on-call and are available to take care of pediatric emergencies and admissions 24 hours a day, every day, including holidays. This on-site advantage offers patients prompt scheduling of tests, treatment of conditions and availability of a pediatric specialist/pediatrician. Pediatric hospitalists make rounds according to patients’ needs, usually between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
What if family wants to speak to the Pediatric Hospitalist?
When pediatric hospitalists make rounds (7:00 am - 5:00 pm), do not hesitate to ask questions about the patient’s care at that time, or, for the convenience of the family, a specified conference time may be scheduled through the patient’s nurse.
We encourage parents to communicate openly with our staff, and tell us how we can best serve their physical and emotional needs. Be involved in your child’s care. Take the opportunity of your child’s admission to ask questions and learn about your child’s illness and what you can do to prevent a recurrence, if possible, or how to treat the illness if it happens again.
What happens when the patient is discharged from RMC?
The child’s care will be transferred back to the child’s primary care physician or pediatrician when discharged from the hospital. A summary report about the child’s hospitalization, which will include a diagnosis, test results and a treatment plan, will be sent to the child’s physician.
What if the pediatric patient does not have a regular pediatrician?
If a pediatric patient is discharged from the hospital and does not have a primary care physician or pediatrician, the pediatric hospitalist will work with discharge planners to refer to and forward medical records to a physician or community clinic for follow-up care.