What is a pediatric hospitalist?
When your child requires a stay at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, your primary doctor at home may request that your child receive care from one of our pediatric hospitalists.
Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians specially trained to address the unique needs of hospitalized children. They care for children in many areas of the hospital, including the pediatric unit, emergency department, and short-stay unit. Pediatric hospitalists have four years of medical school training as well as three years of residency training in pediatrics. They usually do not have an office practice, allowing them to focus solely on the care of children inside the hospital.
Children do not react to illnesses and injuries the same way as adults – either physically or emotionally. This is why our pediatric hospitalists are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They respond immediately to emergencies and are always available to answer questions and address concerns. Our hospitalists work with other specialists as needed to care for your child during hospitalization, and they coordinate necessary tests, procedures and treatments. Additionally, our pediatric hospitalist team members will:
· See your child several times a day and communicate with you about your child’s illness.
· Update your primary care physician if there is a significant change in your child’s condition.
· Contact your primary care physician when your child is discharged from the hospital and give them any important follow-up information.
At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, we believe in treating the entire patient and family through mind, body and spirit.