Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine
Specialists in Pediatric Inpatient Care
It is our honor and pleasure to care for your child.
Who are pediatric hospitalists?
- We are board certified pediatric doctors who specialize in caring for hospitalized infants, children, and adolescents.
- We are the doctors who will supervise and coordinate all areas of your child's care during his or her stay.
- We are responsible for coordinating with other specialists caring for your child.
- A pediatric hospitalist is always in the hospital and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. We are available onsite to respond quickly to changes in your child's condition.
- You may have different members of the hospitalist team during your stay. They will be well-informed of your child's condition and needs.
- We consult in the Emergency Rooms on pediatric patients.
How do they help my child?
In general, having a pediatric hospitalist on staff results in more one on one attention, shorter lengths of stay for your child, and better outcomes. All of the pediatric hospitalists at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are dedicated to providing the best evidence-based medical care possible. We have relationships with pediatric specialists in Boston to assist us in specialized care and answer any questions we may have at any time. If your child already has a specialist in Boston, we often discuss your case with them to obtain their guidance and advice throughout your child's stay.
Primary Care Communication and Pediatric Hospitalists
It it our privilege to serve as your hospital pediatrician. In general, you will not see your child's primary pediatrician during your child's hospital stay, but he or she will continue care after your child is discharged from the hospital. It is part of our job to communicate with your primary care provider so he or she knows what is happening while your child is in the hospital.
What if my child does not have a primary care provider?
Please let us know immediately.
We will help you choose a doctor to follow up with. We will contact that doctor to update him or her on your child's condition.
What can I expect for my child who has been admitted to the hospital?
Your child will be cared for by pediatric trained nurses in our dedicated pediatric unit. Your child will be seen at least once a day by a pediatric hospitalist while in the hospital, generally in the mid-morning. A pediatric hospitalist is available day and night to answer any questions you may have about your child while you are at the hospital. Once your child is well enough to go home, a discharge summary of the hospitalization will be dictated and sent to your child's doctor.
What can I expect if I deliver via C-section or have a high risk pregnancy?
A pediatric hospitalist attends your delivery if you deliver via C-section or have a high risk delivery. Your child will be examined at least once a day by a hospitalist. Circumcisions are generally performed after 24 hours of age on all males desire the procedure. A pediatric hospitalist is available day and night to answer any questions you may have about your baby while you are at the hospital. At the time of birth, as well as at discharge, your baby will receive a comprehensive, head-to-toe exam.
What happens at discharge?
- We will discuss discharge goals and plans early during your child's hospital stay.
- You will be informed as early as possible before discharge so that you have time to plan your child's return home.
- When your child is ready for discharge, we will provide you with all prescriptions for the medicines your child needs to take home.
- You should arrange to see your Primary Care Provider and any other specialists in the recommended time for follow up care.
- A discharge summary will be sent to your child's Primary Care Provider.