What is a pediatric hospitalist?
A pediatric hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in caring for children from birth to 18 years while they are in the hopital. They are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill children who require hospitalization. Because our pediatric hospitalists practice inside the hospital, they are ready and available for the type of care required by hospitalized children and their family. They also are available to discuss your child's care including diagnoses, tests, and need for further treatment or procedures - 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Kadlec Regional Medical Center's hospitalists work closely with your child's physician and communicate with your doctor regarding your child's admission to the hospital and follow-up care. Your regular doctor may visit your child in the hospital at any time.
Who makes up the Kadlec Pediatric Team?
Kadlec Regional Medical Center's Pediatric Hospitalists are a team of pediatricians who have completed four years of medical school and at least three years of pediatric residency. They work collaboratively with your primary care provider as well as with pediatric subspecialists as needed to provide the highest quality inpatient experience for your child and family. Through a partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital, our pediatric hospitalist team is working to provide services that previously have not been available in our community.
We also work as a team with our outstanding pediatric nurses, social workers, child life specialist, and allied health professionals to provide your family with a holistic, thoughtful and comprehensive experience during your hospital stay.
The Hospitalist team helps:
When you need a specialist.
When specialty care is needed, the team will work with you to arrange coordinated subspecialty care. Our relationship with Seattle Children's Hospital gives our patients access to world-class leaders in nearly all areas of pediatric medicine.
When you leave the hospital.
When your family is discharged from the hospital, your child will return to the care of your primary doctor who will resume the responsibility for your child's medical care. The team will provide him or her with a written report of important medical information about your child's hospitalization and discharge plan. They will also help arrange follow-up care, prescribe any medicines, and arrange for special medical equipment if needed.
When you don't have a primary care provider.
If you do not have a doctor or other primary health care provider, the hospitalist team, and other Kadlec Regional Medical Center staff, will help you find one to care for your child after you leave the hospital.
How do I contact the Kadlec Pediatric Hospitalist Team?
When you are a patient in the hospital, there are a number of people who have a role in caring for your child. The Kadlec Regional Medical Center Pediatric Hospitalist Team is here for you. If you or your family wish to speak to a pediatric hospitalist doctor, please ask your nurse to help you make arrangements.