When your child is admitted to The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, in-hospital care may be managed by a group of specialized physicians called hospitalists. The hospitalist will work with your child’s physician to insure a seamless transition from outpatient care to inpatient service.
A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in The Children’s Hospital. Hospitalists are proficient in managing a full spectrum of serious pediatric illnesses and specialize in providing hospital care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for patients at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.
The benefits of a hospitalist include:
Keeping a close eye on your child: In the case of an emergency, your child’s hospitalist is never more than a few minutes away. He/she works in the hospital and is able to see your child more than once a day, if needed. Hospitalists have access to every specialty and department in Saint Francis Hospital to assist you to a smooth and speedy recovery.
Answering questions: Hospitalists provide the answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, they offer honest and considerate answers to yours or your child’s questions. Since hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your child about his or her care.
Monitoring treatment in a timely manner: Since hospitalists are hospital-based, they are able to order and interpret tests, as well as provide care in a very efficient and prompt manner.
A hospitalist knows about your child because he/she talks to your child’s physician on a regular basis. At the time of your child’s admission to The Children’s Hospital, your child’s physician calls the hospitalist and informs him or her of your condition. Your child’s physician also sends your child’s records to the hospitalist to provide as much information as possible about his or her illness. The process is similar to what your child’s physician does when he or she refers your child to a specialist for additional tests or treatment. During the course of your child’s hospitalization, his or her hospitalist and physician may talk further regarding his or her care. Hospitalists do not provide ongoing primary or specialty care. At discharge, your child’s hospitalist will communicate with his or her physician to discuss further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up appointments and prescribe the necessary medications. Your child’s follow-up care will then be managed by his or her physician.