Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who care for patients admitted to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for general pediatric conditions. Their time and expertise is specifically devoted to caring for patients who are in the hospital. Hospitalists have a special interest in the diagnostic challenges of general pediatrics, including:
- Multi-system diseases
- Complex single-system problems
- Basic pediatric problems
Our pediatric hospitalists are dedicated to providing the safest and best possible care to patients by serving as physician leaders in the hospital. These doctors have years of experience in diagnosing and managing a wide variety of the most complex pediatric medical conditions.
Your pediatric hospitalist is available during working hours, and the on-call hospitalist is available after hours and can be reached with the assistance of your nurse or pediatric resident.
Continuity of care
In addition to providing medical care, a hospitalist’s job is to communicate and coordinate with each patient’s family, primary care provider and other specialists involved in patient care. Hospitalists help fortify the bridge between hospital and outpatient settings to streamline this process. Some of the ways hospitalists do this are:
- Providing a smooth transition between your referring physician’s office and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
- Relaying timely, important information to your child’s primary care physician during a hospital stay and at discharge
- Conducting patient and family-centered rounds with joint decision-making on a daily basis
- Utilizing in-house knowledge of hospital policies and routines
- Creating a partnership between your primary care doctor and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital to ensure your child receives the best medical care
- Enlisting the help of inpatient care coordinators to keep the in-hospital experience running smoothly