Pediatric Hospitalists at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
While your child is staying at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,
their care will likely be coordinated by one of our experienced hospitalists.
Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who specifically work in the
hospital to care for patients. They take care of patients who have been
referred to them by primary care doctors, the Emergency Department or
other Children's Hospital specialists. As medical professionals familiar
with all the medical services our hospital offers, it is their job to
keep track of a patient’s condition and the various specialists
who have been involved in their care.
Looking Out for Every Patient’s Wellbeing
Staying at the hospital can be scary for children. The hospitalist will
be a friendly face that sticks with them for duration of their care. This
means thy can always rely on their hospitalist to be there to answer questions
and provide them assistance when they need it.
The hospitalist essentially serves as a stand-in for your regular physician
while hospitalized. It is important that your child’s primary care
provider stays up to date on their patient’s status, but very few
physicians have the time to visit the hospital and personally check on
the patient. Hospitalists will regularly contact the primary care provider
to discuss the patient’s care and plan a course of action. Once
the patient is discharged from the hospital, the hospitalist gives the
primary care provider a final update and instructions for any follow-up
care, if necessary.