What is a pediatric hospitalist?
In the same way that cardiologists specialize in the care of the heart, hospitalists specialize in the care of the hospitalized patient. Many people are being treated by this kind of doctor, a doctor who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. The hospitalist is not your regular pediatrician or family doctor, but a doctor who is responsible for your medical care while you are in the hospital.
Hospitalists are on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day to provide you with ongoing and immediate care. They partner with your physician to provide you with the highest level of care during your hospital stay.
All hospitalists at Covenant Health are board-certified pediatricians who have completed training in pediatrics and have specialized in the care of the hospitalized child.
Why is there a pediatric hospitalist program at Covenant Children's?
The main reason for hospitalist programs are increased efficiency and most importantly-- improved patient care. Hospitalists are able to read test results immediately and order further testing as necessary. This can prevent prolonged hospital stays. The hospitalists are able to make rounds throughout the day and night and even discharge patients at all times during the day. The hospitalist program provides assurance to both physicians and patients that ongoing and immediate care is available to the patient during their hospital stay.
How are rounds made?
Daily rounds are made in the morning between 9 am and noon. If the need arises an attending physician will come to evaluate your child. Rounds are made in a family centered format communicating how your child is doing and any status changes. At the end of the discussion about your child's status, you and other family members will be asked if you have any questions. This is a time for you to ask about anything that pertains to your child's stay.
How does the program work?
If your child needs to be hospitalized, your physician may choose to coordinate admission with the hospitalist group. If you are admitted through the ER then your physician will be notified.
Contact will be made with the primary care physician and updates made throughout the hospital stay. At the end of your child's stay your primary care physician will receive a copy of the discharge summary that informs them of the events that happened during your hospital stay as well as any medications that were added or changed and any follow up plans made.
The hospitalist group will consult other specialists as needed during your child's hospital stay. Weekends and nights are not any different. A hospitalist is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Is hospitalist care only available in Lubbock?
No, Covenant Children's has partnered with Medical Center Hospital in Odessa and Midland Memorial Hospital to provide 24/7 hospitalist coverage. If need arises, our teams provide cohesive communication to transfer patients between facilities when Covenant Children's higher level of care is required. The hospitalists programs in Midland and Odessa are held to the same high standard of care as Covenant Children's hospitalists. Each of the three hospitalist programs provide great care for the West Texas children's population.