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Hospital Medicine

doctor and nurse examining patientThe pediatric hospitalists at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are dedicated to providing specialized care and treatment to children of all ages during a hospital stay. Pediatric hospitalists are board certified physicians, who are specially trained to serve the unique needs of a hospitalized child and family. They act on behalf of a primary care pediatrician and communicate directly with primary care providers to ensure continuous care once a child has returned home.

A pediatric hospitalist may be thought of as a general pediatrician who works in a hospital and cares for infants, children and teens who have been admitted to Connecticut Children’s in Hartford or Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury for a range of common or complex conditions, including:

  • Apparent life threatening events
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Croup
  • Dehydration
  • Diagnostic dilemmas
  • Eating disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Lead poisoning
  • Multisystem disease
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Newborn fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Viral gastroenteritis

Bedside Care

Hospitalists care for more than 95 percent of our general pediatric inpatients and Connecticut Children’s provides special amenities to our patients and families that few other children’s hospitals can offer. In a kid-friendly environment, our pediatric inpatients stay in single rooms with private bathrooms including a shower and tub. Each room is designed for parents to room-in, staying close to their child during treatment and overnight. Pediatric hospitalist care includes:

  • Bedside access to physicians who coordinate expert care within the hospital
  • 24/7 availability and communication with pediatric physicians
  • Familiarity with your child’s condition and course of treatment throughout a hospital stay
  • Efficient, multispecialty care with better outcomes based on a child’s length of stay
  • Family-centered rounds in which the family member is involved in decision making
  • At-home treatment plans developed in collaboration with your child’s pediatrician

Once a child is ready to go home, Connecticut Children’s hospitalists ensure continuity of care with direct communication with their referring pediatrician. A treatment plan is always in place for at-home or follow up care. A seamless and safe transition to outpatient care is critical and highly valued by Connecticut Children’s pediatric hospitalists.

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