When your child is brought to the hospital, rest assured that he or she will be in the best care thanks to the pediatric hospitalists at Carroll Hospital Center. Specializing in hospital-based services, our pediatric hospitalists are board-certified or board-eligible pediatricians dedicated to providing care for hospitalized newborns, children and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They may also partner with other specialists, such as surgeons to address a child’s medical needs.
Pediatric hospitalists treat children with a variety of illnesses and medical concerns, including:
• Infectious illnesses of the blood, skin, lungs and kidneys
• Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
• Problems with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
• Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
• Recovery from injuries or surgeries
• Newborn care
What Pediatric Hospitalists Do
At Carroll Hospital Center, your child’s pediatric hospitalist will visit him or her throughout the day, primarily to:
• Coordinate treatment
• Monitor your child’s progress
• Review test results
• Order changes to treatment, if needed
• Answer any questions concerning your child’s illness, treatment options and recovery
Collaborating with Your Child's Primary Care Physician
Pediatric hospitalists do not replace your child’s primary care physician instead they provide continuity of care. During your child’s stay, we will work closely with your pediatrician or family practitioner and keep him or her informed of your child’s status. We will also obtain your child’s relevant medical background information and review medical records from any previous admissions to the hospital.
The Family Member's Role
We consider family members an important part of the treatment team, that's why we encourage you to discuss any issues or concerns you may have about your child’s care with his or her pediatric hospitalist at any time during your child's stay.
Once discharged, your child will return to the care of his or her primary care physician. Throughout your child's stay, your child’s pediatric hospitalist will have stayed in close contact with the primary care physician to keep him or her informed. Therefore, at discharge, he or she will be well aware of your child’s condition, treatment, health status and discharge plan.
If your child does not have a primary care physician, your child's nurse will be happy to give you a referral to one of our affiliated physicians or to a physician of your choice. You can also call the Carroll Hospital Center physician referral line at 410-871-7000, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.