It’s 6:30 in the morning. You have spent most of the night in the ER with your very sick child, who was admitted about 4:30 this morning. You haven’t slept or eaten, you look a mess and your nerves are frazzled. Now, to make matters worse, a doctor whom you have never met walks in and announces that he is the ‘hospitalist’ who will be caring for your child during her hospitalization. Hospitalist? What is a hospitalist and where is your child’s primary care physician?
The concept of medical specialists is not new in health care. When a patient has a chronic or acute health issue he will typically be referred to another doctor who specializes in a certain field for diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, when a child is hospitalized, the PYAM doctors call upon hospitalists to assist them in providing your child with expert care and treatment, day and night.
Your primary care doctor simply can’t be at the hospital round the clock, but hospitalists can be. That is what they do. They are specialists who know how to work with your doctor and how to utilize the best that modern hospitals have to offer. Because of hospitalists, your child can be admitted, treated, and discharged without long delays waiting for your primary care physician to arrive and sign orders.
Because of hospitalists, your doctor is kept informed of your child’s condition while continuing to work in clinic. Routine things as well as emergencies can be dealt with by the hospitalist swiftly and with the highest standard of care.
The doctors of PYAM have chosen the Med-Peds Hospitalist Service as their partners in caring for your hospitalized child. With dual degrees in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, the thirteen doctors of Med-Peds work closely with your child’s doctor for excellence in care and the best possible outcome for your child. So while you will see a hospitalist visiting your little one , rest assured that your PYAM doctor is informed and actively participating in your child’s care.