Pediatric Hospital Medicine

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Service at the UVA Children’s Hospital is staffed by Pediatric Hospitalists.  A pediatric hospitalist is a board certified pediatrician who works primarily in the hospital and understands the unique needs and complexities of caring for hospitalized children.  We specialize in caring for infants, children and adolescents with both common and complex medical conditions while they are in the hospital.

Hospitalists serve as the supervising doctors (“attending physicians”), who work closely with medical, surgical, and emergency medicine specialists to ensure your child receives compassionate care. We also communicate with your primary care pediatrician when coordinating your child’s discharge home from the hospital. Current, evidence-based medicine is used to develop, implement, refine and advance best practices in this inter-professional setting.

 

Practice Family Centered Care

Family-centered care is an approach to health care that focuses on forming a positive working partnership between health care providers, patients, and families. We believe that families play an important role in ensuring the health and well-being of our patients, and acknowledge that emotional, social, and developmental support are important components of comprehensive care.

Our hospitalists believe that your child is best served by directly involving your family throughout the process. Our goal is to include you and your child as we:

  • Conduct rounds in your child’s hospital room
  • Encourage you to ask questions and play an active role in your child’s care
  • Have open, honest discussions regarding the plan of care
  • Help you make informed decisions about your child’s care

 

What to Expect

Upon admission to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Service, your child will be thoroughly evaluated by members of our team, who will perform a comprehensive history and physical examination. The hospitalist will provide an overview of the treatment plan and will coordinate care with any necessary specialists or care providers. UVA Children’s Hospital is a teaching hospital; your medical team will be comprised of a supervising physician (“attending”), resident physicians and medical students.

Every morning, our team will conduct Family-Centered Rounds. We will perform a focused physical examination, discuss the updated plan of care including goals for discharge, and will address any concerns you may have.

When your child is ready for discharge, we will supply detailed instructions, including follow-up plans. We will keep your primary pediatrician and specialists informed regarding your child’s hospitalization and will provide them a comprehensive summary of your stay in order to better coordinate ongoing care.

Preparing to Stay at the Hospital

We understand having your child hospitalized can be challenging and scary. At UVA Children’s Hospital, our first priority is to provide expert, compassionate care that meets your child’s individual needs.

We also want to make sure you and your child feel as comfortable and prepared for your child’s time in the hospital as possible. Please review the following information about your child’s hospital stay to help you know what to expect. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call your child’s doctor or clinic.

Contact US
  • If you or your child is experiencing a non-emergency health problem, please contact your pediatrician.
  • For admission information, please have your pediatrician contact the call UVA Physician Direct at 552.3723 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This line is open to doctors only.
  • For more information on the Pediatric Hospitalist Program, please call 434-243-0072