Pediatric Hospitalists provide 24-hour care for kids at Mercy
It’s a moment every parent dreads. A trip to the hospital with a child facing illness or injury. Mercy Medical Center pediatric hospitalists sole job is to care for the needs of younger patients who are admitted to the medical center. These specialists provide 24-hour-a-day in-house coverage at Mercy 365 days a year.
A pediatric hospitalist is a pediatrician whose primary job is to take care of anyone under age 21 who is admitted to the hospital, with the approval from the child’s regular pediatrician or family physician. The child can be their sole responsibility, or the pediatric hospitalist can work in consultation with the child’s primary care physician or pediatrician.
How does the patient benefit? Published studies indicate that the level and quality of care have improved with 24-hour coverage by pediatric hospitalists. Another benefit from the growing movement is that the pediatric hospitalist allows private pediatricians more time to devote to their patients in the office.
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