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Valley Children’s hospitalists are board certified pediatricians serving as the always-on-duty doctors in the inpatient environment. Hospitalists at Valley Children’s train together and work together to maintain consistently high standards of care throughout all inpatient units. Our hospitalists also serve as an important bridge between inpatient and primary care, communicating with referring physicians about their patient’s status while they are hospitalized. Hospitalists are onsite at all times, day or night. They streamline the admission and discharge process, a service that is beneficial to a patient’s family and helps improve the overall experience. This also has financial benefits. If a patient is ready for discharge but has to wait, it can increase costs, the family’s bill and the burden on insurers. Our hospitalists make sure that patients who are ready to go home get checked out and on their way.

Hospitalists also provide on-site pediatric care at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, providing 24-hour inpatient physician coverage for pediatric patients. 

Hospitalist Program Ensures Continuity of Care

  • 24/7 coverage on Acute Care units by pediatric hospitalists.
  • Hospitalists are the ‘pediatrician of record’ during a patient’s stay and coordinate with the primary care physician.
  • Provide rapid response to any child who takes a turn for the worse.
  • Streamline the admission and discharge process for the patients.
  • Supervise pediatric residents.

Hospitalists Enhance Quality

They develop and monitor clinical pathways for:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Croup
  • Diabetic ketoascidosis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Surgery
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Viral meningitis

Almost 1 in 4 of our patients were on a pathway in 2007.

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Emergency Department:
    • Hospitalists make sure children are admitted rapidly, moving patients from the ED to an inpatient unit as soon as possible, clearing a room in the ED for the next emergency patient.
  • Inpatient Acute Care Units:
    • Hospitalists provide 24/7 coverage on Acute Care units.
  • Nursing staff:
    • An indispensible clinical resource for nurses.
    • If nurses are concerned about a patient, a hospitalist is there right away.
    • Nurses communicate with hospitalists when they have a question or concern about a patient.
  • Community pediatricians/primary care providers:
    • Our hospitalists communicate with a child’s pediatrician or primary care physician so they know what is happening with their patients.