At Cohen Children’s Medical Center and many other hospitals throughout the nation, hospitalists are now caring for children. Hospitalists are physicians with an expertise in caring for patients admitted to hospitals, and they are employed by the hospital. Throughout your child’s stay, a pediatric hospitalist will communicate and coordinate with your primary care physician.
The pediatric hospitalist conducts family-centered rounds with a multidisciplinary team, which includes a bedside nurse, pediatric residents, a social worker, a case manager and a child life specialist.
Together, the team is focused on collaborating with patients and families to make the best decision about their child’s care. This includes providing:
- Primary management of children admitted with general pediatric and complex medical conditions
- Medical consultation for surgical and medical subspecialty patients
- Co-management of surgical subspecialty patients
Newborn nursery care
New babies bring an abundance of happiness, laughter, and fun into our lives. We are excited to help you welcome your new baby. Our hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians that have completed training in pediatrics. The newborn nursery hospitalist provides complete medical care of your newborn baby from delivery through discharge, including guidance for new parents. Our pediatric hospitalists work in the children’s hospital as well as the Newborn Nursery.
Newborn care includes:
- Complete physical examination of infants on admission to the nursery and again on the day of discharge
- Daily assessment of infants
- Management of infants with common problems such as jaundice and breastfeeding issues
Our team of dedicated newborn nursery hospitalists provides the safest, highest quality medical care to newborns during their stay in the nursery. Your pediatrician may request the nursery hospital to care for your newborn. The Newborn Nursery hospitalists work with the medical team to provide a family- centered and comprehensive approach to newborn care. The hospitalists support families with education regarding newborn care, breastfeeding, and anticipatory guidance. The Newborn Nursery Hospitalists communicates with your child’s primary care physician.
Pediatric hospital medicine patients are admitted from the Cohen Children’s Emergency Department and from another healthcare facility. If you child requires admission to the Cohen Campus Inpatient Unit, have your physician contact the pediatric hospitalist at (718/516) 413-1814.
Education and training
The physicians in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cohen Children’s care for hospitalized infants, children, adolescents and young adults. In addition, the hospitalists provide medical consultation for surgical patients, as well as co-manage surgical subspecialty patients.
The pediatric hospitalists are involved in educating medical students and residents. Several of the hospitalists are in leadership positions including such roles as associate pediatric program director and pediatric clerkship director for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. All of the hospitalists are board certified or board eligible. They routinely attend continuing education sessions regionally and nationally. Our pediatric hospitalists collaborate with other clinical divisions in research, clinical care and quality improvement.