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Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Somerset Campus

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"Teaming up for Your Child's Health"

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?

A pediatric hospitalist is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in hospital-based care, also known as inpatient care. When you arrive at the hospital, the hospitalist becomes responsible for the care of your child. The hospitalist will evaluate your child's  condition, arrange for admission and assess your child on a daily basis to monitor progress and answer your questions. The hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing you with convenient, prompt access to a medical professional in the event of a change in condition.

Who Are the Hospitalists?

The physicians involved with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Pediatric Hospitalist Program are compassionate, board-certified pediatricians dedicated to providing quality inpatient care for your child through an affiliation with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Does the Pediatric Hospitalist Replace my Child's Doctor?

Our pediatric hospitalists are partners with your child's primary care physician. They communicate on an ongoing basis at admission, during your stay and at discharge. The hospitalist will provide you and your physician with detailed information regarding any follow-up services or medications that your child may need when they return home. The hospitalist also will recommend a date for your child's follow-up visit with your primary care physician.

What if my Child Needs a Pediatric Specialist?

In the event that your child requires a specialist's services or care in an intensive care unit, the hospitalist can coordinate care with the appropriate specialists.

Do Pediatric Hospitalists Provide Routine Care for Newborns?

The pediatric hospitalists provide routine care for newborns whose doctors are not affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. As with pediatric patients, we see newborn patients daily and ensure that each has a follow-up appointment scheduled with their doctor before discharge. In the event that your newborn needs blood work at a time when your doctor is unavailable, it will be done through Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's outpatient lab and results and recommendations for appropriate care will be given to you.

What if my Child Comes to the Emergency Department?

Because pediatric hospitalists are available at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a hospitalist will be available when called by an emergency department doctor.