Pediatric Hospital Medicine

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?

Pediatric hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians who specialize in the care of infants, children and adolescents who are hospitalized.

Overview

Our Team

We work within a multidisciplinary team composed of:

  • nurses
  • medical and surgical specialists
  • respiratory therapists, pediatric pharmacists
  • physical and occupational therapists
  • child life specialists
  • social workers
  • pediatric nutritionists
  • imaging and laboratory personnel

We use a family-centered care model because we believe involving the child's family as members of the health care team is vital to the recovery of the child.

We supervise and educate resident physicians and medical students.

We participate in patient safety and health care quality initiatives.

Our Patients

We provide inpatient care to patients when their primary care doctor does not admit to Vermont Children’s Hospital or when he or she has chosen to utilize our services.  We also provide inpatient consultation to subspecialty services.

Our patient population includes patients from birth to young adults.  We care for patients in the Emergency Department, on the Children’s Inpatient Floor on Baird 5, and in the Newborn Nursery. 

The referring primary care provider receives a phone update within 24 hours of admission and at the time of discharge.  More frequent calls are made if there are significant updates or at the request of the primary care provider.  A discharge summary is faxed to the primary care provider at the time of discharge.

Our Availability

Coverage is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for Emergency Department Consults and pediatric inpatient admissions.

Engaging Our Services

We are available through the Provider Access Services, PAS, at (802)-847-2700, 24 hours a day for questions or consultation.

Emergency Department Referrals

If you would like your patient to be evaluated in the Emergency Department by the Pediatric Hospitalist service, please page the Pediatric Hospitalist or Pediatric Resident through PAS. You may also refer your patient to be evaluated by Emergency Department staff at any time.

Hospital Admissions

Patients are sometimes directly admitted to the Children’s floor if they are clinically stable and have been evaluated by their doctor within the hour prior to arrival. To request direct admission, please call PAS and ask for Patient Placement Services. Patient Placement will facilitate a conference call with the Hospitalist, during which you and the hospitalist will discuss the appropriate disposition for your patient.

Hospital Transfers

If you would like to transfer a patient to Vermont Children’s Hospital and the Hospitalist Service, please call PAS and ask for Patient Placement Services.  Patient Placement will facilitate a conference call with the Hospitalist.

Hospitalist Coverage for Local Physician Practices

If you would like to utilize our services for your newborn and/or pediatric patients, please contact:

Mary Holl, Staff Assistant

Email:  Mary.Holl@vtmednet.org

Phone: (802) 847-5321
Fax: (802) 847-8064

Mailing Address:            
Pediatric Inpatient Medicine, Attn: Mary Holl
Mailstop 265SM5
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401