Pediatric Hospital Medicine
The mission of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Division is to be a service-oriented, cohesive academic hospitalist team, providing patients with quality medical care that is safe, efficient, and addresses the longitudinal needs of patients and families. This is performed with vision to become the preferred provider of quality inpatient general medical services to children and families in the Hampton Roads area and surrounding communities.
This mission and vision is carried out using a C. A. R. E. Model:
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters' hospitalists specialize in inpatient, non-intensive medical care of children. They provide comprehensive coverage for patients from admission through discharge, communicate routinely with primary care pediatricians to discuss diagnostic and treatment regimens, and ensure appropriate follow-up. Hospitalists emphasize continuity of care during a child's hospital stay to minimize handoffs and maximize safety. The focus on family-centered care allows parent involvement with transparent decision-making. Our hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hospitalists are actively involved in hospital administrative efforts, including routine participation on safety, quality, and electronic health committees. They work closely with our nursing and ancillary staff colleagues to practice evidence-based medicine and develop practical clinical algorithms.
The Hospitalist Division is involved in several academic pursuits that include projects to examine discharge coordination, electronic communication, meningitis demographics, and the treatment of inpatient asthma. They believe in exploring new ways to better treat hospitalized children and sharing that knowledge with colleagues nationwide.
Hospitalists are closely involved with medical education. There are routinely 3-4 medical students from EVMS on the ward team. They are front line in teaching 60 pediatric residents (~20 per year). Hospitalists have several didactic sessions prepared and encourage independent thought in the discovery and review of leading-edge research. Members with the division have also won several teaching awards.
The Division offers a one-year Fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine.