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Newton Medical Center: The Patient Experience
When your child requires hospitalization, his or her primary care physician may request that a specially trained physician, called a hospitalist, oversee your child’s care during his or her stay in the hospital.
With a hospitalist, your child will have the benefit of being seen by a doctor who focuses entirely on the care of children who require hospitalization.
The hospitalists at Newton Medical Center are board-certified in pediatrics and care for children in the Pediatric Unit. They also attend deliveries and care for newborns in the Maternity Unit. In addition, they provide pediatric consultations in Newton Medical Center’s Emergency Department.
Our hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A hospitalist will see your child every day or as needed throughout the hospitalization. They are easily accessible to answer your questions and discuss your child’s care. Since our hospitalists are on-site, they can respond immediately to any emergencies that may arise.
Our hospitalists are very familiar with the patient care system in place at Newton Medical Center. This allows them to seamlessly coordinate any other services your child may require during his or her hospital stay. They also work closely with primary care physicians and health care providers at other area hospitals.
Because of their experience with complex illnesses and injuries, our hospitalists know when to consult with other specialists. If your child should need the care of another specialty physician, our hospitalists are ready to make those critical connections at a moment’s notice.
Our hospitalists and your child’s primary care physician work together closely. When your child is admitted, your primary doctor may provide the hospitalist with information about your child’s health history. Your primary doctor is kept informed about your child’s progress during the hospital stay.
Our physicians make the extra effort to keep your child’s primary doctor up-to-speed. They will prepare detailed reports and treatment plans and send this important information to your primary doctor. Our hospitalists’ goal is to provide your doctor with all the information he or she will need to care for your child after discharge from the hospital.
As an added benefit, because our hospitalists care for children in the hospital, your child’s primary doctor can be more available to your family in his or her office.