Pediatric Hospital Medicine

When a child is sick or injured and needs to be admitted to the hospital, attending physicians called pediatric hospitalists are key members of their care team during their hospitalization.

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), pediatric hospitalists provide care to children hospitalized with general pediatric diagnoses at both our Philadelphia and King of Prussia campuses. Our Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) team is made up of more than 100 pediatricians, and when your child is under our care, we will evaluate your child every day, discuss labs and imaging, and determine a plan of care.

Our hospitalists provide comprehensive treatment for a wide variety of pediatric conditions. We care for patients with breathing problems such an acute asthma exacerbation, pneumonia, and viral bronchiolitis. We treat infections such as sepsis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin or bone. If your child’s condition requires the help of subspecialists, we help coordinate care with other pediatric experts and develop a care plan that is best for your child’s condition.

In addition to general pediatric services across both hospitals, our pediatric hospitalist team also provides care for children with specific needs, including:

  • Medically complex children who are frequently hospitalized – Our pediatric hospitalists have expertise in the management of complex medical conditions and partner closely with CHOP’s Compass Care Program to optimize care coordination and provide the multidisciplinary care these children may need.
  • Hospitalized children with underlying lymphatic disorders – Our hospitalists work with lymphatic specialists from CHOP’s Center for Lymphatic Disorders to provide coordinated medical care for this unique diagnosis.
  • Patients who are hospitalized for surgery – PHM partners with specialists in Neurosurgery, Urology and Plastic Surgery to co-manage patients before and after surgery.
  • Patients hospitalized briefly for observation – We provide care in our Pediatric Observation Unit for children who require a short hospital stay.
  • Patients who require sedation – We have a team of pediatric hospitalists who work with highly trained anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and child life specialists to provide sedation for infants, children and adolescents undergoing imaging or nonoperative procedures.
  • Children who need behavioral health resources – PHM collaborates with a team of pediatric psychiatrists and pediatric psychologists to provide care for children with medical problems who also require comprehensive behavioral health resources in our Medical Behavioral Unit.

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