Who cares for my child in the hospital?

Meet a different type of specialist — the hospitalist

If your child needs to be hospitalized, you’ll run into a whole staff of comforting faces. The hospitalist is one specialist you’ll meet and may not have heard of.

In the same way that pediatricians focus their care on children and teens, hospitalists focus on the special needs of hospitalized patients.

Your pediatrician or an emergency department doctor can refer your child to the hospital under the care of a hospitalist. Depending on the length of your child’s stay, it’s likely the same hospitalist or team of hospitalists will be there until it’s time to go home. This way, both you and your child can build a relationship with the doctor and care team.

Coordinating with your pediatrician

Hospitalists see patients twice a day or more. They review your child’s health history and stay in contact with your pediatrician. They consult with each other to get the total view of your child’s health and current condition.

Norton Children’s

Hospitals, outpatient care and more

When your child is ready to go home, the hospitalist will work with your pediatrician on treatment plans, medications or other directions to ensure proper follow-up care.

Norton Healthcare’s specialized pediatric hospitalist program is unique to Louisville and Southern Indiana. The pediatric hospitalists at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Hospital are highly trained and focus solely on caring for children in a hospital setting.

Being there for your family

Norton Children’s pediatric hospitalists are on call 24 hours, seven days a week, and work seven days straight on a day or night shift. This allows them to get to know you and your family. The same hospitalist will usually be available to monitor your child for the entire length of the hospital stay.

Learn more about hospitalists by watching what a typical day is like for a Norton Children’s hospitalist