Pediatric Hospital Medicine
The Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is a group of pediatricians (pediatric hospitalists) who specialize in the care of hospitalized infants, children and adolescents. We work closely with primary care providers and many other pediatric specialists to provide the best possible care for our patients.
In the past, it was common for primary care providers to supervise the care of hospitalized patients. Over the past few decades, there has been a shift towards specialized doctors (hospitalists) providing care for hospitalized patients. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who acquire specialized skills and knowledge regarding the care of acutely ill patients.
Hospitals are increasingly complicated places. By working in a single hospital, hospitalists are able to learn the many complex systems of that particular hospital and to better utilize the many resources of the hospital. At our hospital, those resources include care coordination, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and child life.
Research suggests that care by a pediatric hospitalist may lead to reduced length of hospitalization, decreased medical costs, and increased family satisfaction.
When a child is admitted to our service, we notify his or her primary care provider by fax. We frequently call primary care providers to obtain or provide additional information. When a child on our service is discharged from the hospital, the primary care provider is faxed a copy of our discharge instructions.
Patients of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital neurologists, endocrinologists and rheumatologists are generally admitted to our service when hospitalization is required. We work closely with these physicians to provide strong continuity of care. Our collaborative partnerships have allowed those specialists to provide enhanced outpatient services.
Many patients also come to us with established relationships with other pediatric specialists such as cardiologists, pulmonologists or gastroenterologists. We work together with those physicians to provide optimal care for each patient. We work with specialists from this hospital as well as those from other centers around the region.
We care for infants, children and adolescents hospitalized for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Asthma, croup, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and other breathing problems
- Urinary tract infections, skin infections and other bacterial infections
- Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration
- Seizures, headaches and other neurological conditions
- Diabetes and diabetic ketoacidosis
- Lupus, arthritis, Kawasaki disease and other rheumatologic conditions
- Lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever
- Complex medical conditions requiring coordination of care amongst many subspecialists
Members of our division also participate in the Pediatric Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program
Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, H085
500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
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At Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital:
- Michael J. Beck, M.D., Division Chief
- Margaret I. Mikula, M.D., Section Chief, Lancaster General Hospitalists
- Christopher O'Hara, M.D.
- Brandon M. Smith, M.D.
- Ronald J. Williams, M.D.
- Heidi Wolf, M.D.
At Lancaster General Hospital:
- Colin Bridgeman, M.D., Lead Hospitalist
- Theresa D'Amato, M.D.
- Alexandra Solosko, M.D.
- Sandi Verbin, M.D.