Pediatric Hospitalists

Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–in the Upstate has a variety of inpatient units designed to meet the medical needs of any child. These include…

  • Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (NICU & PICU)
  • Hematology/Oncology (BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center)
  • Pediatric Surgical Unit
  • Pediatric Intermediate and Acute Care Units

The Pediatric Intermediate and Acute Care Units are areas for children who require hospitalization for general medical issues, but who do not require intensive care. The acute care unit has 44 beds and the intermediate unit has 8 beds. The units are staffed by nurses, respiratory therapists and physical, occupational and speech therapists with specialized training and certification in pediatrics. The intermediate unit provides care for children who need a higher level of care and monitoring than can be provided in the acute care unit, but who do not need intensive care.

We strive to provide patient and family centered care throughout Children’s Hospital and encourage family involvement in the medical plan and day to day care of your child. One parent is encouraged to stay with their child, and family is encouraged to visit.

Patients on these units have access to child life specialists, to the playrooms, and to pet therapy if their medical condition allows. A child life specialist is trained to help children and families cope during their time in the hospital. The child life specialist is available to offer patients preparation for and support during procedures, as well as therapeutic activities at bedside.

We recognize that having a sick or injured child is one of the most stressful experiences that a family will have to endure. We hope most children never have to be hospitalized, but in the unfortunate event that your child requires our services, we will work to ensure that your and your child’s experience is as positive as it can be during this time.

What is a hospitalist?

Most of the physicians who supervise care for patients on the acute care and intermediate units are Pediatric Hospitalists. A hospitalist is a pediatrician who has special interest, experience and/or additional training in the care of patients with acute and complex medical problems. The hospitalists coordinate efforts amongst the various physicians who may be involved in your child’s care including your child’s primary physician and any subspecialty physicians if needed.

Since Children’s Hospital is a teaching hospital, the hospitalists act as supervisors, also known as attendings, for the pediatric residents who will also be providing care for your child. Hospitalists are also actively involved in quality and systems improvement within the hospital.