Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital is expanding its pediatric hospitalist program to facilities across the System to offer a higher level of care to young patients and to keep families close to home. The strategy results in two important benefits: Specially trained hospital-based providers care for low-acuity patients in their community, and capacity at Levine Children’s Hospital is reserved for the sickest patients who require specialty care.
Recently, Leonard Feld, MD, PhD, chair of pediatrics and chief medical officer of Levine Children’s Hospital, explained the program’s benefits to local media, saying, “At a time when many communities are struggling due to the lack of access to excellent medical care, Carolinas HealthCare System is offering yet another opportunity for our physicians to have a presence and improve quality of care across our footprint.”
So far, pediatric hospitals are available at Carolinas HealthCare System Union in Monroe, Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland in Shelby and Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln in Lincolnton.
Dr. Feld said, “One aspect of our program that’s unique compared to other hospitalist programs is that our doctors rotate through the community hospitals but also spend time at Levine Children's Hospital, ensuring they provide the same level of care, clinical practices and protocols.”
Typical admissions include patients with dehydration, bronchitis, asthma exacerbation, apparent life-threatening event (ALTE), failed outpatient management of pneumonia and those who require IV antibiotics.
Renu Doshi, MD, a pediatrician with Waxhaw Pediatrics, said, “I have great confidence and comfort sending my patients to Carolinas HealthCare System Union, where I know specialized pediatric hospitalists are there and ready to take care of my patients. We have a partnership with the hospitalist team and share one common goal to give our patients the very best care.”
James High, MD, MPH, medical director of the hospitalist program at Levine Children’s Hospital, shared benefits he and his team have already experienced. “Immediately, we realized more efficient patient management. The hospitalist team is able to admit patients, plan a course of care, re-evaluate, and discharge more quickly because we are onsite and solely focused on the inpatient population,” he said.
The hospitalist team, led by Dr. High, includes:
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To connect with the team, call 704-446-5437.