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Your child comes into the care of a hospitalist at Riley at IU Health either from a referring physician, your local emergency department or Emergency Medicine at Riley at IU Health. You can be confident that your child’s hospitalist will work with his or her primary care doctor to provide high-quality, comprehensive inpatient pediatric care.
Hospitalists are doctors who focus completely on the care of patients who have been admitted to a hospital. At Riley at IU Health, our hospitalists are pediatricians who have extensive experience managing a wide variety of pediatric conditions that can only be treated through inpatient care. They manage the care of hospitalized newborns and children who have been diagnosed with both common and complex conditions. Their expertise allows them to easily navigate the hospital system to provide efficient treatment in a caring and family-centered manner.
If your child must receive inpatient care at Riley at IU Health, his or her hospitalist may serve as a consultant to your child's primary care doctor. The hospitalist will ensure continuity of care by quickly and efficiently providing the details of your child's hospital admission to his or her primary care doctor.
Once your child is discharged, his or her doctor will receive a brief inpatient summary from the Hospitalist Department. This summary will help the doctor prepare for follow-up care and includes direct contact information for easy access to additional details.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
All of our hospitalists are board certified pediatricians. Some are additionally board certified in toxicology, emergency medicine and internal medicine. Many have post-residency training as chief residents or fellowship training in pediatric hospital medicine.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
Our hospitalists partner with referring physicians to arrange consults with our specialists and perform rounds with other interdisciplinary team members. These essential connections help us provide comprehensive patient- and family-centered care for every patient.
Medical students, residents and fellows at the Indiana University School of Medicine have a unique opportunity to learn from the hospitalists at Riley at IU Health. Medical students and residents may select an elective rotation within the Hospitalist Department, while the one-year fellowship program in pediatric hospital medicine provides fellows with the formal training they need to become leaders in their field.
In addition to these educational opportunities, the IU School of Medicine Riley Pediatric Hospital Group maintains an online electronic journal club. The Riley Pediatric Hospital Journal Club provides an open forum to discuss and debate the latest medical literature and represents the group's firm commitment to practicing the most up-to-date, evidence-based medicine.