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Pediatric Hospitalist and Intensivist Program 

Pediatric hospitalist and intensivist physicians  provide personalized care at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center 24 hours a day. This expert care is available in collaboration with community physicians through a partnership with Pediatrix. 

What is a Hospitalist? 

The hospitalists at Scottsdale Healthcare only work in the hospital setting and offer newborn, attending and consultative services. They are involved in resident teaching for Family Medicine residents in the nursery and on the inpatient unit. 

Pediatric hospitalist physicians have completed medical school, residency training in pediatrics, and are board certified in pediatrics. They are trained to take care of normal newborns, some sicker newborns and children/adolescents with medical, sub-specialty and surgical problems. 

Pediatric hospitalists care for hospitalized children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs. 

What is a Pediatric Critical Care Specialist? 

While most childhood illnesses and injuries can be cared for by your pediatrician, a hospital-based pediatric critical care specialist (pediatric intensivist) can provide special care if your child is in an unstable, critical condition.

An unstable, critical condition may be due to an illness or injury such as: 

  • Severe asthma 
  • Deep diabetic ketoacidosis 
  • An overwhelming infection, such as severe pneumonia 
  • Serious injuries from accidents, such as those involving cars, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades 
  • A near drowning 

Children who are critically ill require careful monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Pediatric critical care specialists coordinate the care of these children, which is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists. They use the special medicines or treatments that can only be offered in the PICU. 

Working together and communicating 

Pediatric hospitalists and intensivists often assist other pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons and sub-specialty physicians in caring for children. They work together with your pediatrician, family doctor, other physicians and the healthcare team to provide comprehensive, personalized care for your child and family. They communicate with your child’s physician at the time of admission and during their hospitalization, especially if there is a significant change in your child’s condition. 

When your child is discharged, the hospitalist will give your pediatrician an overview of your child’s hospital stay and detailed instructions for any necessary further care. 

For more information about our specialized inpatient services please call 480-323-3630.