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What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?

Pediatric hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians who specialize in the care of infants, children and adolescents who are hospitalized.

Overview

Our Team

We work within a multidisciplinary team composed of:

  • Pediatric Hospitalists
  • Pediatric Specialists
  • Pediatric Residents
  • Pediatric Nurses
  • Pediatric Psychologists
  • Pediatric pharmacists and nutritionists
  • Child Life specialists
  • Surgical residents and specialists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social workers and nurse case managers
  • Physical and occupational therapists

Finally, and most importantly, we consider the families of our patients to be essential members of the health care team. We believe that practicing family-centered care is vital to the recovery of our patients.

In addition to the care of our patients, pediatric hospitalists supervise and educate resident physicians and medical students. We also actively participate in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives at University of Vermont Children's Hospital.

Our Patients

We provide inpatient care to patients when their primary care doctor does not admit to The UVM Children's Hospital or when he or she has chosen to utilize our services. We also provide inpatient consultation to subspecialty services.

Our patient population includes patients from birth to young adults. We care for patients in the Emergency Department, on the Children's Inpatient Floor on Baird 5, and in the Newborn Nursery.

The referring primary care provider receives a phone update within 24 hours of admission and at the time of discharge. More frequent calls are made if there are significant updates or at the request of the primary care provider. A discharge summary is faxed to the primary care provider at the time of discharge.

Our Availability

There is a pediatric hospitalist in the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide coverage for pediatric admission and inpatients, newborn nursery admissions, and to see pediatric patients in the Emergency Department.

Engaging Our Services

We are available through the Provider Access Services, PAS, at 802-847-2700, 24 hours a day for questions or consultation.

Emergency Department Referrals

If you would like your patient to be evaluated in the Emergency Department by the Pediatric Hospitalist service, please page the Pediatric Emergency Room Resident at pager 4676 or through PAS. Emergency Department evaluations by the Pediatric Hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Hospital Admissions and Transfers

If you would like to transfer or admit a patient to the Pediatric Hospitalist service at the UVM Children's Hospital, please call Provider Access and ask for Patient Placement Services. Patient Placement will then facilitate a conference call with the Pediatric Hospitalist.

Hospitalist Coverage for Local Physician Practices

If you would like to utilize our services for your newborn and/or pediatric patients, please contact:

Mary Holl, Staff Assistant
Email: Mary [dot] Hollatuvmhealth [dot] org
Phone: 802-847-5321
Fax: 802-847-8064

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Inpatient Medicine, Attn: Mary Holl
Mailstop 265SM5
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

Lewis R. First, MD, MSc
Pediatrics - Primary Care
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Barry A. Finette, MD, PHD
Pediatrics - Hospital Medicine
Christa Zehle, MD
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Karen S. Leonard, MD
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	  	  Cassandra L. DeMartino, MD
Cassandra L. DeMartino, MD
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Stephanie J. Ryan, MD, MPH
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Andrea L. Reed, MD
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	  	  Carolyn Boscia, MD
Carolyn Boscia, MD
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	  	  Katherine J. Anderson, MD
Katherine J. Anderson, MD
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Jana Lichtenfeld, MD
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Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, MD
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Valerie J. Riss, MD
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