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Caring for hospitalized babies and children

Meet Mercy's Pediatric Hospitalists

Sara Neff, ARNP

Sara Neff,

What is a pediatric hospitalist?

A pediatric hospitalist is a pediatric healthcare provider who works with hospitalized children.

What does a pediatric hospitalist do?

Dr. Zavala and Sara care for babies and children who were admitted to Mercy after surgery, an emergency, or for any other reason.

As pediatric hospitalists, they coordinate a variety of services for hospitalized children, including:

  • Leading and managing your child’s care while he or she is in the hospital
  • Performing physical examinations
  • Ordering tests and procedures
  • Prescribing medications
  • Referring patients to specialty physicians, if necessary
  • Communicating with the child’s primary provider

Can my child’s pediatrician or family provider see my child in the hospital?

Some pediatricians and family providers will come to the hospital to care for their own patients. However, because physician practices are becoming busier and hospital technology is advancing rapidly, primary physicians are increasingly enlisting the help of a hospitalist to care for patients at the hospital.

Will my pediatrician or family provider be updated on my child’s condition?

Yes. While Dr. Zavala and Sara will be highly engaged in your medical care, your primary physician will be continuously updated on your child’s admission, discharge or any changes in your health during your stay at Mercy.

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