SAMC begins pediatric hospitalist service
Beginning December 1, SAMC along with Sheridan Healthcare has implemented a pediatric hospitalist program. Part of a rapidly emerging medical specialty that uses knowledge of hospital routines and policies, these physicians will provide individualized care to pediatric inpatients and emergency patients. They provide care for newborns through adolescents, including stabilizing and/or resuscitating emergent patients when necessary.
Because of their sole focus on providing medical care to hospitalized children, pediatric hospitalists have a great deal of experience in meeting the unique aspects of patients’ needs during their stay.
SAMC’s pediatric hospitalists will offer a consistent level of care, reacting quickly to patients’ needs as they arise during their stay in the hospital.
SAMC also welcomes Ronald Flaster, MD, FAAP, pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Flaster will serve as medical director of the Pediatric Hospitalist program. The pediatric hospitalist program assures that children will receive quality care in the region’s largest and most advanced referral center.
The pediatric hospitalist program complements SAMC’s NICU, the only one of its kind in the region, which opened in October. Until that time, most newborns needing specialized care born at SAMC and surrounding hospitals were transferred to other facilities outside the region, resulting in a hardship for parents and family. Since opening, SAMC’s NICU has treated 23 babies, with two transfers out to other facilities. Earlier this week we received a transfer into the NICU from Enterprise. The earliest admission was for a baby that was born at 30 weeks.
Pictured is Omolara Aderinboye, MD, pediatric hospitalist, taking care of a patient.