No parent wants their child to stay in the hospital. But if they have to, you want to know they’re in the best hands. Nemours’ pediatric hospitalists are doctors and advanced practice providers (advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants). We provide around-the-clock general and specialized care to children staying overnight in the hospital. As your child’s attending (supervising) doctors and advanced practice providers, we provide comprehensive inpatient services and work with your child’s primary care physician to ensure seamless continuity of care from hospital to home.
Pediatric hospitalists are a crucial part of hospitalized children’s care because they:
- are both generalists and specialists. That means they know how to help care for kids with all kinds of needs, and have specialized knowledge about the care of common and rare diseases that require admission to the hospital. In addition to directing the hospital care delivered, they coordinate the care with subspecialists.
- are educators. They provide instruction and direct the training for pediatric residents and doctors of the future.
- provide a safety net to make sure that all patients across the spectrum of pediatrics have high-value care when they need hospitalization
- are at the front lines, able to identify potential areas for improvement
- are a consistent presence within the hospital, able to be available at the bedside for patients whenever needed
Why Measuring Results Matters
To provide pediatric care that's among the safest and most caring, we measure our results and compare them to national pediatric rates. Why? So we can:
- help you make decisions about your child’s care
- be clear about our results
- improve and consistently deliver better, safer care
Measuring and working to improve our outcomes not only helps kids get better faster, it also reduces anxiety, families’ disruption at home and school, and the overall cost of care.
Keeping Kids From Having to Return to the Hospital
Preventing Hospital Readmissions
Sometimes kids with chronic or complex conditions have planned repeat hospitalizations for ongoing medical care. Sometimes children return with new infections, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal illnesses, etc. However, it’s important to avoid, as much as possible, potentially preventable readmissions — such as hospital-acquired infections (when a patient gets an infection during the hospital stay) or returns due to not recognizing a condition or due to incomplete treatment. It’s important to minimize unplanned readmissions because they can:
- interfere with your child’s and family’s life — cause missed school, work and important events (e.g., sports, vacations)
- be costly to you, the parents, especially if you have co-pays or high deductible insurance
- make kids with chronic illnesses feel vulnerable to — and worried about — having to be hospitalized again
At Nemours, we strive for excellence both before and after children are discharged (sent home from the hospital) by:
- scheduling follow-up appointments and tests before discharge
- providing clear educational materials and discharge instructions to families, including correct medications and doses
- communicating with primary care providers within 24 hours of discharge
- giving families access to a Nemours physician for post-discharge questions through our CareConnect telehealth service (available in the Delaware Valley and Central Florida)
- providing readmission feedback and developing plans for improving care
- encouraging online communication through your child’s electronic health record — MyNemours for families and NemoursLink for community physicians
Readmission Rates Better Than Expected Compared to Other Children's Hospitals
Average 30-day readmissions (returning within 30 days of original admission)
National average (benchmark)
Data source: Data collected for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando); 2017. Data does note include Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, which provides inpatient care for patients at our neighbor and collaborating hospital Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Benchmark: Data looks at hospitalizations for all causes in children admitted to 58 Children's Hospital Association (CHA) hospitals, 2009-2011. 3M algorithm overestimates preventable pediatric readmissions. August 16, 2013, Patrice Wendling.
Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart
Why Choose Nemours Hospitalists (Inpatient Hospital Care)
At Nemours, our hospitalists are:
- Named among the best doctors in the nation. Nemours hospitalists are consistently ranked among the Best Doctors in America®.
- Available in collaborating hospitals closer to home. Nemours hospitalists are onsite at community hospitals we collaborate with in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida — and that’s in addition to providing inpatient care at Nemours’ own children’s hospitals in Wilmington, Del., and Orlando. That means you don’t have to travel far for expert Nemours hospital care.
- Teaching tomorrow’s pediatric health care leaders. We’re actively training medical students and residents in pediatric hospital care and the importance of technology in patient safety and quality of care.