Partnership with Seattle Children’s Offers Round the Clock Hospital Care
As part of a pediatric hospitalist program partnership with Seattle Children’s, pediatricians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for newborns and older children at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. Our pediatric patients benefit from this important partnership when hospitalized and also through comprehensive communication with the child’s primary and specialty doctors at discharge.
If your child is admitted to our Cascade Valley Hospital locate but needs a higher level of care, a seamless transfer to Skagit Valley Hospital can be immediately arranged so your child will receive care from Seattle Children’s hospitalists. This partnership with Seattle Children’s allows families in our communities to receive excellent specialized pediatric care without having to travel with a sick child.
Known as pediatric hospitalists, these doctors care for hospitalized patients and work with each child’s regular pediatrician and other physicians involved in the child’s care to provide updates during the hospital stay and an overview when the child is discharged from the hospital.
What is a Hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in the care of patients who are in the hospital. Often internal medicine physicians, they are highly skilled in taking care of those patients who are most ill and require acute care in a hospital setting. As needed, the hospitalist will order tests, prescribe medications and recommend special therapies for your child.
Parental Involvement is Important to Child’s Care
Parents play an important part in their child’s treatment when hospitalized at a Skagit Regional Health. All pediatric patient rooms are private and have space for one parent to stay overnight at the child’s bedside. Each room has a private bathroom and shower available for patients and their parents. Video games, laptop computers and other activities are often available from the nursing staff to help make a child’s hospital stay more comfortable.