Reassurance for kids and their families
Pediatric hospitalists are primary care providers who specialize in the care of children who are hospitalized. The Washington Regional pediatric hospitalist team is led by medical director Neil Tracy, MD, who is certi ed by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Tracy earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed an internship and residency in pediatrics. The Washington Regional pediatric hospitalist team also includes: Gideon Mecum, MD
Megan Owen, APRN
Drew Hamby, MD
Rachel McKelvy, MD (joining in September)
Hospitalists are based in the hospital and don’t have a clinic to tend. Because they are on site, they are readily available to hospitalized patients any time of day. Pediatric hospitalists work closely with a child’s regular doctor and other providers who are involved in the child’s care. The pediatric hospitalist team is in contact with the child’s family as well, providing details and notifying them of any change in the child’s condition.
When it is time for a patient to go home, a pediatric hospitalist oversees discharge instructions and also assists the family in scheduling follow-up visits to the patient’s regular pediatrician, who will receive a summary of the hospital stay as well as recommendations for ongoing care. This streamlined process allows patients to go home sooner, since their discharge doesn’t have to wait until an of ce-based pediatrician makes rounds.
More information is available at wregional.com.
Washington Regional’s pediatric hospitalists are based in the Women and Infants Center, home to the largest neonatal intensive care unit in Northwest Arkansas.