Re­as­sur­ance for kids and their fam­i­lies

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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 wre­

Wash­ing­ton Re­gional’s pe­di­atric hospi­tal­ists are based in the Women and In­fants Cen­ter, home to the largest neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit in North­west Arkansas.

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