Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who specialize in the care of children and well babies in the hospital. At NorthBay Medical Center, they are on-call 24 hours a day.
“Pediatric hospitalists fill many different roles, depending on the hospitals where they work,” according to Pediatric Hospitalist Chad Tarter, M.D. At NorthBay Medical Center, most of his patients are newborns.
“I make morning rounds and check on all of the well babies,” he explains. “If a child is admitted, I supervise his or her care as well.” Dr. Tarter is also available to consult in the Emergency Department if questions arise about a child.
Children who need hospitalization, even those whose care originates in the VacaValley Hospital emergency department, are sent to NorthBay Medical Center, where specially trained pediatric nurses are available in addition to the hospitalists.
Tarter is a physician with NorthBay Neonatology Associates, Inc., a medical group that also provides the neonatologists who work in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A neonatologist is on-site 24 hours a day and often serves as the on-call pediatric hospitalist.