Pediatric Hospitalist Program
The pediatrics floor at St. Bernards is a 30-bed unit designated to receive infants, children, and adolescents up to 18 years old who require medical care. Patients can be admitted for short observation or for prolonged medical treatment based off their medical needs.
When your child requires hospitalization, your primary care or emergency doctor will coordinate care with one of our pediatric hospitalists, who is a hospital-based specialized pediatrician overseeing all medical care during your child's stay. The pediatric hospitalist is available 24 hours a day, working closely with our team of specialized pediatric nurses to care for your child's needs. At St. Bernards, we have two full-time pediatric hospitalists, Dr. Cassandra Nosser and Dr. Hilliary Sismondo, who work with other hospitalists to provide coverage 24/7 to the pediatrics floor.
During your child’s stay, the pediatric hospitalist team will:
- Guide you through admission to the hospital.
- Assess and treat your child’s medical condition.
- Regularly report progress to your child’s pediatrician.
- Coordinate your child’s care, including all tests such as X-rays, blood tests or other procedures.
- Arrange any specialty care, therapy, or consultations with other providers.
- Be available to both you and your family to provide information and answer questions.
- Transition your child’s care back to his or her pediatrician upon discharge.
Pediatric Care and conditions most commonly treated:
- Care of newborns and conditions occurring around the time of birth
- Infections of the skin, urinary tract, intestine, etc.
- Respiratory illness such as pneumonia, acute and chronic bronchitis, croup and other illnesses affecting the nose, throat and trachea
- Infectious diseases of the blood, skin, lungs and kidneys
- Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and asthma
- Common pediatric illnesses, such as flu, viral infections and dehydration
Other Conditions that can be managed at St. Bernards include:
- Conscious sedation
- Pediatric PICC lines
- ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and basic general surgery consultations
- Circumcision, if not done by the PCP
- Respiratory Therapy services using respiratory driven protocols and respiratory devices such as Intermittent and Continuous Nebulizer Therapy, Peak and Flow Oxygen Therapy, including Heated High Flow Nasal Cannula.
After delivery and throughout the hospitalization at St. Bernards, you will be able to stay together with your baby from the time of birth. After birth, you will have the possibility to do skin to skin and initiate early breastfeeding with your baby if you choose to do so. Our team of nurses are trained to help you provide the best care for you and your baby during the entire hospitalization.
St. Bernards also has 2 nurse practitioners who have completed specialized training in the care of newborn infants. Brittney Martin and Leah Gathright will evaluate your baby and together with the pediatric hospitalist will ensure that no medical complications arise. If your baby requires more specialized medical care, our fully staffed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is available. Also, one of our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants will work with you if you choose to breastfeed. Our goal is that by the time you go home, you feel prepared to take care of your baby. For more information, please visit our Postpartum Care page.
At birth, your baby will receive vitamin K, antibiotic eye prophylaxis and the hepatitis B vaccine if you so choose. Before discharge, we will evaluate your baby's bilirubin level, perform a hearing screening, a congenital heart defect screen and will submit the state newborn screen. In some specific cases, we may also perform a car seat test. These interventions are all recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure the best care and safety of newborns.