Hospital Medicine - Care Teams and Locations

Hospital Medicine - Care Teams and Locations

Pediatric Hospital Medicine has hospitalists, a group of children’s doctors who focus on caring for kids who have been admitted to the hospital. Hospitalists work closely with the child’s primary care provider and any specialists helping in the clinical care of the patients. They also help the family understand the child’s treatment, recovery plan, and understand the hospital system. 

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717-531-5606

Penn State Children’s Hospital staff

Moses Taylor affiliate

Pinnacle Health Pediatrics

Locations

Penn State Children’s Hospital – Outpatient Clinic
Hours: Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to noon

Transitional Care Clinic 

Dr. Michael Beck heads up the Transitional Care Clinic at the University Physicians Center. The clinic sees patients on Monday and Thursday mornings.
 
The clinic follows up with patients who have left the hospital but may still need more follow-up care based on their diagnosis or tests. It helps make sure kids are getting the care they need and that they’re following their doctors’ plan for getting well.
 
About 70%  of the doctors’ offices we surveyed said they support the efforts of this clinic to help with transitioning the care of pediatric patients from the hospital to home.
 
Points to keep in mind during a child’s care transition
 
  • The clinic shouldn’t replace the child’s main doctor when it comes to ongoing care after your child leaves the hospital. 
  • Your doctor can let us know if he or she didn’t want to take part in this service.
Kids with breathing problems get help from the clinic
 
The clinic sees many kids who were sent home with added oxygen. During the fall and winter months, children - especially those who are under one year old - can get very sick with bronchiolitis, asthma  or pneumonia . They need to be on oxygen for several days, and sometimes one to two weeks.
 
That’s a long time to be in the hospital and away from home and family. The Transitional Care Clinic helps make it easier to safely wean children off oxygen. The goal is to get the child and family back home as soon as they’re able.
 
To take part in the clinic, patients must:
 
  • Be stable on oxygen for at least 12 to 24 hours without breathing problems 
  • Have regular airway suctioning and no heart disease 
  • Be willing to go home with oxygen and a pulse oximeter (a device that measures blood oxygen levels).
Health problems that may need the Transitional Care Clinic
 
  • Bronchiolitis. Includes respiratory syncytial virus, flu and more.
  • Pneumonia. A lung infection that needs antibiotics.
  • Pulmonary Embolism. A clot in the lung.
  • Failure to thrive (poor weight gain). Since many of these infants or young children go home with a feeding tube, we see them for one to two weeks after they leave the hospital. Along with doing weight checks, we also:
    • Follow up on tests that were done in the hospital
    • Answer the family’s questions 
    • Check to make sure the family follows up with other doctors who are often part of these cases
  • Asthma. For patients who were sick enough to need a hospital stay, this clinic is where we can:
    • Follow up on X-rays and the lung doctor’s treatments
    • Work with trained pediatric breathing therapists
    • Order lung function tests
  • Infections. Any infection that forced a hospital stay and needed antibiotics will get follow-up in this clinic. This helps make sure the family is clear about what’s needed and gets care when the child is back home.

Diagnostic dilemmas. That’s what we call cases where a child has odd symptoms that still need tests after the child leaves the hospital. (Sometimes the child’s doctor has the family come to the clinic without a hospital stay.) With these cases, we may:

  • Order lab studies and tests
  • Talk to other specialists who can help make a diagnosis

Contact us

Phone: 717-531-5606
Fax: 717-531-0648