The mission of the Division of Hospital Medicine is to provide comprehensive, family-centered care to hospitalized children at Duke Children’s Hospital. Our faculty physicians, called hospitalists, care for children of all ages who require hospitalization for a range of medical conditions. We work closely with primary care providers throughout the course of each child’s hospital stay to ensure clear communication and continuity of care. Our faculty have expertise in the management of children with medical complexity, providing both inpatient treatment and outpatient care coordination for children with technology dependence who have multiple chronic conditions.
Our hospitalists also provide procedural sedation services to young children undergoing procedures. Our expertise in the care of acutely ill and complex patients make us well prepared to provide safe and effective sedation to children. Our focus is always on patient safety and comfort.
All division members are regarded within the Department of Pediatrics as skilled educators, and the division has regularly won the Arena-Palumbo award for excellence in resident education. In addition, our faculty have major teaching responsibilities and leadership roles in the Duke Pediatric Residency Training Program and the Duke University School of Medicine.
Another area of emphasis for our faculty is quality improvement. Division members oversee quality improvement activities in the department and the children’s hospital. Our significant clinical presence throughout the hospital puts our physicians in ideal positions to work on improving major systems such as patient flow, computerized order entry, medication safety, patient hand-offs and a host of other issues.