SHARP Hospitalist Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
At times, your child’s primary care physician may request that a specially-trained pediatrician, called a hospitalist, oversee your child’s care during his or her stay at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This section explains our hospitalist program, known as SHARP, and what you can expect during your child’s stay.
What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are pediatricians who are specialized in caring for children admitted to the hospital. SHARP hospitalists provide care within St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and can respond quickly to emergencies or changes in your child’s condition. They can also promptly coordinate your child’s individualized care with specialists (such as a cardiologist or surgeon), the laboratory, radiology, and other services, as needed.
What to expect
Upon arrival to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, your child will be under the care of a dedicated hospitalist, who will coordinate your child’s care until he or she returns home. During your child’s stay, you may see more than one hospitalist, depending on the length of your child’s hospitalization and the rotation of the hospitalist group.
Your hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician throughout your child’s stay – upon admission to establish the plan of care, with ongoing updates in your child’s condition, and at discharge.
A hospitalist will see your child every day and as needed throughout his or her hospitalization. At the time of discharge, your hospitalist will speak with you and provide instructions for your child’s at-home care and follow up. Your primary care physician will resume care for your child after leaving the hospital.