Hemby Children's Hospital

Inpatient medicine

Providing specially trained, round-the-clock physicians for our hospitalized patients

Over the last few years, hospitals have significantly enhanced the level of care they provide by expanding the number of specially trained, round-the-clock physicians who only see hospitalized patients.  These members of our medical staff, called hospitalists and intensivists, not only provide care for your child while he or she is a patient, but work with your child’s primary care doctor upon discharge to better coordinate follow-up care.


Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital hospitalists are pediatricians who are specially trained to care for infants, children and adolescents admitted to our children’s hospital.

Our pediatric hospitalists provide exceptional care for your child during their time in the hospital. As part of their responsibilities, they collaborate with your family pediatrician and other doctors to:

  • Order tests, medications and treatments
  • Visit your child's bedside and answer questions
  • Communicate with your child's pediatrician, family physician, or other provider about your child's condition and care
  • Consult with additional specialists, as needed
  • Arrange for your child's discharge from the hospital
  • Provide a summary of hospital care to your child's physician

Pediatric intensivists are board-certified pediatricians who specialize in the treatment of critically-ill children as well as those in need of procedures or who require intensive care after surgery.

If your child is admitted into the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Hemby Children’s Hospital, the intensivist is the physician responsible for examining, diagnosing and treating your child.

Your child’s intensivist may also order tests, medications and treatments; provide sedation for stressful procedures; and supervise administering of medications, time spent on respirators or treatments for severe conditions including heart or lung diseases. Hemby Children's Hospital pediatric intensivists are also experienced in working with parents and other family members who are dealing with the stresses and uncertainty that comes with having a child in the PICU.