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Expanded partnership provides around-the-clock care and expertise for pediatric patients

At Lowell General Hospital, we are committed to serving our communities as a comprehensive regional medical center for maternal and pediatric patients, one that offers easier access to Boston-level care closer to home. Our expanded partnership with The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center provides parents peace of mind with a board-certified pediatrician available 24/7 to deliver highly individualized care through our Pediatric Hospitalist program.

Amy Molten, MD, FAAP, Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist programLowell General has seven full-time Pediatric Hospitalists on staff who serve as a connection to other specialists and work closely with a child's pediatrician or family physician to coordinate treatment. Essentially, they are a parent and child's best friend and expert guide when it comes to advanced pediatric cases. Many have been community pediatricians and understand the importance of collaboration with the child's own pediatrician to ensure follow-up care after patients leave the hospital. The hospitalists provide around-the-clock coverage for our tiniest patients in the newborn nursery, infants in the neonatal special care unit, patients at The Children's Place, as well as providing pediatric consultations to Emergency Department physicians.

"Pediatric hospitalist medicine as a field is young, but it is rapidly developing into a way to provide expert treatment and serve all the needs of both the sick child and the family," says Amy Molten, MD, FAAP, Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist program at Lowell General Hospital. "A hospital stay can be a stressful and anxious time for both the child and his or her parents, who often need to find childcare for other siblings. It's our goal to ease the stress and anxiety by keeping them close to home."

A major factor in the success of the program, according to Dr. Molten, is the collaborative relationship between the hospitalists and specialists. The expanded partnership gives hospitalists easy access to specialists in fields such as cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology and pulmonology at the Tufts Pediatric Specialty Center at Lowell General Hospital's Chelmsford campus.

The need for this specialized care is important, as children's healthcare needs are very different than those of adults, especially when it comes to hospitalization.

"With the hospitalist program at Lowell General, we are able to serve patients with more complex medical needs such as those with severe asthma, diabetes, developmental impairments, young infants with infections, or neurological patients," says Dr. Moulton. "The clinical expertise of the hospitalists in these areas is a tremendous service for families."

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