Hospital Inpatient Section
Director: Lindsay Chase, MD
Transfers and Admissions. Our faculty fulfill a unique and important role for the healthcare system as Pediatric Admissions Coordinator of all pediatric medical admissions to the children’s hospital. To speak with a physician about an admission to the UNC Children’s hospital, please call 919-883-6501.
Newborn Medicine. Alison Sweeney, MD, leads this section. We use a team-based approach to provide high quality, standardized care for newborns, mothers and families at the University of North Carolina Women's Hospital. Our team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, and students. We also lead education activities of medical students, residents, and other health professional students in newborn issues, including the development of a novel iTunes U Course to deliver curricular content. The experience is highly valued and structured to maximize continuity.
We have guidelines to assure quality care with late preterm infants, those with initial low blood sugars, at-risk for infection, and newborns whose mothers used opiates or other pharmaceuticals during pregnancy.
Our current research projects include studying the effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome, enhanced collaborations with the UNC Horizons Program, ongoing participation in, and leadership of studies conductive vie the BORN Network of the Academic Pediatric Association.
Our family-friendly rooming-in system allows babies to stay in the room with their mothers. Our Newborn service and North Carolina Women’s Hospital has received Safe Sleep and Baby-friendly designations affirming our work to maximize breast-feeding and other infant friendly practices.
In-patient consultations to other services. We provide general pediatrics consultations for children in the hospital on specialty or surgical services. Additionally, we perform preoperative evaluations for children undergoing general anesthesia for dental procedures and some hospital follow-up visits.
Inpatient Pediatrics The Hospital Pediatrics Section provides optimum care for children, adolescents and young adults hospitalized at North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Our group is composed of faculty physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other health professionals who strive to ensure the delivery of high quality, efficient, and safe care. We provide in-house night coverage for patients in the Newborn Nursery and bone marrow transplant service.
- Our faculty are key educators for Pediatric or Pediatric/Medicine-Pediatric residents and students of various disciplines. Our collegial environment is supportive not just to delivering great patient care but also to being academically productive. We have a variety of interests and expertise ranging from medical education, high value care, quality and process improvement and have contributed significantly to these areas on local and national levels.
- Integrated approach to patient care across the continuum of the healthcare system. Close connections with our sister sections (such as outpatient Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine and Child Maltreatment), allow us to all learn from each other and optimize the system to produce the best outcomes possible for our patients.
- Research interests of the group include educational scholarship, children with medical complexity, and quality improvement research.
- Hospitalists are are medical providers who specialize in the comprehensive care of the hospitalized patient