For Health Care Professionals
Southcoast Health System and Boston Children's Hospital and its physicians have established a clinical collaboration to provide enhanced hospital-based pediatric care to children across our region. This collaboration means Boston Children's physicians work closely with you to provide pediatric services at St. Luke's Hospital, enhancing quality and access to pediatric care for families on the South Coast. Through the collaboration, pediatric training and educational support programs are available for Southcoast physicians, nurses and ancillary departments.
Our team of Boston Children's physicians provide on-site pediatric care at St. Luke's Hospital. Boston Children's physicians also work with local emergency medicine physicians to provide care in the St. Luke's ED, where we have a dedicated space for children, separate from the main ED, with 5 pediatric beds.
As always, excellent emergency care for children is also available at Tobey Hospital in Wareham and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. The emergency physicians at these locations can consult remotely with the Boston Children's physicians at any time. If a child arriving at Tobey or Charlton Memorial needs to be hospitalized, he or she may be transferred to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford or if required, be transferred outside of the immediate Southcoast area.
Boston Children's physicians based at St. Luke's Hospital, in concert with the Southcoast Hospitals Group, welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can best work together to provide enhanced hospital-based care to your pediatric patients.
Please call us at 508-961-5029 with any questions or to schedule a time to meet.
If you would like to arrange a direct admission, please call our transfer center at 855-659-9090 (extension 65-5540 within the system). The center's staff will conference in the on-duty Boston Children's physician and arrange a bed at the same time – requiring you to make only one call to admit your patient to our pediatric inpatient unit.
Boston Children's physicians at St. Luke's Hospital are not only able to provide on-site care—they can consult with the network of other Boston Children's physicians and specialists. For example, your patient's radiology images and other medical documents can be sent electronically to Boston in the event that the patient needs to be transferred.
For consults on a patient of yours or clinical questions, you may reach the Boston Children's physician on duty directly on our dedicated cell number at 508-985-8520.
In addition to providing direct care, we are implementing many best practice systems across the hospital, such as standardizing processes and practices related to pediatric resuscitation. We have also developed a mock code program to train staff in the pediatric inpatient unit and the ED.
Evidence-based guidelines have been implemented for the management of asthma, bronchiolitis and fever with others under development. We continue to strive to educate all staff caring for children in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
As new technology, equipment and knowledge becomes available, future projects will focus on improved care, offering an even better overall experience for the patient and possibly better diagnoses and outcomes. These projects include expansion of ultrasound use; reducing the use of CT for head injury and abdominal pain evaluations; moderate sedation for pediatric patients in radiology and the ED; and developing a comprehensive concussion management program.