The Penn State Children’s Hospital Approach to Pediatric Hospital Medicine

When your child is admitted to Penn State Children's Hospital, you will be cared for by a group of doctors, called hospitalists. Hospitalists are dedicated to caring for children who are sick enough to be in the hospital. They help coordinate care with other doctors and nurses while you and your child are in the hospital. Pediatric hospitalists work with your child’s primary care doctor, other specialists, care coordinators and social workers and help make sure the care plan goes as smoothly as possible. Our hospitalists are here to help you and your child understand the treatment and recovery plan, as well as help you navigate the hospital system. Our team also provides an option for seeing you and your child after a hospitalization to make sure care is going well and address questions or problems that might have occurred after your discharge.

Treating a Wide-Variety of Conditions

Our hospitalists are specialists in treating inpatient care, so they understand a wide-range of health conditions, from cancer to infections and many other chronic medical issues. We also have a hospital to home transition clinic to help support you after you leave the hospital. In addition to providing hospital to home transition of care, Michael Beck, MD, one our our providers also see children, adolescents and young adults in a diagnostic dilemma clinic. This clinic is designed to help families, patients and primary care providers, work through vague acute or chronic symptoms and help with providing a fresh set of eyes to a difficult medical case.

Dr. Beck will communicate his concerns and findings with you and other providers involved in your child’s care. Dr, Beck does not provide routine primary care. The Dilemma Clinic is open Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For an appointment, please have your child medical records and a referral form faxed to 717-531-0648 or call 717-531-5606.

Our Experts in Pediatric Hospital Medicine Care

Why Choose Penn State Children’s Hospital for Inpatient Care

Penn State Children’s Hospital provides only the best for your child. We are committed to providing only the highest quality treatment and support, focusing on the unique needs of your child.

Nationally Recognized Care

Penn State Children’s Hospital is routinely ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation due to our focus on patient care, safety and research.

    Conditions Treated

    Our hospitalists are specialists in treating inpatient care, so they understand a wide-range of health conditions, including:

    • Asthma
    • Croup
    • Bacterial infections
    • Blood disorders
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Cancer
    • Dehydration
    • Diabetes
    • Diarrhea
    • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
    • HIV
    • Joint, muscle and ligament issues
    • Kawasaki disease
    • Lupus
    • Lyme disease
    • Pneumonia 
    • Seizures
    • Skin infections
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Headaches and other problems of the nervous system

    Support Groups

    Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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    Our Convenient Locations

    Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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