Hospital Pediatrics Program 

As an extension of the outstanding health care services provided by local pediatricians, family practice physicians and pediatric subspecialists, the Hospital Pediatrics Program is available for inpatients at Wolfson Children's Hospital. If a patient is hospitalized at Wolfson Children's, his or her hospital care may be managed by a pediatric hospitalist. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work only in hospitals and not in an outpatient setting or private practice. At Wolfson Children's Hospital, our pediatric hospitalists are employed by Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville,  and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville 

Where do pediatric hospitalists provide care?
Pediatric hospitalists can care for children in many hospital areas, including med/surg units, specialty units, and the Wolfson Children's Emergency Centers (Jacksonville and Fleming Island).

Pediatric hospitalists do not provide specialty care, but can manage the other medical needs of pediatric patients, such as:

  • Infectious illnesses of the blood, skin, lungs and kidneys
  • Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
  • Problems with chronic illnesses that require hospitalization
  • Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
  • Recovery from injuries or surgeries

    How do pediatric hospitalists work with a child's doctor?
    Pediatric hospitalists and nurse care coordinators communicate with each child's primary care physician (if there is one) and other physicians and providers involved in the patient's care if there is a significant change in the patient's condition. When the patient is discharged from Wolfson Children's, the pediatric hospitalist will give the patient's doctor an overview of the child’s hospital stay and return the patient to his or her doctor for necessary follow-up care. If the child does not have a primary care physician, the Hospital Pediatrics Program will help the family find one for the patient before discharge.

    What type of training do pediatric hospitalists have?
    Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who have had at least four years of medical school and three years of pediatric residency training. They have dedicated their careers to the care of hospitalized children.

    Contact Us

    To contact the Hospital Pediatrics Program, health care providers should call our inpatient referral line at 904.202.KIDS (5437) or 1.877.240.KIDS (5437), press 4, and ask for the pediatric hospitalist on call. Our pediatric hospitalists include:

    Mark Toney, MD
    Division Chief
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville,
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine

    Deborah Abram, MD 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville,
    Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Joanne Adkison, MD 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

  • Suzanne Bilyeu, MD 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville,
    Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Kuo Yun (Jimmy) Chen, MD 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Sara Hmielowski, MD
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Nedda Maltby, MD
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Jessica O'Babatunde, MD
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville,
    Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Deval Patel, MD 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville,
    Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Steven Pattishall, MD
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville
    Courtesy Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Asma Salahuddin, MD
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Jose Zayas, DO 
    General Pediatrics-Hospitalist
    Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Debi Gerbert, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Hugh Griffenkranz, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

    Jeffrey Winer, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville

     
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