Patient Care

The Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Service accounts for approximately 30% of all admissions to the Rady Healthcare system and all general pediatric admissions. We care for patients with common or complex problems, with no past medical concerns or instead those children with multiple chronic co-morbid medical and surgical conditions. PHM physicians provide inpatient care and consultation at the Rady main campus site as well as our satellite community ward at Sharp Grossmont. We also provide pediatric consultation for the inpatient psychiatry unit (CAPS), and serve as the pediatric care providers for the Juvenile Hall system for San Diego and Imperial counties. Our clinical services also include sedation and coordination of emergency transport for non-neonatal critical care transport. Additionally, we provide acute and ongoing care to skilled nursing and subacute level convalescent patients at the Helen Bernardy Center (HBC), located on the RCHSD campus. We are also the sole providers of inpatient palliative care medicine.

We are the core faculty teaching housestaff from UCSD Pediatrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Family Medicine Residencies as well as residents from 5 other local training program. Medical students rotation on our teams consistently, and many also complete subinternship rotations on the ward with PHM faculty as core attendings. In addition to clinical services, the division holds many administrative positions in Quality Management, Informatics, Homecare, HBC, Graduate Medical Education, Simulation/learning center, Inpatient Services, and others. We have multiple funded and unfunded  projects in QI, research, and education, with an average of 40 different projects ongoing at any given time. Our PHM Fellowship, one of the oldest in the nation, continues to attract the brightest candidates from across the nation. Finally, we are committed to the community and to advocacy for child health, including leading in Safe Sleep for infants, smoke exposure cessation, and other initiatives that include activity in the county and state as well.

Visit the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program at Rady Children's Hospital