Clinical Practice

Inpatient Medicine

Services at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

The  Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine serves as the primary provider for general inpatient pediatric services at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Since its inception in 1978, the PHM division has evolved to accommodate the growing need for hospitalist services within Pittsburgh and surrounding tri-state area. The division cares for more than 5,000 patients admitted to Children’s Hospital annually, representing approximately 25% of total stays. Faculty serve as attending physicians for five acute care teams as well as a 10-bed observation unit, overseeing physicians-in-training as part of patient care delivery. In addition to primary oversight of patients, the PHM division also provides consultatory services to the subspecialty medical and surgical divisions, often in conjunction with pediatric resident physicians. Several medical subspecialty services utilize the PHM division as primary providers should their patients require hospital admission — these include Complex Care, Dental Medicine, Medical Genetics, Allergy/Immunology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Adolescent Medicine. 

Services at The Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center - Pediatric Specialty Hospital

The Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine admits pediatric patients requiring transitional or subacute care to the nearby Pediatric Specialty Hospital at The Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center. The Children’s Home helps to facilitate family and caregiver education when a child’s care may involve medical devices or other complexities. Additionally, children with complex congenital heart disease awaiting stepwise surgical correction are often admitted to The Children’s Home by the PHM division in between acute stays at Children’s Hospital.