Specialists in pediatrics provide expert care for a range of children’s diseases.

Children are physically different from adults. They may get the same disease or medical condition as an adult, but it impacts them differently. It’s why they need special care.

The VBMC Pediatric Specialty Unit has physicians on the VBMC medical staff trained in pediatric subspecialties of cardiology, pulmonology, hematology/oncology and gastroenterology available to see your child as an outpatient by appointment or on consultation for inpatients.

And if your child requires admission, our dedicated pediatric unit supports family-centered care including overnight accommodations for one parent to stay at the child's bedside to provide comfort and support.

From Hospital to Home, Keeping the Focus on Kids' Health

Besides advanced pediatric care, Health Quest offers resources dedicated to helping your child stay healthy. Many Health Quest Medical Practice primary care physicians treat children as well as their parents.

HQMP Pediatrics 

Pediatric Hospitalist

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?

Pediatric Hospitalists are pediatricians who are specialized in caring for children admitted to the hospital. At Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the hospitalists are on-site 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to respond quickly to emergencies or changes in your child’s condition. They can also promptly coordinate your child’s individualized care with specialists (such as a cardiologist or surgeon), the laboratory, radiology, and other services, as needed.

What to expect?

Upon arrival to the Pediatric Unit at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, your child will be under the care of a hospitalist or a nurse practitioner, who will coordinate your child’s care until he or she returns home. During your child’s stay, you may see more than one hospitalist, depending on the length of your child’s hospitalization and the rotation of the hospitalist group. The pediatric hospitalist will communicate with your child’s primary care physician throughout your child’s stay – upon admission to establish the plan of care, with ongoing updates on your child’s condition, and at discharge.

A hospitalist will see your child every day and as needed throughout his or her hospitalization. At the time of discharge, the hospitalist will speak with you and provide instructions for your child’s at-home care and follow up. After your child is discharged from the hospital, his or her primary care physician will resume the care of your child.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place Suite 1000
Poughkeepsie, NY
Phone: (845) 454-8500
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220