As parents ourselves, we understand that having your child admitted to the hospital can be scary. Our goal is not only to diagnosis and treat your child but to make your hospital experience as calm and pleasant as possible. If you have any immediate concerns or questions that cannot be addressed by your nurse, then please give our office a call at 865-546-3998 (Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm).
During your stay, our physician on call as well as Matt Greiner, PA our inpatient provider, will see you. We will see you each day you are in the hospital if we are your primary provider for your admission. If your primary provider for this admission is from the hospital or another specialty and we are requested to be involved in your child’s care, then we may not see you every day, but will be in contact with your primary providers each day. Depending on your diagnosis, you may also see providers from other specialties within the hospital. We encourage you to keep a list of questions so that have those available when we come to see you and your child.
Admission from the office:
Your child may be admitted during their clinic appointment if your provider feels that they need immediate testing or treatment that cannot be done on an outpatient basis. We will discuss what tests, treatments, and/or procedures that we expect to do while you/your child is in the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital, you will go to the registration desk (across from the gift shop), where they will complete your registration, obtain a consent to treat, copy of you/your child’s insurance card, and any legal documents. You will be directed to the room as soon as it is ready.
Admission from the Emergency Department:
You/your child may be admitted during a trip to the emergency department at ETCH if the doctor feels there is a need to stay overnight for further testing, treatment, or procedures. If this is the case, the emergency department provider will discuss what to expect during your stay. Unless you/your child is in need of an emergent procedure, you will usually not see the on call provider from GI For Kids in the emergency department.
Admission from home:
There may be times that you/your child will be admitted from home. These admissions are usually pre-scheduled. You will go to the registration desk at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at the time requested and sign in at the kiosk. They will complete your registration, obtain a consent to treat, copy of you/your child’s insurance card, and any legal documents. You will be directed to the room as soon as it is ready.
Once you are in your room, your nurse and other hospital staff will obtain your child’s vital signs, medical history, medications, allergies, and any other pertinent information. If we have ordered immediate testing and or treatment; such as IV’s, medications, lab work, NG tube, or radiology; then your nurse may go ahead and start those.
Please Bring The Additional Following Items:
- Parent’s driver’s license
- Child’s insurance card
- Child’s social security number
- Any prescriptions that the child is taking in their original bottles
- **If you are a legal guardian, please bring appropriate documentation
The hospital will require a parent or legal guardian to give written consent for the admission. That individual is required to bring photo identification.
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Knoxville, TN 37922