MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional Medical Center expanded its current hospital program to include pediatrics, which began July 1.
Pediatric hospital medicine is a medical subspecialty dedicated to providing comprehensive medical care to hospitalized pediatric patients by pediatric hospitalists, according to a hospital press release. They are responsible for the day-to-day care of patients, including diagnosis, treatment and necessary medical procedures in the hospital.
Pediatric hospital doctors work with a patient’s pediatrician or primary care physician to provide quality care to children in the hospital in a way that is comfortable and reassuring for children and their parents. These hospitalists will also interact with other pediatricians and family physicians who care for the patient in a clinic setting.
“While we have always provided inpatient pediatric care, adding a specialized team of pediatricians will allow us to provide a higher level of pediatric care,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “This new team of physicians will allow us to expand our capabilities and keep more children here in our community.”
The introduction of this program will ease the burden on parents who have to travel to receive the necessary care for their children, the hospital said.
In 2012, Colquitt Regional transitioned to a hospital-based model of care for adult hospitalized patients, while continuing to care for pediatric patients using local pediatricians and primary care physicians. The hospital program at Colquitt Regional has grown to 12 hospital employees, three nurse practitioners and now three children’s hospitals.
The pediatric hospitalization team will be led by pediatrician Debra Selby, MD, who will serve as the program’s medical director. Moultrie pediatrician Patricia June, MD, and Lacey Chambers, MD, will work with Selby.
Selby attended West Virginia University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, then attended medical school at WVU School of Medicine, followed by a residency at West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.
Selby has over 30 years of experience in pediatrics. She and her husband moved to Moultrie in 2019 when she joined the Colquitt Regional medical staff as a pediatrician at CareConnect Pediatrics.
June attended Duke University, where she received her bachelor of science degree and then her medical degree from Emory University. She continued her education and conducted residencies in both internal medicine and pediatrics.
June has been a member of the Colquitt Regional medical staff for more than 35 years.
Chambers also attended West Virginia University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. She then attended medical school at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, followed by a residency in pediatrics at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Chambers recently moved to Moultrie with her husband and daughter.
The pediatric hospital team will also play an integral role in educating residents of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program. Georgia South residents provide pediatric care in the clinic and also complete pediatric rotations in the hospital. This comprehensive service gives them more opportunities to gain hands-on experience with pediatric patients.
“The new group of pediatric hospital physicians brings more than 65 years of pediatric experience to Colquitt Regional,” said Colquitt Regional Vice President of Patient Services Dena Zinker. “We have assigned all the necessary resources, equipment, supplies and training to ensure we are well equipped to care for our patient base.”
For more information about the pediatric hospitalization program, contact Colquitt’s Regional Marketing Department at 229-890-3552 or visit colquittregional.com.