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CMH Pediatric Hospitalist Team Expands (July 2013)

Parents will notice some new faces on the pediatric unit at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Dr. Deborah Bear and Dr. Upendra Mahat have recently joined the pediatric hospitalist team at CMH. Their role is to provide round-the-clock coverage for sick children who are admitted.

“We’re proud to welcome Dr. Deborah Bear and Dr. Upendra Mahat to our pediatric hospitalist program,” said Dr. Mike Brooks, vice president for medical affairs at the hospital. “Their addition brings the team to seven members total.”

According to Dr. Brooks, the hospitalists are fully trained in pediatrics with a special emphasis on the care of acutely ill children. “They are on hand seven days a week and are available anywhere in the hospital that a child needs care,” he said. Additionally, they work with families, nursing staff, other doctors and the child’s primary care physician to coordinate care.

“Equally important, they are immediately available for emergency deliveries and cesarean sections” said Holly Dooley, director of Fetal and Maternal Health Services at CMH. “This is very reassuring for the mothers who use our Family Birth Center.” They also take care of the newborns in the hospital’s nursery.

The pediatric hospitalist program has been in place at Calvert Memorial Hospital since 2007. This specialized care is enhanced by the hospital’s relationship with Dr. Deborah Hoy of the Georgetown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, who oversees the program. In her role as medical director, she assures that the pediatric care provided at CMH is based on the latest evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Brooks said that once a child is discharged and they go home, care is taken over by his or her pediatrician or the family doctor. He said Bear will work exclusively at Calvert Memorial but Mahat will also work part-time with local pediatrician Dr. Bhargesh Mehta, who has offices in Dunkirk and Prince Frederick.

Dr. Bear graduated from The George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC in 2010 and went on to complete her internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2013. She also has a master’s in public health from the George Washington School of Public Health.

Dr. Mahat graduated from Tribhuvan University, Universal College of Medical Sciences in Nepal in 2007 and went on to complete his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York in 2013. His special interests include behavioral and neurodevelopment disorders of children.

Pictured are the newest members of the CMH Pediatric Hospitalist Team, Dr. Deborah Bear and Dr. Upendra Mahat.

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