Hospitalists join pediatric staff

Photo Provided Wheeling Hospital pediatric hospitalists are, from left, Dr. Sandhya Vethachalam, Dr. Brian Vaske and Dr. Anish Trehun. They are providing hospital coverage for pediatric patients during nights and weekends, ensuring uninterrupted care.

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital has hired three pediatric hospitalists for a new service to provide inpatient care of infants and children around the clock.

Dr. Judith Romano, director of the hospital’s Center for Pediatrics, said the pediatric hospitalists work in concert with a child’s primary care pediatrician.

“The continuity of care is excellent,” she said. “There’s still that close relationship between the pediatrician and the child and the family.”

Drs. Anish Trehun, Brian Vaske and Sandhya Vethachalam are available to provide hospital coverage during nights and on weekends, allowing for uninterrupted care. Romano said the service is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist when children’s regular pediatricians are unavailable.

The primary care pediatrician remains involved throughout a child’s hospital stay, but if there is a significant change to the child’s condition, the hospitalists are on site to respond.

The other important role of the pediatric hospitalist is to provide consultation in the emergency department day or night, Romano said.

In addition, she said, if an emergency delivery occurs, a pediatric hospitalist can examine the newborn immediately, instead of waiting for a primary care pediatrician to arrive.

Wheeling Hospital “is the first hospital in this area to offer pediatric hospitalists,” Romano said.

She said the Center for Pediatrics has added a number of service lines since its establishment 10 years ago and “has significantly expanded inpatient care services with the opening of Tower 5.” The hospital’s Tower 5 opened in 2012.

Before joining Wheeling Hospital, Trehun worked with pediatric inpatients at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va., and had an outpatient pediatrics practice. Prior to working in Petersburg, he was a pediatrics specialist at Welch Community Hospital.

Prior to coming to Wheeling Hospital, Vaske was employed at DuBois Regional Medical Center/Penn Highlands, where he was a founding member of the concussion committee that established the standard of concussion care for the hospital system and area school districts. Vaske also is available to see patients at the Wheeling Hospital Center for Pediatrics’ Martins Ferry location.

Vethachalam received a medical degree at Madras Medical College in India. She performed pediatric residency training at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York.