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Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Jody H. Lack, M.D.

Hospital Medicine Leadership

Dr. Lack is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Associate Program Director for Pediatric Graduate Medical Education and the Division Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  She earned her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.  Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and hospital medicine, Dr. Lack is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Patient Care

We are a group of experienced, enthusiastic, board-certified/eligible pediatricians whose mission is to provide compassionate, quality care in the hospital inpatient setting that is close to home for ill infants, children and adolescents. Medical residents and students often see patients and provide care with us as they learn the field of pediatric medicine.  Our practice is entirely hospital-based and we see patients for many physicians in the area at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  When your child leaves the hospital, we will give your Pediatrician/Family doctor an overview of your child’s hospital stay and detailed instructions for any necessary follow up care.

Our hospitalists have identified four priorities that define what it means to be a SIU Pediatric hospitalist:

  • Patient care: We dedicate ourselves to providing the best patient experience by focusing on clinical excellence, patient safety, positive care outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  • Teamwork: We ensure good care by working as a team with each other, and as partners with specialists, primary care providers and the bedside care team.
  • Lifelong learning: We are committed to lifelong learning through continuing our own professional development, sharing knowledge with each other, and teaching residents, medical students, nurses, patients and their families.
  • Quality Improvement: We focus on improving the care of children in the hospital by research and study projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a pediatric hospitalist?
    A pediatric hospitalist is a pediatrician who specializes in the care of ill children in the hospital.
  2. Can our pediatric hospitalist be my child's primary care physician?
    No, our practice does not provide primary care. We partner with the local Pediatricians and Family doctors to provide care to their hospitalized patients.  When we are done providing that care we return the care of the child to the pediatrician or family doctor.
  3. What type of training do pediatric hospitalists have?
    Pediatric hospitalists are medical doctors who have had at least four years of medical school, and three years of pediatric residency training.
  4. What types of treatments do pediatric hospitalists provide?
    Pediatric hospitalists care for children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs who require hospital care. Such medical needs include:
  • Infectious illnesses of the blood, skin, lungs, and kidneys
  • Respiratory illnesses such as bronchiolitis, pneumonia and croup
  • Problems with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
  • Common pediatric illnesses such as influenza and dehydration
  • Recovery from injuries or surgeries

        Pediatric hospitalists often assist and coordinate care with other pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons and subspecialty physicians in caring for children.



American Academy of Pediatricians, “What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?” 2004.