Hospitalist Watsonville

Rotation Guide & Goals

Welcome to Watsonville Community Hospital! WCH is a 106-bed hospital and has served south Santa Cruz County for over 100 years. You will be joining our team of 3 pediatric hospitalists. We see a full spectrum of community hospital pediatrics with tremendous variety in presentation and acuity. As the resident here, our goal is for you to be the primary physician caring for our diverse and busy service, which includes a general peds ward, a Level II NICU, and a well baby unit. Here, you will get a sense of how the “whole” pediatrician attends to children in the absence of readily available subspecialty consultation, with an eye towards practicing effective community hospital medicine and delivering quality care to a semi-rural and largely migrant population.

Community hospital pediatrics is distinct from academic hospital pediatrics in many ways, but especially in its emphasis on the care of newborns. We spend a significant amount of time caring for infants in the NICU and for well babies. Gen Peds volume fluctuates seasonally.

All residents planning to rotate at Watsonville should review the Resident Guide under Educational Tools.

Orientation to Salud Para La Gente


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Rotation Director
Eric Foote, MD
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Sarah Hilgenberg, MD (LPCH Contact)
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