Dan Hale, MD and Tom Fitzgerald, MD

Portsmouth, NHPortsmouth Regional Hospital recently welcomed two pediatric hospitalists to its staff. Dan Hale, MD and Tom Fitzgerald, MD joined the women and children service line at Portsmouth Regional Hospital providing families with around-the-clock pediatric and neonatal care for a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs from pediatric-specialty trained physicians.

"Portsmouth Regional Hospital is privileged to offer this specialty service to the Seacoast as we know that hospitalists provide a familiar and consistent approach to inpatient care," said Dean Carucci, chief executive officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital. "Hospitalist programs have also been shown to enhance family centered care, help prevent medical complications, reduce hospital length of stays, and lower healthcare costs."

Dan Hale, MD, serves as medical director of the pediatric hospitalist program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He is an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and enjoys teaching. Dr. Hale graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and moved to Portland, Maine to complete his pediatrics residency and chief residency. He is a member of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee. Dr. Hale resides in Kittery, Maine with his family.

Tom Fitzgerald, MD, graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut. He completed a general academic pediatric fellowship at Boston University/Boston City Hospital. Dr. Fitzgerald went on to work at Massachusetts General Hospital's Charlestown Health Center. Most recently, he worked for Core Physicians and served on the staff of Exeter Hospital. Dr. Fitzgerald resides in Exeter with his family.

Dr. Hale and Dr. Fitzgerald collaborate with other specialty providers to keep care in the community and facilitate care from the acute care environment of Portsmouth Regional Hospital to the community based pediatric and family practice offices on the Seacoast.