Table 2.

Characteristics of Washington State Rural Hospitals With and Without Pediatric Attendings

Hospitals Without Pediatricians
(n = 27 Hospitals)
Hospitals With Pediatricians
(n = 14 Hospitals)
P*
Mean no. of family practitioners/hospital3.710.1
Mean no. of pediatricians/hospital0.02.8
Mean annual pediatric discharges/hospital33.0181.5<.0001
Mean total hospital charges/discharge ($)$1400$1981<.0001
Mean length of stay (days)2.43.3<.0001
Patients from outside hospital catchment area (%)2022.13