Specialized Medical Care for Children & Young Adults
While in EIRMC’s Pediatric Unit, children and their families benefit from advanced treatment methods and our team’s expert, compassionate, family-centered care.
Our 10-bed Pediatrics unit cares for newborns to children up to age 18 who are recovering from serious illness or surgery. The unit is home to a highly specialized pediatric medical staff available 24/7, including pediatricians and nurses.
Each room in the Pediatrics Unit is private, providing family and friends plenty of space to take part in the healing process.
Highlights of the Pediatrics Unit
- 10 all-private rooms – sleeper chair at the bedside for a parent/guardian
- Designed to meet the size-specific needs of children
- Staffed 24/7 by experts in pediatric care
- In-room DVD players, with access to over 200 movies as well as Nintendo DSI
- Child-friendly rooms have space available for the family to remain at the bedside
- Playroom for hospitalized children
Our comprehensive Pediatric Team has extensive experience and training in pediatric aspects of their field. Pediatric Team members include:
- Child Life Specialist
- Pediatric physicians and pediatric cardiologists (by telemedicine).
- Pediatric registered nurses
- Lactation Consultant
- Respiratory, speech, physical and occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Case managers
- Volunteer Cuddlers
- Pet Therapy
- Pastoral care
Our team works together to ensure that your child’s needs are met. Because of our experience caring for sick children, we anticipate needs and questions, but also invite you to ask us anything, at any time.
Preparing for Your Child’s Stay
Because the thought of a hospital stay may cause fear and anxiety in children, we encourage you to talk to your child in advance of his or her visit. Explaining the reasons for your child’s hospitalization in terms he or she can understand can help ease some initial fears. To stay connected to one’s home and family, we encourage children to bring any of the following items that may make their stay more comfortable:
- Favorite stuffed animal or blanket
- Bathrobe and slippers to wear over their hospital pajamas
- A few books or activities to help pass the time
We provide rooming-in accommodations for one parent. If you choose to stay with your child, please bring toiletries, clothes and other essentials. If other family members want to stay in the area, a social worker can provide information on local lodgings and help you make arrangements. We also have a supply of books and a Ronald McDonald room that provides a place for parents to step away and get a snack.