Pediatric patients from all over south-central Wisconsin are referred to St. Mary's because of our facilities and expertise. Some things you should know:
St. Mary's pediatric ambulance is specially equipped to transport young patients.
Our medical staff consists pediatric hospitalists ( experts in conditions that occur during hospitalization) and many pediatric subspecialists. The addition of hospitalists strengthens St. Mary's long-term commitment to pediatrics. Trained in pediatrics, their medical practices are devoted 100 percent to patients in the hospital. They can detect and treat without delay an array of health conditions that occur among patients in the hospital, such as pneumonia and infections. Unlike clinic-based doctors, they are available to families 24 hours a day and they provide consistency in medical management of patients. They can expedite testing, treat new symptoms, alleviate concerns and make the healing process go much more quickly.
Our nurses are dedicated entirely to pediatric patients. In addition to intensive training on the unit, all of our nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Their deep knowledge and vast experience with children’s health issues are complemented by their understanding of the importance of family and compassionate guidance in working through setbacks. St. Mary's nurses are the backbone of patient care and comfort.
Pediatric subspecialists are on call 24 hours a day. In addition to our 24/7 in-house neonatologist, St. Mary's has access to an array of pediatric specialists, from allergists and cardiologists to oncologists and neurologists.
Our play therapist is an important link in our care for children. Because stress adversely affects the healing process, we try to reduce it through play, thereby elevating the patient's spirit, which in turn can help speed recovery.
Other staff: Pediatric patients are also served by our occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, dietitians and the child's primary physician, who is kept apprised of his or her patient's progress.