Washington Hospital has a strong commitment to providing pediatric care for children living in the local area. In October 2013, the hospital moved its Pediatric Unit from the 3rd floor to the 2nd floor, adjacent to the Birthing Center and the Washington Special Care Nursery to further enhance coordination and continuity of care.
The Pediatric Unit at Washington Hospital provides care for sick children ranging in age from birth to 13 years of age. The Pediatric Team focuses on providing patients in our community with outstanding evidence-based care in a safe environment. This care is provided for by Pediatric Hospitalists who are Board Certified in Pediatrics and who are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to attend to pediatric emergencies anywhere in the hospital.
In addition to providing examinations and care for newborns in the Birthing Center and Special Care Nursery (which is a Level 2 Intermediate Nursery), young children in the Pediatric Unit and older children on other floors, the hospitalists also see children who are brought in to the hospital’s Emergency Room.
The Pediatric Unit is a 7-bed unit located on the 2nd floor of the main hospital building. There is a treatment room specially equipped for any procedures that your child may need. There is also a play area set aside for toddlers and other age appropriate books, toys and videos. Most Pediatric patients are taken care of by the Pediatric hospitalist team who provide coverage at Washington Hospital through a partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Other members of the health care team include pediatric nurses, pharmacists, social workers and respiratory therapists who have specialized training in Pediatrics. A few dedicated Pediatric sub-specialists are available at Washington Hospital and when necessary, your physician may work in close conjunction with sub-specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Importantly, the Pediatric hospitalists work in close conjunction your child’s primary doctor so that there is continuity in your child’s care.
We know that our patients’ parents appreciate being close to home so they can manage the rest of their lives and take care of their other children. Our pediatric staff try to keep their world as ‘normal’ as possible. Plus, we believe in family-centered care, allowing open visitation for parents or other primary caregivers at any time of day to accommodate those who don’t work a typical 9-to-5 job. Space permitting, we allow both parents to stay overnight if they want. We also allow healthy siblings of all ages to visit their brother or sister in the hospital. This type of family-centered care has been shown to improve the patient and family hospital experience.
Detailed discharging planning for asthmatic patients are available and include focused asthma education and a tailored asthma action plan based on your child’s past and present condition. Lactation consultants provide services 16-24 hours a day for new mothers whose babies are admitted to the pediatric unit.
Other Related Links:
Washington Hospital's Childbirth and Family Services
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital