Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Department is celebrating its first birthday! One year ago, Memorial Hospital opened an 8-bed inpatient pediatric unit and a 6-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for critically-ill children. These general medical units provide a continuity of care for children following emergencies, injuries or illnesses.
“Families are at the forefront of everything we do,” said President and CEO Jim O’Loughlin. “We opened this unit so children and families can continue to receive care close to home when illnesses and injuries require hospitalization.”
The inpatient pediatric unit and PICU are staffed by a team of experienced pediatric physicians and nurses who offer a caring and compassionate approach while utilizing advanced treatment options. The staff is experienced in handling acute illnesses ranging from asthma and respiratory viruses to seizures, pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis.
“When children are sick, it can affect the entire family,” said Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Suzanne Woods. “We are committed to offering family-centered care in a comfortable, convenient and child-friendly environment that allows parents to be supportive and involved in their child’s care plan.”
Features of the unit include:
- Pediatric trained physicians, intensivists, nurses and staff members
- Spacious and modern, all-private rooms
- State-of-the-art technology
- 24/7 Family-centered care with rooming-in capabilities for parents
- Flexible visiting hours
- Play area with child-sized furniture and toys
- Child-friendly artwork and décor provided by local artists
- Individualized treatment plans designed to meet the unique needs of each patient
Memorial Hospital also treats children at all of its emergency department locations; the Main Emergency Department on University Boulevard South, the Memorial Emergency Center – Atlantic, the Memorial Emergency Center – Julington Creek and soon the Memorial Emergency Center – Mandarin, which is set to open in the Fall.