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Young patients move up in the world

February 17, 2014

St. Mary’s is making a move, but it’s kid stuff, literally. St. Mary’s pediatric unit is moving to the seventh floor. “The new unit is bright and shiny and fun,” says Geri Tamborelli, RN, director of St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Services.

The move brings all women and children’s hospital services together on the sixth and seventh floors of the newest section of the hospital, the 12-story tower opened in 2010. Children from newborns through teenagers will be cared for by St. Mary’s pediatric-trained nurses.

The playroom on the new eight-bed unit has been stocked with toys and games. And thanks to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, there are Kindle e-readers and Starlight Fun Center® mobile entertainment and gaming units to distract the young patients from the reason they are there. The children may be on the unit recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery, or receiving cancer treatment.

“If a child has to be in the hospital, first, they deserve the best possible care. And, second, they deserve cheerful, friendly surroundings,” Tamborelli says.

Big care for little patients
Pediatric services at St. Mary’s

  • pediatric unit staffed by specially trained nurses
  • pediatric surgeon, pediatric cardiologist
  • three neonatologists
  • Pediatric Specialty Clinic
  • clinics for children requiring multiple specialists
  • physical, occupational, speech, and recreation therapists

Physical, occupational, speech, and recreation therapists at St. Mary’s Life Center help children with physical, developmental, or reasoning challenges to learn, play and enjoy being kids through group and individual therapy sessions.