At HSC, our pediatric patients enter into a continuum of care. This continuum encompasses a variety of programs and services designed to meet the healthcare and developmental needs of a variety of different patients of all ages and needs. Patients enter the continuum at different levels and these levels may change as medical circumstances change. For instance, a child may be admitted to our unit to wean from a ventilator (breathing machine) and while here receive a variety of therapy and educational services. Once successfully weaned from the ventilator, the child may then transition to a more intensive rehabilitation program. Medical management may then shift to focus more on transitioning off tube feeding and to taking nutrition by mouth. Children and their parents will work together with the health care team to develop achievable goals at each stage of their continuum. Once their goals are met and the child is discharged home, the child and family may choose from a multitude of HSC resources and/or community resources for continued rehabilitation and development.
HSC offers children with physical disabilities and/or complex medical needs a comprehensive range of specialized inpatient rehabilitation programs:
Dr. John Pelegano, our Chief of Pediatrics, is board-certified in both general pediatrics and in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. In appropriate cases, complete developmental evaluations are performed and a unique plan of developmental therapy is created through collaboration with the full spectrum of therapeutic services. Dr. Pelegano is also expert in working with educators within the hospital and in the community to create an educational program that meets your child’s unique needs.
Our unit provides short-term care that helps a family take a break from the daily routine and stress of caring for a child with complex medical needs. Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need to keep their child living with a disability or chronic illness at home.
This 36-bed unit is for medically complex patients with resultant respiratory failure who require an artificial airway and ventilator assistance. These patients require intensive nursing and respiratory care, including periodic use of intravenous medication and non-invasive respiratory monitoring.