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Any time a child is ill and admitted to the hospital can be a very emotional time for the family. That’s why we have a comprehensive staff ready to meet all of your child’s needs, as well as your own. You can rest assured knowing that whether your child is admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or General Pediatrics Service (both located at Allegheny General Hospital), our attending physicians are in-house, 24-hours a day to provide continuous care for your child.
Throughout your child’s hospital stay, a multidisciplinary team gathers daily to share information and to develop and to implement a plan of care for your child and family. The team primarily consists of a pediatric physician (Hospitalist and/ or Intensivist) and your child’s nurse, a Physician Assistant, a Child Life Specialist, a pediatric Social Worker, a pediatric Nutritionist, and also may include pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists—all of whom are intimately involved in taking care of your child and family. In addition, emergency medicine and family practice residents, and medical students join us on rounds.
To help support your child and family during this difficult time, we offer the caring and expertise of our Child Life Specialist and Social Services. These specialists play an integral role in helping our patients and families meet the emotional needs involved in a child’s illness.
Through therapeutic play, our Child Life Specialist will help your child make sense of and cope with his or her illness. Siblings can also benefit from activities to help them deal with the impact on their family’s routine and anxiety about their sibling’s illness and recovery. Along with the rest of the pediatrics care team, our Social workers provide counseling and emotional support throughout your child’s admission. They will make every effort to ensure your needs are met during your child’s stay.
Specialty Pediatric Services
Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Recognized locally, nationally, and internationally, our physicians at the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center offer diagnosis and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with these conditions. These specialists are available to see your child (or you) in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. They are also involved in pioneering research for more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment for allergic and immune diseases. Throughout the year, the division conducts multiple sports camps for children with asthma.
Pediatric Burn Care is available as both inpatient and outpatient services (located at West Penn Hospital). All Pediatric Burn Patients who are admitted, are followed by our Pediatric Inpatient Division staff.
Our Division of Pediatric Cardiology provides noninvasive workups, including stress testing, EKGs, Holter monitoring, and fetal, pediatric, and adolescent echocardiography. Preventive cardiology is available for the management of childhood overweight-related conditions such as hypertension, cholesterol disorders, and metabolic syndrome.
From evaluation through treatment, we address attention or learning difficulties, problems with language or motor skills, and other developmental issues. Our Child Development specialists offer a broad range of services, including comprehensive and periodic developmental evaluations for infants, family support, referrals to community-based developmental and educational services, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Developmental Follow-Up Program.
Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)
Regarded as clinical leaders and research innovators in the field of otorhinolaryngology, AGH’s ENT specialists lead the way in new approaches for treating pediatric ear, nose, and throat problems, including the management of tonsillitis, adenoiditis, and sinusitis. Diagnostic services are also available for pediatric patients with hearing loss, speech-language disorders, and congenital abnormalities of the head and neck. Our Pediatric ENT specialists offer a unique, nationally recognized approach for treating children who need ear tube placement—which minimizes emotional trauma for children undergoing the procedure, and also enables the patients to be discharged promptly.
Nutritional disorders, at either end of the spectrum, afflict many children and often impede healthy development. Pediatric dieticians are available to both pediatric inpatients and outpatients. Additional services include, but are not limited to intervention/ counseling for obesity, failure to thrive, diabetes, and food allergies. In cooperation with Highmark, we are also able to offer Kidshape.
Children have special eye care needs that are best addressed by pediatric ophthalmologic experts. Pediatric Ophthalmologists at Allegheny General Hospital offer a full spectrum of care—from regular checkups to more in-depth ophthalmic examinations and treatments.
Our Pediatric Orthopaedists offer specialized care for children and adolescents who have congenital and developmental problems with joints, muscles, and bones. In addition to treating patients with bone fractures, dislocations of joints, and scoliosis, our Pediatric Orthopaedists also provide care to children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and sports injuries. As the official medical provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates, AGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery also supports and directs numerous regional scholastic sports programs.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Children with emotional, attention-related, behavioral, cognitive or learning problems, and neurologic or psychiatric disorders benefit from the services of AGH Department of Psychiatry. We provide both Pediatric and Adolescent outpatient psychiatric services, including The Center for Post-Traumatic Stress, for children exposed to traumatic life events.
Pediatric Speech Therapy
For our infant and pediatric patients requiring is available in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.