The Pediatric Special Care Unit
A Regional Resource for Children Requiring Intensive Care

Vol. 10, No. 3
September, 2000

  • Photodynamic Therapy: A Ray of Hope for Cancer Patients

  • Baclofen Pump Relieves Severe Muscle Stiffness

  • New Intervention Helps Seal Spinal Fractures

  • Winthrop�s Program of Radiography Accepts Applications

  • The Pediatric Special Care Unit
    A Regional Resource for Children Requiring Intensive Care

  • Neonatologist Awarded $2.186 Million for Multi-center Study

  • Prostate Cancer Screening Planned

  • Ambulatory Surgery Unit Now Operational

  • Parent Alert: Four-to-Eight-Year-Olds Need Booster Seats in Cars

  • New Poison Control Website

  • October is Breast Health Month

  • September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

  • Nurse Specialist Group
    An Educational Resource

  • More than 500 Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day

  • Board Member Theodora Hooten Receives Trustee of the Year� Award

  • New Conference Center and Library Dedicated

  • �Evidence-Based Medicine� Training Grant

  • Winthrop President and CEO Honored by Metropolitan Health Administrators� Association

  • Hospital Volunteers Needed

  • An Enchanted Evening

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  • Every clinician's observations and input are vitally important when providing healthcare to children in need of intensive monitoring and care. Neven Pesa, RN,C (L) plans for a new patient, with Mary Ann Dziomba, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager (C) and Laura Miele, RN (R).
    Pinthrop's seven-bed Pediatric Special Care Unit is a regional resource which fully meets the needs of children requiring intensive care," said Eileen Magri, RN, C, MSN, Administrative Manager for Maternal/Child Health at Winthrop. The Pediatric Special Care Unit, part of the Department of Pediatrics, a component of Winthrop's Institute for Family Care, is located adjacent to the 22-bed general Pediatric Unit.

    Serving critically ill pediatric patients in need of intensive monitoring and care, from infants just a few days old, through the age of l8, the unit is staffed by Board certified pediatric specialists. Its registered nurses have been trained along with Winthrop's pediatric resident physicians and undergo continuing Hospital training and orientation. Ongoing inservice education is provided by a Clinical Nurse Specialist. In addition, Winthrop's Respiratory Therapists are a constant presence on the Unit.

    Board certified specialists, under pediatric pulmonologist Pramod Narula, MD, Director of the Pediatric Special Care Unit, include pediatric intensivist Laura Nimkoff, MD and Carlos Montoya, MD, a pediatric cardiologist. "Pediatric specialists from all clinical disciplines attend the patients as needs arise," said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.

    Emotional and spiritual support are provided to patients and their parents and guardians through counseling and education by Winthrop's human services professionals. A Pediatric Social Worker, the Hospital's Director of Pastoral Care and Education, and the Child Life Program's Specialists work as a team, imparting information, education, and comfort. For children, information about their condition, care, and hospital environment is geared to their ages and levels of understanding. Younger children are taught through play therapy.

    "There are times when the Pediatric Special Care Unit must mobilize very quickly, and that's when the Unit's teamwork really shows," commented Mary Ann Dziomba, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager. "One of the nurses' goals is to communicate fully with parents," added Eileen Magri. "The patients' primary nurses teach parents and guardians as much as possible about caring for their children at home. Even when home care is indicated, the parents must know how to provide care." Home care and medical equipment are arranged by Elena Frassanito, RN, CCM, an experienced pediatric nurse and case manager.

    For further information on the Pediatric Special Care Unit at Winthrop, call Ms. Magri at (516) 663-2361 or 2984.

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