Regan Family Center for

Pediatric Care

Every aspect of the Regan Family Center for Pediatric Care at Princeton Medical Center (PMC) is designed with the understanding that children have very specialized healthcare needs. From bright, kid-friendly color accents to the separate treatment room, the Regan Family Center for Pediatric Care shows the special attention paid to each of those specific needs.

COVID-19 Related Changes
Updated May 28, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak we are providing — and will continue to provide — exceptional care to our patients. In an effort to protect our patients and staff, and to prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care, we have decided to make some changes to how we provide pediatric services for the time being.

While PMC continues to offer 24/7 services for pediatric patients arriving at the hospital via the Emergency Department, we have temporarily suspended inpatient services for some pediatric patients.

Pediatric patients who arrive at the hospital will remain in observation — or short-term care and assessment — for up to 48 hours. After this observation period, a decision will be made in consultation with the patient's guardian(s) and their attending physician as to discharge or the next level of care. While accommodations have been made to meet the care needs of most pediatric patients at PMC, in some cases it may be necessary to transfer those who require specialized or prolonged care to another facility.

Neonatal patients up to 8 weeks of age can be readmitted to the NICU if needed and patients aged 16-18 who need more prolonged care may be admitted to an adult floor with their guardian’s permission. Patients who need a higher level of care or who are under 16 and require more prolonged care may be transferred to another facility after discussion with their guardian(s) and the pediatric attending physician.

We believe that taking this step is in the best interest of all and will allow us to focus on our most critically ill patients, take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and ensure we have sufficient equipment and supplies during this difficult time.

 

Pediatric Room

Each child has his or her own room in this dedicated pediatric unit that is focused on exceptional care and comfort for young patients and their families. Care in the Center is provided by pediatric hospitalists (pediatricians who are specially trained to treat hospitalized children) from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who are on-site at the hospital 24/7, working with PMC pediatricians and other healthcare professionals. The rooms were designed to help ease the anxiety or concerns of the child-and of his or her parents. Each room has a Family Zone with comfortable seating and a sleep sofa to accommodate family members overnight.

PMC understands the essential need for children to view their rooms as a safe place. That's why a separate procedure room is available in the Center for Pediatric Care where tests such as blood tests or other procedures are conducted, helping to avoid any negative association that may be created in children's minds through bedside testing.

Pediatric Playroom 

PMC offers the perfect environment for care, safety and comfort, including a playroom on the pediatrics floor. The playroom is fully stocked with games, books, toys and a Wii video game system, to keep children entertained during their stay. Even the televisions are different: the GetWell Network interactive system uses a friendly "neighborhood" interface with options that allow children to select different entertainment choices, including kid-friendly movies, as well as visit areas that will tell them more about the hospital or watch educational videos about their particular health condition. Parental controls also are available, if desired.

For pediatric patients who require highly skilled medical responses, neonatal and pediatric ambulances are provided. Each ambulance will have a team that will care for the child en route and have specialized equipment, such as incubators. In addition, PMC will have a helicopter pad for safe and speedy transport of patients.

For more information, or to find a pediatrician on staff at PMC, please call 1.888.742.7496.


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