Pediatric Inpatient Unit
We go above and beyond to make your child's stay the best it can be. Child-friendly murals, an aquarium and 16 spacious rooms are here to make you and your child more comfortable. Twelve of our 16 rooms are equipped with cardiac monitors if your child needs to be monitored more closely. Our specially trained physicians, nurses and staff are here because they love children, and it shows. Our nurses are certified in PALS (pediatric advanced life support) and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program) among other certifications. They also participate in continuing education monthly to give the best care possible to you and your family.
Upon admission to the pediatric unit, your child will be weighed and measured and have vital signs taken, which includes checking a pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, respirations and oxygen saturation. These are generally taken on a regular schedule during your child's stay, as ordered by your physician. Intravenous access for medication administration, blood tests and x–rays may be included in your child's plan of care. While these tests are common during a hospital stay, your physician may request other tests necessary to monitor your child's progress.
Visiting hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For your child's safety, our unit is locked from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. We request an adult stay with the patient at all times. Parents will have access to a window bed in all rooms and a couch with a pull-out bed is available in some rooms when spending the night.
Siblings are allowed to visit depending on your child's illness. However, for their own safety, we ask that they leave when visiting hours are over so the patient can rest well and the staff can have room to work, especially in an emergency situation.
Our kitchen is stocked with snacks and goodies for the patient to enjoy in accordance with what the physician orders. Our food and nutrition staff do their best to have other pediatric meal options available to our little ones. Just let your nurse know if you have a picky eater!
The health team members will keep you updated on your child's condition throughout your stay. Patient confidentiality rules do not allow us to share information about other patients. The care and well-being of your child is of utmost importance, and we want to make it the best experience possible.
Because of Children's Miracle Network, we have an outpatient center, where children receive special treatments without having to travel to out of town facilities for treatments. We provide individual treatment as needed for children, including weekly treatments for some, as well as chemotherapy treatment administered by our chemo-trained nurses.
Here at Shannon, we are all about children. We have a playroom with toys, games, books, puzzles and a foosball table for your child to enjoy when his or her condition improves. An outside courtyard with a unique fountain is available for fresh air during your stay. We also offer wireless PS3 stations in each room loaded with kid-friendly movies along with games kids can play right from their beds.
Teenagers can hang out in the Teen Lounge, decked out with leather chairs, a plasma TV, Xbox and a computer. This room was made possible by donations to Children's Miracle Network and is in memory of Justin Tackett, one of our favorite teenagers, who fought hard in his battle with cancer.