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Pediatric Emergency Services

BCH’s Pediatrics Emergency room features pediatric specialists trained to handle pediatric illness and injury for newborns to 17 year old.  “BCH is located right in Stone Oak’s own back yard, but it offers the same care and subspecialty support as facilities in the medical center,” said Adam Gibbs, MPA, BAAS, LP, Administrator for all Baptist Health System emergency rooms.

 

Children experiencing asthma attack, uncontrollable nausea/diarrhea, migraine, fainting, acute ear or abdominal pain, seizure, broken bone or fever of unknown cause will be seen by board-certified pediatric emergency room personnel supported by pediatric subspecialty physicians in eight different fields – everything from gastroenterology to neurology. While any time waiting with a hurting child can seem like an eternity to a parent, the goal of BCH’s Pediatric ER is for patients to be triaged and placed in one of the unit’s 24 beds in less than 10 minutes. 

 

Emergency physicians make a diagnosis, administer treatment (like respiratory therapy, IV medicines or fluids) and either discharge the patient or admit the child for further care according to Gibbs. BCH’s Pediatric ER offers the full complement of diagnostic testing equipment – X-ray, MRI, CT scan and full laboratory. Phlebotomists in the Pediatric PDQ outpatient lab are specially trained to start IVs on tiny babies or those with difficult veins to make the experience less traumatic.

 

“Our nurses are great with kids,” says Gibbs. There’s a play area in the waiting room and televisions in the treatment rooms. Child Life Specialists bring smiles to kids at their most vulnerable time, reading books, playing games or offering take-home blankets and stuffed animals, he added.

 

“Baptist Children’s Hospital at North Central is the only acute care children’s hospital in North Central San Antonio with admission capability,” Gibbs said. This means that if your child’s diagnosis requires a hospital stay, they can go right up to the second floor, all under one roof and in the Stone Oak community. “Many of the staff live in the Stone Oak area and are always aware they may be treating a neighbor or their own child’s classmate,” Gibbs added.

 

The Pediatric Emergency Room also offers psychological intervention for a child or teen if a doctor suspects he or she may be suffering from severe depression or may be suicidal. A licensed clinical social worker determines the need for a psychiatric admission or outpatient follow up.

 

The Nest Women’s Center

Most parents will not require the critical emergency care available at The Baptist Children’s Hospital at North Central. The Nest Women’s Center is designed to make the delivery experience one they will cherish for a lifetime. The Nest features beautiful, newly decorated, comfortable labor and delivery rooms with equally exceptional post-partum rooms for families to begin bonding with their newborns. The Nest Women’s Center at North Center Baptist Hospital is located at 520 Madison Oak Drive, close to home and convenient for family to visit.

Compassionate Care Close to Home

Whether it’s the joyous occasion of the birth of a new baby or a medical concern, Stone Oak parents can be confident that North Central Baptist Hospital stands equipped and ready to provide their entire family with high level, quality and compassionate care – right in their own neighborhood.

Compassionate Care for Children

Baptist Children’s Hospital at North Central (BCH)

By Amy Morgan

 

For parents there is nothing more important than the wellbeing, health and safety of their children. From birth and throughout a child’s life, knowing where to go when the unexpected happens can provide great peace of mind. That’s why the Baptist Children’s Hospital at North Central (BCH) is ready to provide expert care for newborns and children experiencing illness or injury when an emergency happens.

 

Highest Level NICU for Newborn Care

Should a problem arise during the birth of a child, the 72-bed Level IV Neonatal ICU at Baptist Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of care available in San Antonio. The NICU is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by in-house board-certified neonatology physicians. Brent Reyburn, D.O., M.S., NICU Medical Director, has led the hospital’s neonatology department for the past two years. Dr. Reyburn spearheads a comprehensive team of five neonatology specialty doctors, as well as nurse practitioners, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists to take care of the tiniest and sickest babies.

 

“We provide a complete complement of subspecialty team members who are all pediatrics trained,” Reyburn said. Parents can feel confident that their newest family member will be in the capable hands of experienced, highly qualified medical professionals. Neonatal care begins in the delivery room, where a resuscitation team stands by every high-risk pregnancy in case immediate intervention is required.

“We are prepared if mom has pre-eclampsia or diabetes,” Dr. Reyburn said. “If the baby’s heart rate slows and we need to do an emergency C-section, our team of specially trained nurses and neonatologists are available 24 hours a day. Not every hospital has that.”

Any baby born at less than 35-weeks gestation automatically is admitted to the NICU, Reyburn says. Babies younger than one month who need medical attention in the emergency room, are also sent straight to the NICU. Other reasons a newborn might land in the NICU include those with respiratory problems who need help breathing, complications from a multiple birth or babies who are unable to feed well by mouth.

A big concern for parents is being able to spend time with their newborn if the baby is admitted to the NICU. AT BCH, parents don’t have to be separated from their baby. Even if the mother is discharged, BCH has special rooms for families so that they can stay together. Perhaps baby is weaning off of a monitor or will be released with complicated equipment. The family can room together, while receiving helpful information and education under the watchful eyes of the neonatal nurses.

Parents also benefit from the experiences of others who have walked in their shoes. The Parent Council stocks a NICU family lounge with snacks, crafts and games for siblings, gifts, and hot meals. “Graduated” parents share wisdom learned through their experiences. Parent Council lead volunteer Christine Garza remembers how she felt when her now four-year-old twins spent four months in the NICU after being born at 23 weeks.

“This great group of former NICU parents answered questions and gave me hope. They reassured me that the girls were getting the best possible care and that we were going through something very temporary,” Garza said. “The NICU staff is the heartbeat of the hospital. They provide the best possible bedside manner and calming energy in a time of crisis. They are just superheroes!”

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