ACUTE MEDICAL SPECIALTY CARE

HealthBridge Children’s Hospital is designed, staffed, and equipped to care for medically complex patients, yet dedicated to assisting children and their families through challenging times within a warm and nurturing environment. Our Acute Medical Specialty service provides specialized medical care to children and young adults with high acuity levels requiring extended recovery times after traditional acute care hospital stays.   Many transfer directly from the pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit still medically and physically compromised with multisystem complications that require intense monitoring and observation daily. Length of stay is determined by each individual child’s needs based on their diagnosis and treatment program. The goal is to transfer to lower levels of care and restore prior levels of function to return home.

Common Conditions Treated but not limited to:

 Brain Injury

Spinal Cord injury

 Premature birth complications

Birth anomalies

 Respiratory failure

Neuromuscular disorders

 Complex surgical recovery

Central nervous system infections

Approach to Treatment

To provide the highest quality medical services and ensure a smooth transition for better outcomes, all patients are evaluated prior to coming to HealthBridge. Due to their multiple medical issues, patients considered for our Acute Medical level of care receive daily physician observation and care, as well as the intense services of an interdisciplinary team. This team consists of specialty physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, respiratory therapists, a registered dietician, case manager, social worker and activities coordinator who develop an individualized care plan for each child.  At HealthBridge Children’s Hospital our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to treat the whole child, not just the illness or injury.  Goals are set and updated weekly at our Interdisciplinary Team Conferences. Because we believe family members are an important part of the team, we encourage them to attend these meetings for the latest information on their child’s progress. Family training is provided for medical and therapeutic care that may be needed once the child goes home.

Services provided include, but are not limited to:

Ventilator Management / Weaning

Trach Care/ Decannulation

Intravenous /Central line management  

Telemetry

Pain management

Rehabilitation Services

Wound Care

Antibiotic therapy

Enteral Feeding/TPN

Medication management

Diagnostic studies available include laboratory services, chemistry and microbiological screens, ABG point of Care testing, Radiology, and Bronchoscopy. 

Referrals

Our admissions team at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital works closely with referring hospitals, physicians, insurances and family members to ensure that the admission process is efficient and timely. To refer a patient to HealthBridge, schedule a tour, or ask a question about our programs please call  (888) 306-5121 and someone will assist you.