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Young people are special, and so are the care and attention that they need when they are hospitalized. Cabell Huntington's Pediatrics Unit is designed to meet those special needs through its medical and surgical care just for children.

The unit has 26 beds and a specially trained staff. Three hospitalists are a welcome addition to the unit, and board-certified pediatricians  Dr. Samantha Cook, Dr. Susan Flesher and Dr. Audra Pritt work closely with other pediatricians, specialists and subspecialists to provide the best care possible for their patients.  One primary focus of the unit is family-centered care. Families are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the patient's care. This helps the family understand more about the child’s condition and feel comfortable providing any necessary care at home after discharge.

The unit includes a playroom with toys for small children. Parents are welcome to stay with their child overnight and take an active role in his or her care. Tutoring is available to help children keep up with their schoolwork during their hospital stay.  Special attention is always given to the emotional and developmental needs of these young patients and their families.

Specialized PICU Transport Services

Cabell Huntington Hospital offered the first specialized pediatric transport services in West Virginia, and the team transports an average of 450 critically ill or injured infants and children each year.  Research shows that specialized pediatric teams can reduce negative outcomes.  Because life-saving skills for children are different from life-saving skills for adults, all transport team members are specially trained in advanced life-saving skills for pediatric patients.

The transport team is directed by Marie Frazier, MD, Eduardo Pino, MD, and J. Michael Waldeck, MD, who also serves as transport director.  All three intensivists work in conjunction with pediatric specialists to provide the most appropriate care for your child during transport and after arrival.

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  • Last updated: 03/25/2013
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