Pediatric and Family Care

Care for the Whole Family

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Pediatrics Department is a team of nationally and internationally known pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric surgeons who offer a wide range of medical and surgical services to children—neonates, children, and adolescents up to age 20.

Our patients travel from all across the world because they know that our pediatrics teams maintain an environment of care—one that supports our patients and families to take an active role in every day care decisions. We know that family and friends can be the most important aspect of the healing process, so we provide a comfortable, healing environment with a number of features to help children cope with hospitalization.

Take a look at the hospital and patient information available on these pages; once you see what MedStar Georgetown pediatrics has to offer, please don’t hesitate to call to schedule an appointment, ask a question, or provide feedback.

General Pediatric Unit

Our pediatric inpatient unit is a 33-bed facility staffed with very experienced pediatric nurses. In fact, our nursing staff has been awarded the prestigious Magnet Recognition Award and our NICU staff was awarded the Advanced Nursing Unit-of-the-Year award for the Baltimore-Washington area.

The full spectrum of medical and surgical services available at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is available in our pediatric units, and a broad range of child–centered services are available for the hospitalized child, including:

Patients admitted to the pediatric inpatient unit are cared for by three separate teams of doctors, depending on their condition:

  • Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists
  • Pediatric Transplant Specialists
  • Pediatric Hospitalists (a specialized group of pediatricians dedicated to caring for hospitalized children while maintaining continuity through communication with the primary care pediatrician)

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The PICU at Georgetown University’s Children’s Medical Center (GUCMC) is a multidisciplinary 18-bed unit that provides care for critically ill children under age 21. The unit is supported by the full spectrum of medical and surgical services available at GUCMC. Recent additions to these services include the pediatric liver and bowel transplant, as well as the pediatric epilepsy surgery programs.

In our PICU, five pediatric intensivists supervise the highest level of care for critically ill medical and surgical patients; at least one of these intensivists is available for advice or referral 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To initiate a transport or consultation, referring physicians should page the on-call pediatric intensivist at 202-405-PICU (7428), who will remain in contact with all referring physicians to provide updates on their patients’ progress. We guarantee a rapid response to calls and brief turnaround time for transport if referral is needed.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

At our NICU, we want you and your baby to be a family while your baby is in our care, so we encourage you to participate in your baby's care and be an active member of our team—please ask us anything regarding your baby.

The NICU has one family bathroom with a shower, as well as two parent rooms equipped with a sofa bed and intended for short-term use. Mothers who come to visit may use the room to rest between infant care times or to pump breast milk.

For more specific information on NICU visitors, feedings, phone calls, or other logistics, visit neonatology at MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics.

Playroom

Our unique playroom was carefully designed for children and stocked with books, arts and crafts projects, video games, and board games. The playroom is a safe zone where no medical procedures and white coats of any kind are prohibited. Certified Child Life Specialists and volunteers staff our playroom but also are able to bring any activity to the bedside.

Family Lounge

The family lounge is located right off of the elevators and serves families and visitors of pediatric patients. Our goal is to provide a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere respectful of the privacy needs of each family. Amenities for families include

  • DirectTV channels
  • The Get Well Network, an interactive television system available in every room that gives you access to the internet, movies, entertainment, education, and information about hospitalization.
  • Wireless Internet connection, as well as an available computer
  • Refrigerator and microwave for patient and family use
  • Laundry machines

For more specific information on amenities, visiting hours, staying with your child, etc., please reach give us a call.

You can learn more about patient and visitor information for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Social Work Services

Raising a child takes an enormous amount of time, patience, love, and support. When the normal progression of a child's growth and development is disrupted by a medical condition or crisis, everyday life may become even more challenging. At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, licensed clinical social workers are an integral part of the health care team, helping patients and their families cope with the emotional, mental, and social challenges resulting from an acute or chronic illness or disability.

They are able to:

  • Conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments of patients and their families
  • Provide support with the emotional stress of hospitalization
  • Offer adjustment to illness counseling and information
  • Make referrals to appropriate community agencies
  • Collaborate with the in-hospital Medicaid office to help families apply for medical benefits
  • Coordinate family meetings with the health care team
  • Intervene in crisis situations
  • Facilitate communication with your child's school on matters related to their medical condition
  • Write letters of verification for schools or employers
  • Assess in situations of abuse and neglect and liaise with the appropriate agencies
  • Assist with grief, loss, and bereavement
  • Work closely with the pediatric case manager to create discharge plans
  • Facilitate support groups

 

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics, please call our scheduling line.

Phone: 855-546-0595

Ways to Give

Thank you very much for your interest in supporting MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Department of Pediatrics' efforts to continually provide world-class healthcare and service to our patients and their families.

All gifts are tax deductible.