The Children's Medical Center
The Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital provides advanced care to infants, children, adolescents and teenagers in the western suburbs of Las Vegas. Along with the general Pediatric Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and pediatric Emergency Room provide a broad array of advanced services—close to home.
The unit features an animal theme—from custom artwork in each of the unit’s 29 private patient suites that depicts a different animal in each room, to animatronic butterflies and dragonflies in the exam room, and an underwater scene in the playroom.
The 12-room PICU is the only one of its kind along the western beltway in Las Vegas. Here, kids who have a variety of potentially serious conditions are cared for by a highly trained team of pediatric intensive care specialists that monitors them throughout their stay—and provides advanced services typically unavailable on a general pediatric floor.
The PICU complements the other pediatric services at the Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital. Kids who come to the pediatric ER and need intensive care services, as well as those in the Pediatric Unit whose conditions worsen, can receive the advanced care they need in the PICU. The unit also holds some of the latest technology in caring for children, providing both general and intermediate levels of care.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Provides Advanced Care
A NICU, also known as a Level III Nursery, is the highest level of nursery care for newborns. Summerlin Hospital recently expanded its Level III NICU adding additional beds and advanced technology, to make it one of the largest NICUs in the state.
Your children don't have to wait with adult patients in the main ER. Instead, they see doctors and nurses who specialize in assessing, diagnosing and treating pediatric emergencies in a dedicated unit located within the main ER. The pediatric ER provides advanced emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a family-friendly environment.
"Kids aren't just little adults," said Joanna Bacon, RN, Administrative Director of Maternal Child Services at Summerlin Hospital. "And they may also be too young or sick to tell doctors and nurses what's wrong. That's where our dedicated pediatric services can make the difference."
Summerlin is the only hospital in the Valley to have Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) dedicated to the Emergency Department. They are trained to provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies to make the experience less stressful for patients and families.
A multidisciplinary pediatrics staff
- Physicians trained to care for pediatric emergencies
- Nursing staff trained in pediatric emergency nursing, neonatal intensive care, pediatric critical care and pediatric oncology
- Full-time pediatric pharmacist for medication dosing
A place designed just for children
- Safe, soothing décor with comfortable seating for families
- Private treatment rooms
- Distraction techniques include iPad® games, movies, bubbles, books
- Pain management methods such as creams that numb injection sites
- Age-appropriate language used when describing procedures
Pediatric Surgical Services
Pediatric surgeons from several specialties perform surgical procedures for children at Summerlin Hospital. Pediatric urologists, gastroenterologists, orthopedic surgeons, and ears, nose and throat specialists perform traditional surgery, as well as robotic, laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures. The hospital offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient procedures for pediatric patients.
Pediatric Respiratory Care
Children who have trouble breathing on their own or need advanced life support can get the life-saving care they need at the Children's Medical Center. The Respiratory Therapy Department at Summerlin Hospital offers pediatric respiratory therapy services to support the hospital's youngest patients.
Licensed respiratory therapy practitioners have completed specialized training so they can provide a high level of care to children who are in the acute stages of illness or injury. Respiratory therapists perform procedures at the bedside to assess the level of oxygen in a child's blood. These test help identify patients who may need breathing support, allow therapists to monitor and adjust therapy for those already receiving support and help manage children who are on ventilators or who have breathing tubes.
Pediatric Imaging Services
The Radiology Department at the hospital provides a wide range of imaging services for children, including X-rays, nuclear medicine studies, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound studies, which all help physicians diagnose conditions and monitor their patients' progress.