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.
Families have the option of staying closer to home for care with high-risk pregnancies, multiple-births (like twins and triplets) or cases where prematurity is a concern. “Babies of any gestational age, from the tiniest newborn to full-term babies with complications, are able to get the specialized neonatal services they need, right here in Summerlin from a team of neonatal specialists,” said Marc Leitner, MD, Medical Director of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A physician with Pediatrix Medical Group, Dr. Leitner is board certified in neonatology and pediatrics.
The NICU unit mixes advanced care with comfort. “We provide family-centered care in a comfortable environment,” said Joanna Bacon, RN, Manager of The BirthPlace maternity unit. “The combination of private postpartum suites for moms and greater space surrounding NICU beds, means families have plenty of privacy and room to bond with their new baby, while those babies get the critical care they need.”
Summerlin Hospital offers an infant massage certification course to its maternity and NICU nurses. “There have been so many advances in technology that help us care for sick and premature babies that sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the human touch element of care,” said Bacon. “After taking this course, our nurses are able to comfort babies with massage, as well as show parents how to use this bonding technique to comfort their newborns.”
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."
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