I recently had the opportunity to tour the UNC Children’s Hospital and learned so much about the facility. I’m no stranger when it comes to UNC Children’s Hospital. My youngest son was hospitalized as an infant and we spent a week in there. Our preferred primary care physicians are at UNC Pediatrics. My youngest son was born with asthma, eczema along with food and environmental allergies. He also has a fragile immune system and has a history of picking up germs, viruses and bacteria he’s exposed to.
UNC Pediatrics knows us very well and we’ve been to the UNC Children’s Emergency Department for one reason or another; I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour specific units and meet the Doctors and Surgeons at UNC Children’s Hospital. Let me share MY top ten reasons why they are the BEST pediatric hospital. I can also speak on this first hand as a MOM who has experienced their compassion and care with a sick child.
• UNC Children’s Hospital has the only 24 hour Children’s Emergency Department with Pediatric Physicians. They have the largest pediatric specialty clinic in the state of North Carolina.
• It’s the largest pediatric surgical sight in North Carolina State with roughly 140 nurses on staff.
• There are NO visiting hours. Open 24/7 to parents so they can be with their children. I remember staying with my son the entire time he was admitted. I wasn’t going to leave him!
• The Pediatric Pain & Sedation (Anesthesia) is the best in state with thirteen people on the team.
• There are Child Life Specialists on site to assist with patient and parent communication and support. It’s meant to engage the child and minimize their stress level.
• There is a NICU (New Born Intensive Care Unit) with 48 pods. Babies born as early as 22 wks. are being cared for at the UNC Children’s Hospital NICU.
• There is a March of Dimes Family Support Specialist on site to assist with resources and support the family. I was able to visit the NICU and I was so surprised that it was quiet! Not one baby was crying!
• There is a PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) with 20 beds. Parents can stay with their children. I absolutely love that about UNC Children’s Hospital.
• There is a Hospital School on the premises for children that have been admitted so they don’t fall behind in their course work. The school is accredited and has teachers to work with patients.
• There is also the Robbie Page Play Atrium (with such a good view) and Jason Clark teen activity center on the premises for patients to enjoy. Organizations like the NC Zoo also visit the hospital.
In the coming months I will share more amazing things about UNC Children’s Hospital. I’ve joined some amazing moms to participate in the UNC Children’s Hospital Influencer Advisory Board.