I recently had the opportunity to tour the UNC Childrenâ€™s Hospital and learned so much about the facility. Iâ€™m no stranger when it comes to UNC Childrenâ€™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 heâ€™s exposed to.
UNC Pediatrics knows us very well and weâ€™ve been to the UNC Childrenâ€™s Emergency Department for one reason or another; I wouldnâ€™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 Childrenâ€™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.
â€¢ UNC Childrenâ€™s Hospital has the only 24 hour Childrenâ€™s Emergency Department with Pediatric Physicians. They have the largest pediatric specialty clinic in the state of North Carolina.
â€¢ Itâ€™s the largest pediatric surgical sight in North Carolina State with roughly 140 nurses on staff.
â€¢ 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 wasnâ€™t going to leave him!
â€¢ The Pediatric Pain & Sedation (Anesthesia) is the best in state with thirteen people on the team.
â€¢ There are Child Life Specialists on site to assist with patient and parent communication and support. Itâ€™s meant to engage the child and minimize their stress level.
â€¢ 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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital NICU.
â€¢ 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!
â€¢ There is a PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) with 20 beds. Parents can stay with their children. I absolutely love that about UNC Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
â€¢ There is a Hospital School on the premises for children that have been admitted so they donâ€™t fall behind in their course work. The school is accredited and has teachers to work with patients.
â€¢ 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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Iâ€™ve joined some amazing moms to participate in the UNC Childrenâ€™s Hospital Influencer Advisory Board.