Having a child in the hospital can be an anxious and overwhelming experience for both the patient and family. At L+M Hospital, our Pediatric Services team strives to give our pediatric patients and families the safest, friendliest, most compassionate, and highly competent care in the region.
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Patient and Family-Centered Care
Patient and family-centered care is a delivery of care that recognizes the significance of the families in their children’s lives. The belief that parents are partners in caring for their child is central to how we take care of our youngest patients. We continually strive to be responsive to the needs of our pediatric patients and families and make the hospital experience more satisfying for all.
Child Life Services
Whether this is your child’s first visit to the hospital or one of many; hospitalization can be scary for both children and families. Our Child Life Coordinator is a child development and family studies trained professional with expertise in helping children and families cope with the hospital experience.
Through the use of play, preparation for procedures, and emotional support, the goal of Child Life services is to decrease the stress of the hospital environment and promote a positive hospital stay.
At the Hospital, L+M pediatric care is designed to provide a unique level of care for all patients younger than 18 years of age. Together with families, community pediatricians and specialists, our pediatric doctors and specially-trained pediatric nurses ensure that each child receives compassionate and expert care close to home.
Attending Physician or Pediatric Hospitalist: Both terms refer to a licensed MD who admits your child to L+M Hospital, coordinates your child's overall care and communicates with your child's hospital team and the pediatrician or family physician. The Pediatric Hospitalist and other specially-trained staff provide on-site 24-hour care for your child in the hospital.
- Pediatric Program Medical Director
- Pediatric Hospitalists
- Nursing Leadership
- Patient Care Manager: Katie Van Dyke, MSN, APRN, IBCLC
Your Child's Stay in the Hospital
Our Pediatric Hospitalists are Yale School of Medicine physicians who specialize in the care of children requiring inpatient treatment. They are onsite 24/7 to manage all pediatric admissions. They work closely with emergency room physicians, attend deliveries and co-manage both infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and surgical patients admitted to the pediatric unit.
A cornerstone of the Pediatric Inpatient Program is good communication and shared care with the primary care physician. The child's primary care provider is invited to join the inpatient pediatric team for Family Centered Rounds, at the bedside each morning.
The team informs primary care providers of a patient's admission and discharge from the hospital. Also, assists with the coordination of subspecialty follow-up appointments and other outpatient services.
Pediatric Emergency Care Program
L+M is the only hospital in Southeastern Connecticut that offers a distinct Pediatric Emergency Care Program. Staffed by physicians fellowship-trained in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric-trained nurses, the program provides ER care specifically for infants and children up to the age of 18 years of age.
The Pediatric ER is located at L+M's main Emergency Department, Faire Harbour Entrance in New London. It is open Daily from 3:00-11:00PM.
If it is before 3:00 or after 11:00pm, bring your child to our main emergency room, which offers emergent care for patients of all ages by our board-certified, emergency medicine physicians. One of our Pediatric Hospitalists will work closely with our ER physician to ensure your child receives a pediatric consult if needed.
This program assists uninsured, pregnant women and their children up to age 24 months, to access insurance and prenatal care. For information or to make an appointment, contact Jessica Resto at 860.442.0711, ext. 2486.
This is a state-wide program that assists first-time parents with the challenges of parenthood and through the development of their baby. The program engages and supports parents before their first child is born through home visits, group-based parent education, information and other support. Contact Jill Larson at 860.442.0711, ext. 2457 for more information.