Caring for Children
Children are special, with their own set of emotional and healthcare needs. That’s why Lancaster General Hospital has an entire unit dedicated to the care of infants, children and young adults up to age 17. As the only hospital in Lancaster City with a dedicated pediatric unit, we have the experience to deliver advanced medical care with compassion and understanding for the special needs of children and their families.
For more information about the Lancaster General Health Pediatrics Unit, please call us at (717) 544-5331.
To find a Pediatrician, please call 888-LGH-INFO (4636) or click here to use our online search.
A Family-Friendly Environment
We understand that a hospital stay can be scary when you’re a child, so we created a pediatric unit that is cheerful and kid-friendly. Brightly colored artwork, family-friendly décor, and a staff that is specially trained in caring for children provide a comforting, healing atmosphere for the whole family.
Our inpatient pediatric unit has 13 private rooms and three semi-private rooms with televisions and free movies that can be ordered from your television. We also offer toys and books to help ease your child’s anxiety and make his or her stay more pleasant. Even our meal service is kid-friendly, with a host who personally visits each child to take food orders.
We want parents to feel comfortable, too, and we encourage your questions and participation in decisions regarding your child’s care.
Visitation for parents is unlimited and each room includes accommodations for one parent to spend the night. We also understand that sometimes other obligations make an overnight stay impossible. Not to worry—you can rest assured knowing that Lancaster General’s caring staff is here to care for your child’s every need.
Excellence in Inpatient Care
Children in our inpatient care unit receive round-the-clock care from our staff, which includes full-time hospitalists who are board-certified in pediatrics. A hospitalist is a physician who is dedicated to treating patients exclusively in a hospital setting. Our hospitalists collaborate with each child’s pediatrician or family physician to provide the highest level of medical care. Hospitalists are able to quickly identify any changes in their patient’s condition, make timely adjustments to their treatment plan and arrange for pediatric specialists and support services as needed.
Our pediatric nursing staff is quite special, too. They are specially trained in pediatric advanced life support and trauma care. Equally important: our nurses understand how to ease a child’s fears by explaining procedures in a simple way, and by giving a hug or caring hand to hold. Lancaster General Hospital has been designated as a Magnet Hospital since 2002, in recognition for excellence in nursing care. Magnet status is the highest honor bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is earned by less than 1 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
Special Care for Babies, Too
Lancaster General Health’s nearby Women & Babies Hospital houses Lancaster County’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Here, physicians and specially trained NICU nurses provide round-the-clock care for newborns who are sick or premature. Our NICU area includes a 29-bed specialized nursery, family sitting and visiting rooms, private breastfeeding areas and overnight accommodations for parents.
For more information about the Neonatal Intensive Care program at Women & Babies Hospital, please call (717) 544-0222.