We are a 13-bed, secure pediatric unit including dedicated pediatric intensive care rooms. We provide care for children ranging in age from infancy through adolescence. We have a team of specially trained providers to care for your child comprised of physicians (including Montana’s only board-certified pediatric surgeon, a pediatric intensivist, & a pediatric pulmonologist), nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers.
We also have an inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit where we use video EEG (electroencephalogram) equipment to monitor and examine seizure activity in children.
We realize that going to the hospital for care can feel scary or overwhelming. We will do everything we can to make the experience the best it can be including creating a safe & comfortable environment as well as an inclusive approach to providing care. You are encouraged to ask questions at any time and be an active part of our team.
Some resources that might be helpful in talking to your child (or their siblings or peers) about going to the hospital include:
· Preschool: Franklin Goes to the Hospital, Paulette Bourgeois, Scholastic Paperbacks, 2000; Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Margaret & H.A. Rey; Little Critter: My Trip to the Hospital, Mercer Mayer, 2005.
· Preschool to Third Grade: When You're Sick or in the Hospital: Healing Help for Kids
Tom McGrath, Abbey Press, 2002; Do I have to Go to the Hospital?, Barron’s Educational Series, 2006.
· Third to Sixth Grade: Everything You Need to Know about Staying in the Hospital
Patricia J. Murphy, Rosen Publishing Group, 2000.
· Seventh Grade and Up: Coping with a Hospital Stay
Sharon Carter, Rosen Publishing Group, 2002.
· Adult: Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents
Nancy Keene and Rachel Prentice, Patient Centered Guides, 1999; Caregiver Resources at http://www.childlife.org/
Adapted from Seattle Children’s Resource Library