The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hematology/Oncology Patient Suite specializes in the care of pediatric patients of all ages with medical illnesses, including those diagnosed with childhood cancers and blood disorders.
Hematology/Oncology specializes in the care of pediatric oncology (cancer) patients. Our pediatric oncology team headed by Kara Kelly, MD directs the diagnosis and treatment of patients with childhood cancer. Our child life specialists are experienced in addressing the special needs of our patient population, and in helping them cope during their hospitalization.
Our team of healthcare professionals believes in the importance of providing compassionate, family centered care in a respectful environment. As a result, each patient, parent and family member is invited to ask questions, make suggestions and offer comments about the care being given. We want to provide you with the medical information you need to make educated choices about your child’s care. If there is something you do not understand, please let us know so we can direct you to the person who can best answer your questions.
Typically, a registered nurse (RN) will be assigned to care for your child daily. You may also meet a nurse’s aide who will take your child’s vital signs and transport your child to and from tests or procedures. Nursing shifts are: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 7:30 a.m.
Your private pediatrician is involved with your child’s care while he/she is in the hospital and gives direction to the residents coordinating your child’s care.
Our residents are participating in a 3-year pediatric residency. A second or third year resident will oversee and coordinate your child’s care. In addition, a first year resident will be assigned to your child to take care of his/her daily needs.
You may see third or fourth year medical students who are studying the pediatric specialty.
Discharge planning begins at the time of admission and continues throughout your child’s hospital stay. Our discharge planner will arrange for any specific home care needs that your child may have.
Child Life Specialists
Emotional support and comfort are available to help you and your child with the following:
- Pre-admission hospital tours
- Teaching before procedures
- Support during medical procedures
- Activities at bedside
- Group activities in playroom
- Medical play
- Holiday/birthday celebrations
- Special guests and entertainment
Other services may include:
- Dietary/Nutrition Services
- Environmental Services (Housekeeping)
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Pastoral Care
- Respiratory Therapy
- Social Work
- Speech Therapy
We strive to meet all of your expectations, so please let us know if you have any special needs.