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Pediatric Nursing at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

The nursing staff is committed to providing quality patient and family centered care to more than 20,000 infants, children and adolescents throughout Central New York annually. State-of-the-art nursing care is delivered throughout our inpatient, outpatient, pediatric emergency department and surgery center areas. A unique and extensive one-on-one orientation program is provided to new personnel.

Professional development is encouraged and sponsored by the department. This includes, but is not limited to, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), pediatric certification and other nationally recognized programs. Opportunity for career advancement and clinical nursing research is available.

Inpatient Services

General Pediatric Inpatient Unit

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital 21-bed medical pediatric unit provides care to infants, children and adolescents for treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disabilities and other complex medical issues covering the complete spectrum of pediatric care. This is also the site of the hospital's dedicated pediatric comprehensive epilepsy monitoring unit.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The PICU is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for infants, children and adolescents who become critically ill or injured. Conditions that commonly cause critical illness and injury include severe infection, poisoning, drug overdose, trauma, extensive surgery, congenital anomalies and immunological disorders. Care is provided by specially trained physicians, nurses and dedicated support staff.

The Pediatric Critical Care Transport program provides ICU-level care and stabilization to critically ill infants and children within a 17-county referral area throughout Central New York and parts of northern Pennsylvania. A team of specially trained pediatric critical care nurses and respiratory therapists, under the direction of a pediatric critical care physician, is on call 24 hours a day to transport critically ill children from their local community hospitals to the Pediatric ICU at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital for specialized care.

Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders

Upstate University Hospital is the only institution in the Central New York region to offer comprehensive pediatric services for children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders including leukemia, solid tumors, anemia, sickle cell anemia and hemophilia. The Autologous Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant Program was developed and implemented in 2001. The center is a member of the International Children's Oncology Group which is an organization for the advancement of childhood cancer treatment. The inpatient unit works in conjunction with our outpatient clinic area to assure quality consistent care is delivered to patients and families.

Pediatric Surgical Care Unit

The Nursing Patient care team on this 23-bed inpatient unit provides direct patient care to infants, children, and adolescents. The staff team members are specially trained in pediatric surgical care both pre-operatively and post-operatively. Common surgeries include ENT, orthopedic, trauma, urological, neurosurgery and general pediatric surgery.

Some of the surgical patient population can have complex care requirements that include central line care, pre-operative preparation, ostomy care, skin care, post-operative tubes, drains, burn care and wound care management. Registered Nurses, Health Care Technicians, Unit Clerks, RN Case Management and other disciplines function as a team to care for this patient population through patient and family centered care.

Pediatric Palliative Care Program

This program offers an opportunity for patient and families to receive additional services to meet their needs and goals when faced with a life-altering event. The program works in conjunction with their primary care team to support and treat pain and other symptoms caused by the disease. The team is multi-disciplinary including physicians, nurses, spiritual care counselors, social workers, and child life specialists.

Outpatient Services

University Pediatric and Adolescent Center

University Pediatric and Adolescent Center (UPAC) treats male and female patients from newborn to 18 years of age. The practice has a 19-county service area for primary and specialty pediatric health care. UPAC is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pediatric residents with attending consultation are available for on-call triage. University Pediatric and Adolescent Center provides acute, chronic, episodic, and primary care through the following programs:

  • Adoptive Health Services
  • General Pediatrics/Continuity Program
  • CARE: Child Abuse Referral & Evaluation
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Lead Resource Center
  • ENHANCE: Excellence in Healthcare for Abused and Neglected Children
  • AWARE Program: Adolescent Wellness through Assessment, Referrals and Education
  • International Child Health Program: Healthcare for Refugee Children

Pediatric Multi-Specialty Center

Pediatric Multi-specialty Services are comprised of pediatric subspecialty clinics and include the following: Rheumatology, Pulmonary, Brochopulmonary Dysplasia Clinic, High Technology Clinic for infants, children and young adults requiring ventilator or tracheostomy respiratory support, and the Robert C. Schwartz Cystic Fibrosis Center for Pediatric and Adult Patients. Patients range in age from newborn to 21 years and older for select clinics. These services use a multidisciplinary approach to family centered care. The overall goals of these services are to promote health and prevent secondary conditions. These goals are achieved through provision of individualized care, coordination of services and education of patients and families.

Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI)

Pediatric GI is an ambulatory based clinic that serves both the acutely and chronically ill child. Patient ages range from newborn to 18 years. Occasionally care is given to patients older than age 18 at the physician discretion because of developmental and physical conditions. Both medical and surgical services are provided within the scope of gastroenterology, and often in collaboration with the following specialties but not inclusive of the following: Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Endocrinology. Pediatric GI also services consults from the pediatric inpatient units at both University and Crouse Hospitals.

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery is an ambulatory based clinic that serves both the acutely and chronically ill child. Patient ages range from newborn to 16 years. Patients may require a surgical procedure and often these services are in collaboration with the following specialties but not inclusive of the following: Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric GI and Pediatric Endocrinology. The patient is referred to The Olivia Louise Pietrafesa Center for Children's surgery for their surgical procedure.

Center for Development, Behavior and Genetics

The Pediatric Neuro-developmental Center offers interdisciplinary health care for infants, children and adults and includes Child Development, Spina Bifida, Metabolic Genetics, Physical Disabilities, Autism and Down Syndrome.

MLW Developmental Evaluation Center (DEC)

The Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center serves children at risk for — or with — developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, etc. The MLW/DEC has a particular focus on children with complex developmental problems such as pervasive developmental disorders/autism.

Upstate Pediatrics

Upstate Pediatrics is a hospital based primary care site located in Baldwinsville, NY. Upstate Pediatrics treats children from newborn to 21 years of age, including low income patients. We provide acute, chronic, episodic and primary care to General Pediatric patints in a 5 county service area. We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. On-call triage is provided by Upstate Connect RNs with attending consultation as needed.

Pediatric Urology

Pediatric Urology is an ambulatory based clinic that serves both the acutely and chronically ill child. Patient ages range from newborn to 18 years. Both medical and surgical services are provided within the scope of urology. A wide range of services are offered with a focus on minimally invasive surgery, congenital diseases of the genitourinary tract, urinary tract reconstruction and spina bifida.

The Center for Children's Surgery offers surgical services for children from birth to 18 years and is designed to be child—and family—friendly. We perform approximately 4,900 operative procedures a year in five state-of-the-art Operating Rooms and one OR/Procedural Room.

Services represented include: Orthopedic, Neurosurgery, ENT, Thoracic, GU, GYN and General Surgery. Teams work with leading-edge technology including endoscopic neurosurgery, cranio-facial surgery and laparoscopy. The vast majority of services related to pediatric surgery are concentrated within the Center, minimizing intra-hospital travel.

At the Center for Children's Surgery (CCS), we know that when it comes to surgery, children are not just small adults, but need gentle and special care. The pediatric surgery team provides high-quality, compassionate and family-centered care for infants, children and adolescents.

The CCS has a 15-bed pre/post procedural care unit with seven acute recovery room slots. The pre/post care area individualizes each patient's care experience. Parents are encouraged to play a constant and active role in their child's experience at Upstate University Hospital. Parents frequently accompany their child into the Operating Room for induction to decrease the anxiety of the child and to make the experience less traumatic.

The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is proud to have this child-only surgical center. The CCS at Upstate University Hospital is located on the 3rd floor of Upstate University Hospital. The Center reflects the high degree of specialization in pediatric surgery at Upstate and is staffed by specially trained Nurses, Surgical Technicians, Child Life Specialists and Physicians who are dedicated to the care of children.