Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Children's Center for Specialized Care?
The Children's Center is a unit within Whittier Hospital that has
been designed to care for children who are too ill or technologically
dependent to receive care at home. Our patients demand 24/7 care. This
unit is typically classified as a Pediatric Sub-Acute Unit.
Q: What types of medical conditions are used to determine admission?
A wide range of diagnoses and medical conditions such as birth abnormalities,
coma, congenital diseases, GT Tube dependent, developmental disabilities,
diabetes, neuromuscular degenerative conditions, prematurity, respiratory
diseases, spinal cord and head injuries, tracheotomy care and ventilator
Q: Who takes care of the children in the Center?
Our treatment teams consist of specially-trained pediatric sub-acute specialists,
including RNs, pediatric nurse assistants, respiratory, occupational and
physical therapists, social workers, and child-life specialists. In addition,
we have special education teachers as well as language and speech pathologists.
Our medical team is comprised of pediatric long term specialists who consult
with the team as necessary under the direction of our medical director
who is board certified in pediatrics and critical care.
Q: Do you prepare a treatment plan for my child?
Yes. After we visit with the child and family and our medical team, we
will prepare an individual health care plan to address each child's
specific problems and requirements. The team meets regularly to review
the treatment plan and to evaluate each child's progress, making adjustments
Q: How much attention will my child receive?
We treat each patient like they were our own and share this passion with
our families and peers. We believe each child is unique and is care for
as unique individuals. Our treatment for each child is highly specialized
for each child's medical, personal and emotional needs. We also believe
the family plays the most significant role in the treatment team to achieve
the maximum medical and emotional potential for the child.
Q: Is the Children's Center a dedicated unit of the hospital?
A: Yes. Our patient environment is designed for children, with brightly colored
rooms, advanced group work spaces and a pleasant home-like setting. Colorful
artwork, a private outdoor play area and other environmental stimulation
encourage our patients to participate in activities to the extent they
are able. The fact that our unit is within an acute care hospital allows
us to access acute care services as necessary, providing an extra level
of comfort for the family.
For more information or if your questions haven't been answered, please
contact the Director of the Peds Sub Acute Unit by calling 562.907.1791
or the Social Services office at 562.907.1621