If your child needs urgent care, St. Mary’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is and attuned to the needs of children, from staff trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support to IV needles specially made to work in a child’s small blood vessels.
Parents and guardians are welcome 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We encourage one parent to “room in” with your child to increase your child’s comfort and ease your anxiety. We also provide a complementary meal for you at mealtimes if you choose to stay with your child. Other adults can visit between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Siblings and other children under the age of 14 should visit only with permission from your child’s physician and the nursing staff. Family members may not accompany children into surgery, but may stay with their child before surgery and during post-anesthesia recovery.
Staff members and specialists are dedicated to working with your child’s physicians to provide compassionate, age-appropriate care in a friendly healing environment. St. Mary’s staff understands how upsetting a hospital visit can be to your child – and to you – and works to communicate clearly and calmly, to control pain, and to give comfort and reassurance to both your child and you.
The Children's Specialty Services clinic is located on the property of St. Mary's Hospital, just behind the hospital, with its own parking area. Serving more than 2,000 children a year, this clinic brings some of the state’s leading experts in pediatric medicine to Athens, so parents and their children don’t have to drive to Atlanta or Augusta for important consultations.
The service is doubly convenient because it is located on the St. Mary’s campus, so if your child needs additional testing, you can simply walk the few steps to St. Mary’s Hospital and have testing done in-house the same day.
Specialized physicians practice at the clinic on a rotating basis, seeing children referred to them by local pediatricians, family practitioners and other specialists. They provide care in pediatric subspecialties such as:
If your child has an illness or condition that is appropriate for treatment by our rotating staff of specialists, ask your child’s physician for a referral. For more information about St. Mary's Children’s Specialty Services, please call us at 706.389.2800 or fax 706.389.2801.
One-on-one counseling for children with Type I and Type II diabetes and for their parents and caregivers is also available at the Children's Specialty Services Outpatient Clinic. Teens and parents of children with diabetes may take advantage of St. Mary’s regular Diabetes Education classes. PLEASE NOTE: A physician order is required. To contact our Diabetes Education Department for class dates and times, call 706.389.2150.