Pediatrics and Children’s Services
In the Event of an Emergency
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.
If your child is admitted to St. Mary’s
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.
Children’s Specialty Services Outpatient Clinic
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:
- General Surgery
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.
St. Mary’s Outpatient Pediatric Services Available
- Surgical services. Outpatient and inpatient surgery are available for a wide range of pediatric health care needs, including ear tubes, hernia repair, orthopedic corrections and more.
- Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language therapy, all tailored to the special needs of children. Services are provided at St. Mary’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at The Exchange, 2470 Daniells Bridge Road. A physician order is required. For more information call 706.389.2950 or click here.
- Diabetes Education. One-on-one counseling for children with Type I and Type II diabetes and for their parents and caregivers. Teens and parents of children with diabetes may also take advantage of St. Mary’s regular Diabetes Education classes. A physician order is required. To contact our Diabetes Education department, call 706.389.2150. For class dates and times, click here.
- Home Hospice. All hospice services that are available for adults are available for children, too, including nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, pastoral care, social work services, volunteer assistance, and home health aides. In addition, St. Mary’s Hospice House provides care to children in the hospice program who can no longer remain at home. For information call 706.389.2273 or click here.