The Care Team
As a patient at Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital and its affiliated services, your child may see many caregivers. You and your child may see some of them at appointments, and some of them only if your child is admitted to the hospital. Here are the caregivers you and your child may see, and what they do to help your child get better.
If a physician on your care team is board-certified, he or she chose to obtain an additional credential after medical school and residency training. Board-certified physicians have completed additional education and passed an examination to earn this credential. If one of your caregivers is fellowship-trained, the physician has had additional training in a particular area of interest.
Child/adolescent psychiatrist: This medical doctor (MD) specializes in caring for emotional and behavioral problems in infants, children and adolescents through psychotherapy and prescribing medications.
Child-life specialist: This specialist works to reduce stress and anxiety while kids are in the hospital. A child-life specialist can help in a variety of ways, helping kids deal with everything from getting blood drawn to missing home and coping with a diagnosis of a serious illness. They give kids an opportunity to play, and offer comfort and the chance to talk about feelings.
Pediatric anesthesiologist: They administer medicine during surgery to help infants, children and adolescents relax and fall asleep. The anesthesiologist is present during an operation to watch over patients and make sure they have no pain. They also may be consulted to help with pain management in patients with pain problems outside the operating room.
Pediatric critical care physician: These specialists focus on children and adolescents whose conditions are life-threatening and who require comprehensive care and constant monitoring in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric endocrinologist: These doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions caused by hormone problems, such as diabetes and growth problems in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric gastroenterologist: These specialists focus on disorders of the digestive system and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver gallbladder and intestines in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric hospitalist: These doctors specialize in pediatrics and manage the care of infants, children and adolescents while hospitalized. Pediatric hospitalists will be in contact with your pediatrician or primary care physician while your child is hospitalized. Hospitalists don't have private practices, so their time is devoted to caring for hospitalized patients.
Pediatric infectious diseases specialist: These doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious and immunological diseases such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric occupational therapist: This professional works with kids to improve coordination, motor skills and skills to play, function in school and perform routine activities, like hand-eye coordination. Kids in occupational therapy may be coping with birth defects, autism, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, developmental delays, burns, amputations or severe injuries.
Pediatric respiratory therapist: This professional evaluates, treats and cares for kids with breathing problems and heart problems that also affect the lungs. Kids with obstructed airway passages may receive chest physiotherapy (exercises that move mucus out of the lungs to open airway passages) or inhaler medications that are breathed into the lungs.
Pediatric rheumatologist: These specialists focus on treating conditions and diseases affecting the joints, muscles and bones, as well as autoimmune diseases and conditions such as arthritis and lupus in infants, children and adolescents.
Pediatric speech-language therapist: This professional can work with patients who have problems speaking or swallowing, such as kids with developmental delays, hearing problems, neurological issues or birth defects like cleft palates.
Social worker: They focus on improving the emotional well-being of kids and their families and help coordinate care. In addition to offering emotional support, a social worker also can help facilitate improvements a child needs at school or at home.
You will see several other caregivers and support staff if you stay in one of our hospitals. Meet the members of our inpatient team and learn how they will help you.