MARIETTA, Ga. — WellStar Kennestone Hospital recently opened a new inpatient pediatric unit in Marietta, Georgia. The 4,700-square-foot unit is staffed 24/7 exclusively by pediatric-trained caregivers including a team of pediatric hospitalists who remain on duty around the clock, pediatric nurses, pediatric respiratory therapists and a dedicated pediatric pharmacist.
The brightly colored, child-friendly space features 12 private patient rooms for overnight hospital stays, complete with artwork created by local elementary and middle school students. Parents are able to take time out in a dedicated family lounge, which offers refreshments, comfortable seating, computer areas for checking emails and a playroom for young visitors.
Additionally, patients will benefit from a central monitoring system in each exam room, enhanced security, ultraviolet filters for infection control and all pediatric-specific and pediatric friendly equipment.
The opening of the inpatient pediatric unit is part of WellStar’s strategic focus on expanding its level of services for the whole family. The unit opens on the heels of the launching orthopedic pediatric surgery at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. Kids benefit from pediatric specific low-dose imaging at WellStar Pediatric Center, which also has a rehabilitation area featuring aquatic physical therapy. Parents appreciate the ability to take kids who aren’t feeling well for after-hours care at the pediatric center, open evenings and weekends.