The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion
The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion is a unique 24-bed facility dedicated to the highly specialized needs of infants and children who require extended medical care and rehabilitation.
The Pavilion, which opened in 2016, serves children with complex medical needs, including those who require a longer period of time to be weaned from the ventilator, and premature infants with feeding difficulties, congenital conditions or neurological disorders.
Features of the new Pavilion include 11 double-bedded rooms and two single rooms, all with piped-in oxygen, a spacious dining and recreation area, dedicated therapy space, an infant play room and teen lounge. An attractive courtyard includes play areas, walking paths and sitting areas for residents and their families.
Children in the Pediatric Long Term Care Unit have access to education through the on-site Mount Pleasant-Blythedale School and the Developmental and Therapeutic Support Services department, and recreational programming on evenings, weekends and holidays.
Family involvement is a key component of care at Blythedale, and progress toward goals will be reviewed during periodic family conferences. An interdisciplinary approach to treatment is a hallmark of Blythedale, and each patient’s clinical care team will meet regularly to discuss the individualized plan from every perspective: medical, social, psychological and educational.
The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion Staff
The Pavilion is staffed by a full-time pediatrician who works in consultation with a variety of pediatric subspecialists including pediatric pulmonology, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pediatric neurology. The comprehensive team also include registered nurses, certified respiratory therapists, physical/occupational/speech therapists, recreational therapists, child psychologists, Child Life specialists and a dedicated social worker.
Pediatric Long Term Care... and Going Home
“Long-term care facility.” The term evokes images of frail elderly residents languishing in beds or slumped in wheelchairs in front of TVs, waiting for a certain end. But many don’t know that childhoods are spent there, too.