The unit will be staffed by a full-time pediatrician who will work in consultation with a variety of pediatric subspecialists including pediatric pulmonology, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric neurology, and pediatric gastroenterology. The comprehensive team will also include nurses, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational/speech therapists, psychologists, child life specialists, recreational therapists, and social workers.
Features of the new unit include 11 double-bedded rooms and two private 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 will have access to education (through the on-site Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School and Early Childhood Center), and recreational programming on evenings, weekends and holidays.
Family involvement is a key component of care at Blythedale, and progress toward goals (established upon admission) 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 every two weeks to discuss the individualized plan from every perspective: medical, social, psychological and educational.
For additional information, please contact the director of The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion, Maureen Desimone, at (914) 831-2582 or via email at email@example.com.