Inpatient Hospital

Our modern inpatient Hospital features spacious patient rooms to accommodate the latest medical technology and accommodations for a parent to stay at the bedside.

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Theresa King, BSN, RN, CCM, Admissions Care Manager

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About Our Department

Our 56,000 square-foot inpatient Hospital accommodates 94 patients and includes a 46-bed Infant & Toddler and Post Neonatal/Post-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for medically fragile patients, many of whom require weaning from mechanical ventilation. A 30-bed Pediatric & Adolescent Unit designed to meet the unique needs of older children and teens. The majority of our inpatient rooms are doubles, but are designed such that each child and family has plenty of unique space. We believe strongly in the power of socialization as part of the healing process for both the child and family.

The 18-bed Traumatic Brain Injury Unit is equipped with light-and sound-controlled rooms that this population requires for recovery, as well as dedicated space for occupational, physical and speech therapy right on the Unit that allows for a gradual transition to the larger Hospital environment.

The inpatient Hospital also features limited positive pressure isolation rooms, with adjoining anterooms for increased protection against infection for patients with compromised immune systems. This enables us to get needed rehabilitation services underway quickly while a child continues with treatment.

A microwave and refrigerator are available for patient and family use on each unit.

Dedicated pediatricians and pediatric hospitals provide 24/7 medical care while the child is in the Hospital, coordinate the services of the other subspecialties, and supervise the discharge planning process. Family and pediatric nurse practitioners are assigned to the Hospital’s units, as well as our highly experienced nursing staff. 

Inpatient Hospital Lead Contacts

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Stephen Leinenweber, MD, FAAP

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

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Tracy Lawrence - Black, MD, MD MPH, FAAP, FRCPS(C)

Medical Director of Inpatient Pediatrics

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Arleen Ott, MSN, RN, CPN

Nursing Director, Infant and Toddler Unit

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Kara Dyer, RN, MSN, CCRN

Nursing Director of Pediatric, Adolescent & Traumatic Brain Injury Unit

Treatments We Support

With the only dedicated post-acute pediatric brain injury unit in New York State - specifically constructed to treat children and adolescents with brain injuries - and our expertly trained clinical team, Blythedale is uniquely positioned to provide the best environment for recovery.

As technology continues to advance, children with special needs are becoming increasingly more integrated into the world around them. Blythedale's comprehensive Assistive Technology program, one of only a few such programs in New York State, is opening doors for these children.

Blythedale is the only specialty children’s hospital in New York State with the capability of providing the highest level of medical care and rehabilitation for children recovering from complex medical conditions, including childhood cancers.

Blythedale’s commitment to the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care, and ongoing integration of the newest cardiac support technologies for medically fragile children, is evident in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

As an expert in helping medically fragile children achieve their highest potential, Blythedale is well-suited to help transition a child with multiple complex chronic conditions from hospital to home.

For children recovering from multiple traumatic injuries, extensive orthopedic surgery or complex surgery, Blythedale offers a highly specialized, integrated approach to care.

Blythedale is a center of excellence in treating children with complex burns and wounds. The goal of the complex wound rehabilitation team is to obtain maximum autonomy and functionality while maintaining the optimal integrity of the healing wound or grafts with scar control.

Blythedale is widely recognized as a leader in treating children with rare conditions, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders including muscular dystrophy and other myopathies, neuropathies, motor neuron diseases and neuromuscular junction disorders as well as complex genetic syndromes.

Blythedale has a commitment to achieving the best outcomes for infants coming for intensive rehabilitation following Neonatal Intensive Care stays. With a staff of full-time neonatologists overseeing the care our infants, and the addition of neonatal fellows, Blythedale continues to push the boundaries of what post-acute neonatal care can provide to medically fragile infants.

At Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, pediatric attending staff supports infants, children and adolescents prior to and following complicated transplant procedures including heart, liver, kidney, bowel, and even multi-organ transplants.

Pulmonary hypertension is relatively rare, occurring in only two children per one million. Despite its low occurrence, Blythedale treated 30 children with pulmonary hypertension last year.

Blythedale’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is widely recognized as a national center of excellence due to the Hospital’s extraordinary success weaning fragile infants and children from respiratory support machines for an improved quality of life. Our parent training programs help ensure that caregivers are both confident and competent in caring for their child.

As the only pediatric specialty hospital in New York State, Blythedale Children’s Hospital has the ability to evaluate and treat complex feeding difficulties in children with a team of pediatric specialists who work exclusively with medically fragile children.