Pediatrics & Pediatric ICU
Providing Care for More Children Than Any Other Southwest Louisiana Hospital
At Memorial, our pediatric services, located on the 6th floor of our Oak
Park campus, treat more kids than any other hospital in Lake Charles.
With the only pediatric intensive care specialist, Memorial brings the
same extraordinary dedication, skill and expertise of our adult care to
children. Every pediatric registered nurse is certified in pediatric advanced
life support, and our emergency room caters to children’s emergencies
with board certified emergency physician coverage.
If your child has an immediate or long-term medical problem, you can take
comfort in knowing that Memorial’s pediatric unit is specially designed
and equipped to care for children requiring surgery or hospitalization
for acute or chronic conditions. Specially trained in the medical, emotional
and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents, the department’s
multidisciplinary staff provides comprehensive specialty care. For more
information, call Memorial’s Pediatric Department at (337) 494-3050.
PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit)
The only Level II Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southwest Louisiana
is on the 6th floor of our main campus. Memorial’s PICU provides
24-hour care by a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of the
area’s only board certified intensive care specialist, along with
board certified pediatricians and pediatric critical care nurses who provide
specialized care to critically ill children. Common conditions treated
include severe asthma, complications from diabetes, severe infection,
heart abnormalities or orthopedic accidents. The PICU also has the latest
in spacelab monitoring technology.
Whether it is surgery for an appendix, broken bone, hernia, gallbladder
or tonsils, Memorial’s board certified, general surgeons and specialists
offer the most common surgical services for children. Whenever possible,
your child’s surgeon will perform the surgical procedure using minimally
invasive laparoscopic or endoscopic techniques.
Memorial provides specialized care for children and adolescents with ongoing
chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure. We have a board certified
pediatric cardiologist and a board certified inpatient critical care specialist
on staff that coordinate the best possible care for conditions that require
lifelong treatment and frequent follow-up.
A child’s growing body creates special “kid only” health
issues for young bones and muscles. Memorial’s orthopedists handle
the common bone and joint injuries that befall otherwise healthy kids.
Our expert team also specializes in sports medicine for young athletes,
offering preventative and rehabilitative treatment of sports-related injuries.
For more information, call (337) 494-4900.
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Memorial’s emergency department
is equipped to handle your child’s everyday bumps and bruises, as
well as critical injuries and life-threatening conditions with expertise
and compassion. In the area’s largest ER, we offer kid-specific
emergency treatment by an experienced staff of board certified emergency
medicine physicians, family medicine residents, nurse practitioners, clinical
educators, and support personnel. Our Level III Trauma Team is the only
one in Southwest Louisiana. For more information, call Memorial’s
Emergency Department (337) 494-3036. If it is an emergency, call 911.
Utilizing state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment, our experienced team
of radiologists, nurses and radiologic technologists provide a complete
array of pediatric diagnostic services at Memorial. Our technology enables
referring physicians to have instant Internet access to the images and
reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call
Memorial’s Radiology Department at (337) 494-3070.
Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Memorial’s Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services, located at Archer
Institute on Nelson Road, are specifically designed to meet the mental
health needs of schoolaged children who are experiencing serious behavioral
disturbances. Upon admission, our interdisciplinary team completes a comprehensive
assessment of each patient to design an individualized plan that includes
the family’s involvement. To ensure academic success during treatment,
the child/adolescent program maintains a working relationship with local
school districts. Our program treats patients affected by a variety of
psychiatric illnesses, including depression disorders, bipolar disorders,
social withdrawal, self-destructive behaviors, thought disorders, substance
abuse, phobias and other anxiety disorders. For more information, call
Memorial’s Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services at (337) 480-7767.