When hospitalization is necessary, we welcome the children and families
of our community to our Pediatric Unit, located at our Brunswick Campus.
Our staff wants to help in any way possible during a child’s hospital stay.
- When there are questions or concerns, we ask parents to please speak to
their child’s nurse, the team coordinator or charge nurse.
- When not seen in the rooms, these nurses can be reached through the main
pediatric nursing station.
Our Pediatric Unit is specially designed to care for children from infancy
through 17 years of age.
- Skilled nurses and staff, experienced in the care of infants, children
and adolescents, are on duty giving children comforting nursing care and
providing the medical care the doctor has ordered.
Hospitalization and medical procedures can be very anxiety provoking for
children and may lead to feelings of confusion, fear, and loss of control.
Knowing that a positive attitude, awareness level, and comfortable environment
can promote positive outcomes, Southeast Georgia Health System now has
a child life specialist on staff to ease children’s fears and clear
up misconceptions related to health care. The child life specialist is
on the Brunswick campus and provides services in the Pediatric Unit, Emergency
Care Center, Maternity, OR, Pre-op, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Radiology
and Lab. She also provides staff education and pre-operative tours on
the Camden Campus and is available for community presentations in both
Glynn and Camden counties. For more information on the Child Life Program
at Southeast Georgia Health System, contact Kerry Beth Griffin, R.N.,
clinical leader, Pediatrics, at 912-466-2434 or
email. For information on community presentations, please contact the marketing
department at 912-466-2140.
General Information About Our Pediatric Unit
We encourage parents to participate in their child’s care; this helps
make the hospital experience more pleasant and less frightening for the
child and also helps parents understand and explain what is being done
to help the child get well. We ask that a parent stay with their child,
especially if an infant, toddler or pre-schooler.
- We need parents to notify the nursing staff whenever a child will be left alone.
- We ask for a phone number where parents can be reached if they are not
on the unit.
- To reduce a child’s anxiety when parents are gone, we ask parents
to reassure the child, before leaving, by saying when they will return.
Nap and bedtime routines are observed for the children’s health
and comfort. Occasionally, medications and treatments are scheduled and
needed at specific times. This may require waking a child.
Favorite toys, games, comfort items and own clothing (pajamas) can provide
comfort, reassurance and helpful distraction to a sick or frightened child.
We encourage parents to bring these to their child.
Safety and security concerns for hospitalized infants and children
We will explain our safety program to parents in detail at admission, including
use of special electronic bracelets, alarms and cameras, but here are
a few important points:
- Allow only staff with proper hospital picture ID to remove a child from
their room for a test, exam or surgery. Parents will accompany them as
much as possible.
- Parents accompany their child for walks in the hall or trips to the playroom.
- Parents are to clearly identify with the nurse anyone else they may have
coming to sit with a child when they are gone.
- Rails on cribs must be kept up at all times.
- Side rails must be in an upright position at all times when a parent is
not directly beside a child.
To avoid exposure to other children with infections, we encourage parents
to keep their child in their own room
- For children with upper respiratory infections, fever, diarrhea, or a draining
wound, it is very necessary that they stay in their assigned room.
If siblings visit children on isolation, they must also stay in their assigned
room and are
not permitted in the playroom.
- Activities will be provided to children in isolation for in room use only.
- This keeps them from passing infections to other children.
Infants are special patients, requiring extra attention and care
- An infant will be fed according to their schedule or as the doctor orders.
- When feeding an infant formula, we ask that parents NEVER prop their infant’s bottle.
- We ask that parents and visitors not attend to any child other than their own.
- If another child on the unit is noticed to be in need of attention or help,
we ask that one of our staff be immediately notified.
Each Pediatric Unit patient room is equipped with:
TV & DVD players
- Televisions should be turned down or off by 8:30 p.m. so children may get
the rest needed for a good recovery.
- Remote control/nurse call system
A playroom with age appropriate toys and activities is available for our
Overnight visitors are limited to one per patient.
- A sleep chair or sofa bed is available in the child’s room.
- The staff will bring in bed linens for the parent spending the night.
- PlayStations are provided for patients over the age of eight in every room.
- Movies and games for PlayStations are also provided.
Children’s meals are served at about 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- A child may need their parents even more at mealtime since parents are
familiar with their eating habits.
- Soft drinks, ice cream and juices are available for our pediatric patients,
if permitted by their doctor-ordered diets.
- The hospital Cafeteria is located on the first floor.
- It is open to families and visitors from 7 a.m.until 6:45 p.m.
- Parents may bring food for themselves to the room but should not share
it with their child unless they know it is a food permitted.
In light of the national and state public health emergency related to
COVID-19, Southeast Georgia Health System is taking extra precautions to try to
minimize the spread of the illness in the community. The Health System
will institute tighter visitation restrictions at all hospitals and physician
practices until further notice:
Visitors are important to the hospitalized child. They make him/her feel
more secure while in an unfamiliar environment. However, for our young
patients’ health, treatments and recovery, we ask that you observe
the following policies:
- Visiting hours are 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
- We ask parents to help limit their child’s visitors to no more than
two at a time
- We also ask that visits be limited to no more than ½ an hour, unless
otherwise recommended by the doctor.
- We encourage parents to allow time for their child to rest and sleep after
a visit and before more visitors come.
- All visitors should be at least 12 years of age. (An infection control issue)
- Parents need to talk with the nurse or doctor if siblings under this age
want to visit.
A parent or guardian should stay with a young child at all times.
We find this really lessens the fears young children have being hospitalized.
After evening visiting hours end, one family member may remain overnight.
This comforts children and promotes a good night’s rest, which is
essential for recovery.
If a child is having surgery, parents may wait in the outpatient surgery
- Someone there will let them know as soon as their child is transported
to the recovery room.
When the doctor decides that a child may be discharged home, one of our
pediatric staff will assist the child and parents as they prepare to leave.
- They will review any special instructions needed to care for a child once home.
- They will give parents any prescriptions the doctor has written and review
important information about these medicines.
- They will arrange for someone to accompany the child to the car.
Remember the legal requirements for car safety seats in the state of Georgia.
- We request that parents have the appropriate infant, toddler or child booster
safety seat in the vehicle at the time of discharge.
A Few Final Thoughts
We appreciate parents’ help before, during and after a child’s
- We want parents to realize that we are personally and professionally committed
to their child and their recovery.
- If you know your child is going to be coming to our unit soon, we recommend
getting them prepared through use of the books and DVDs.
- We hope families will not wait until they get home to tell us if there
are problems with the care they have experienced on our unit.
- We encourage comments and concerns on the care their child is receiving
throughout the hospital stay.
- We welcome any suggestions and desire to correct problems as soon as they
occur so the hospital experience can be remembered in a positive way.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff with comments but especially speak to:
Pediatric Unit Charge Nurse: 912-466-1825
Pediatric Manager: 912-466-2499
Director, Women & Childrens: 912-466-4187
Pediatric Nurses’ Station: 912-466-2448
Healthy Partners Articles
Leap for Kids
Healthy Partners, Winter 2020
AJ Donohue would be proud. His name is now connected with a fundraising
campaign called Leap for Kids! to renovate the Southeast Georgia Health
System Brunswick Campus pediatric inpatient unit. In partnership with the
Health System Foundation
, the AJ Donohue Foundation will match every dollar donated to renovating
the pediatric unit — up to $100,000.