There are few more stressful situations for a parent than when a child is injured or ill and needs to be hospitalized. At those times, you want a highly competent doctor, but also someone who will treat you with kindness while your little one heals. The staff at Beaumont Children’s pride themselves on providing care with that extra level of compassion.
“We actually live out our mission – ‘advanced care for the ones who matter most'” says Dr. Brian Berman, pediatrician-in-chief at Beaumont Children’s, which is part of Beaumont Health. “Our patients are not numbers. They are real people with real feelings and real vulnerabilities, so we regard them and treat them as such.”
Beaumont Children’s is certified by the Children’s Hospital Association, which means it offers a full spectrum of care to the youngest patients. The Royal Oak campus is a Level I Trauma Center and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, which means they are equipped to handle nearly any traumatic injury. Facilities include a dedicated specialty inpatient pediatric unit at Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak and inpatient units at the Beaumont hospitals in Troy, Dearborn and Farmington Hills for children with less serious conditions. There are more than 400 general pediatricians and more than 80 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists available.
Beaumont Children’s bear out their philosophy of caring for the whole child and their whole family. The Children’s Miracle Network Garden hosts fun events, such as spa nights, movie nights and pajama parties for patients and their families. At the Ghesquiere Family Center for Children’s Surgery, children and their parents are made comfortable with a “river” floor, red wagons (or caring nurses) to transport little ones to surgery, and comfortable semi-private post-anesthesia areas with rocking chairs. Specialized pediatric emergency units in Royal Oak and Troy feature special programs and spaces just for children’s comfort.
“We think the physical environment helps support traditional healing by providing a setting that is soothing, comfortable and uplifting to the extent it can be,” says Berman. “It really, truly is specially adapted to children and children’s needs.”
The hospital system emphasizes a continuum of care, which means if your child needs to be seen in the pediatric emergency room or pediatric after-hours clinic, your regular pediatrician will be updated either by computer, phone or fax. If your child sees a Beaumont pediatrician, all the information is right there in the hospital’s common electronic medical records –no need for a frazzled and possibly sleep-deprived parent to remember the medications or procedures administered at the hospital.