A Multidisciplinary Team to Care For Your Child

Mary Bridge doctor and baby

At Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network, your child is cared for by a team of pediatric experts — doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who work together to provide your child with the right care for their illness, injury or condition.

Below is an overview of some of the pediatric professionals who may be part of your child's care team at Mary Bridge.

An Anesthesiologist provides medication to children so they are asleep and/or pain-free during operations or other procedures.

Through Pastoral Care, all patients and families can meet with a non-denominational hospital chaplain for counseling and spiritual support. Your own clergy is also welcome to visit at any time.

Child Life Specialists
Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the stress of hospitalization by providing play and other creative activities to meet treatment goals. They are available to assist you and your child in preparing for procedures, surgery or other treatments, and offer age-appropriate explanations of "what's happening" for your child every step of the way. Child Life Specialists work with children and families in the hospital, as well as in a number of our specialty clinics and services, such as surgical services, oncology and imaging.

Critical Care Physicians
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unity (PICU) team is directed by physicians, called Intensivists, who are Pediatric Critical Care Specialists. They are highly trained in the care of critically ill and injured children and practice exclusively at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. An Intensivist is in-house and attending the PICU 24 hours a day. The Intensivists work closely with your child's physicians and other health care professionals to direct and create the most effective plan of care for your child.

Doctors - Inpatient
Every child in the hospital has an Attending Physician who is the leader of your child's health care team. This may be your private physician, a surgeon, or another Mary Bridge doctor. The Attending Physician is responsible for the decisions regarding your child's care.

The Attending Physician supervises all the doctors (as listed below) who are involved in your child's care:

  • Residents are licensed physicians who are now receiving their specialty training.
  • Interns are residents in their first year of specialty training.
  • Medical Students come to Mary Bridge to learn about pediatrics. They may be observers on your child's health care team.

Doctors - Outpatient
All Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network providers are not only experts in their fields of medicine (primary care, emergency services, surgery, oncology, and so on) but they are specially trained in providing care for children. When your child needs ongoing care for an illness or condition, our specialists work together with your child's regular pediatrician, and with you, to create the most effective care plan for your child.

Health Unit Coordinators
Health Unit Coordinators manage telephone, intercom and computer tasks. They assist with hospital admissions and are available to help you find your way around while you are here at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.

IV Therapists
IV Therapists are specialized pediatric nurses who are experts trained to start intravenous lines and take blood samples.

Nurses are a critical part of your child's care team both at our hospital and at all our clinic locations.

  • Registered Nurse (RN)  plans and provides direct nursing care, patient/family education and counseling. If your child is at Mary Bridge Children's hospital, the RN is your child's direct care team leader and coordinates your child's care.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible for direct nursing care, medications, treatments and performing data collection.
  • Student Nurses/Nurse Techs come to Mary Bridge to learn about pediatrics. They are under the direct supervision of the RN and their clinical instructor as they care for your child.

Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapists work with children and their families on issues related to sensory-motor, self-care, and function both in the hospital and on an outpatient basis.

Patient Care Techs/Certified Nursing Assistants
Patient Care Techs and Certified Nursing Assistants help support your child's care when they are in the hospital. They provide basic physical care under the supervision of the RN.

Physical Therapists
Physical Therapists care for children who have a developmental, injury or illness-related disability. Their goal is to help patients return to their regular mobility, activities and level of independence.

Registered Dietitians
A Registered Dietitian (RD) assesses your child's specific nutritional needs and works closely with you and the medical team to assure that your child's nutritional goals for growth and healing are being met.

Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory Therapists have special training in the care of children with cardiopulmonary (heart/lung) complications. They perform therapeutic patient care procedures in our hospital, including ventilator care, airway care, administration of a variety of breathing medications, oxygen, and pulse oximetry.

Speech and Language Pathologists
Speech and Language Pathologists help children who have problems with swallowing, feeding and/or communication. Speech Therapists evaluate children's ability to understand what they hear, as well as their ability to express themselves, concentrate, remember and problem solve.

Social Workers
Social Workers help patients and families cope with sudden or long-term illness, trauma and hospitalization. They will also advocate on behalf of patients/families and assist you in understanding and contributing to your child's care plan. Mary Bridge Social Workers provide counseling, continuing support and referral to community agencies for basic needs such as food, shelter, or transportation. If your child is in the hospital, Social Workers are available seven days a week and may be accessed upon request by the patient, family or medical team.

Surgeons help diagnose problems in a child and then treat them with an operation or other procedure. Surgeons often specialize in a specific area such as Orthopedics (bones and joints), ENT (head and neck) or Cardiac (heart and blood vessels).

Volunteers assist with play activities while children are hospitalized. They are available to bring toys and games to the children, as well as to hold and rock babies and toddlers when parents need to take a break or cannot be at the bedside. To request a volunteer, ask your child's nurse for the next available volunteer. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, apply online or call 253-403-1005.