Our Pediatric Unit
Mercy Medical Center's state-of-the-art Pediatric Unit is dedicated to the care of children from newborns to teens. In the electronically secured, 12-bed unit, each room is equipped with a DVD and VHS system as well as Internet connections. Parents are encouraged to room-in with their children. They are provided with amenities such as bedside sleep chairs, showers and meals so they can continue to provide the love and comfort that a child needs when he or she is sick.
When hospitalization is required, parents can take comfort in knowing that Mercy's Pediatric Unit and outstanding Level II Special Care Nursery provide expert, compassionate care for infants, children and their families. In fact, the entire ninth floor of the hospital is dedicated exclusively for family-centered childbirth and children's services.
Call 712-279-2220 for more information or a tour of Mercy's Pediatric Unit.
Mercy's pediatric nurses are specially trained and certified in pediatric advanced life support. Children who have been in accidents, need surgery or require hospitalization because they are ill are cared for using specialized equipment - whether their diagnosis is simple or complex. Our nurses provide special support for breastfeeding moms to enable them to continue providing this important nutrient and nurturance for their hospitalized infant or toddler.
Dietitians are available to assess your child's nutritional needs. A staff of social workers provides assistance with any concerns or special family needs. Our pastoral care department is available 24 hours a day for spiritual comfort and care.
We know that family and friends are important to a child's recovery. That's why we offer open visitation for those the family feels is important for their child to see, including siblings.
Mercy's surgical services department provides a wide range of services for children in a child-friendly environment. Services include ear, nose and throat surgeries, urology procedures, general surgery and ophthalmology procedures. Parents may accompany their child, who rides in a wagon to the surgical suite. Our Level II Trauma Center also provides life-saving trauma care for children and adolescents.
Home Care Services
Mercy's Home Care staff provides special services for children in their own home. These services include skilled nursing, phototherapy, intravenous therapy and respite services.
Mercy offers several other children's support services: