Pediatric Specialty Care

Deer Run at PSC Point Pleasant

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BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED Deer Run at Point Pleasant is a 9 bed, beautifully renovated building, as an extension of the main Point Pleasant property. Deer Run was completely remodeled, and is an ideal setting for PSC children as a “stepping stone from hospital to home”.

PICTURESQUE, WARM & HOME-LIKE SETTING Located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Bucks County-Pediatric Specialty Care at Point Pleasant is conveniently centered between Trenton, NJ to the east, and the historic city of Philadelphia to the southwest. Bucks County is renowned equally for its lush rolling hills and its rich history, as well as its convenience to major roadways along the Northeast Corridor. We are situated on a bucolic, wooded 30-acre campus just above the Delaware River, off River Road (Rte. 32) in Pennsylvania.

PROXIMITY TO TOP HOSPITALS Within an hour’s drive from some of the world’s finest pediatric hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospital, and Children’s Specialized Hospitals in New Jersey.

TRANSPORTATION From River Road, patient families can easily connect to I-95 and to bridges into New Jersey; or, travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 343 Willow Grove and take Rte. 611 North, about 6 miles past Doylestown to our location To access via public transportation, take SEPTA regional rail (R5 line), SEPTA Route 55 bus, or the Greyhound bus, to Doylestown. Free shuttle service to our facility is available for families, by advance reservation.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Dear “Secret Santa”

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Pediatric Specialty Care has partnered with Elderwood Senior Living throughout Pennsylvania and New York for the 2019 Holiday season to implement a “Secret Santa” program. The Elderwood staff registered to be a Secret Santa, while the staff at six PSC locations helped over 160 children to “write” a Dear Secret Santa letter. Of those 160 children, their ages range from 10 months to age 19.

At PSC, we strive to ensure child experiences are as authentic as possible, regardless of any physical or medical challenges. The Programming staff and Child Life Specialists at PSC ensured all the children could express their wishes according to their individual abilities. Some looked at and chose pictures, some spoke their wishes while the staff wrote them out, some participated in crafts… each “wish” was recorded in a manner as unique as the children are. The PSC staff is so closely connected with the children, parents, and families on a daily basis, that they were able to express ideas for those children who couldn’t.

Another important aspect of the Secret Santa program? Ensuring the various beliefs and religions were recognized, honoring ALL traditions and values of PSC children and families.

For more information or to schedule a tour of one of our six PSC locations, contact us here pediatricspecialty.com or call 877.291.6535.


PSC Fall 2019 Highlights at our Communities

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Community and socialization are integral parts of daily life at PSC. Engaging the children, staff and families brings a sense of togetherness, tradition, routine, comfort and even hope amongst the daily challenge of medically fragile and technology dependent children.

PSC at Hopewell’s 2019 Fall Fest was held on October 12, 2019. The children were entertained with a Pumpkin Patch theme, including crafts, face painting, and pumpkin painting. Families joined in the fun, and everyone enjoyed the pumpkin chili, snacks and treats. The Hopewell team also celebrated Halloween by dressing the children in costumes, setting up “trick or treat” sensory stations, making a craft, watching Halloween movies, and providing treats for staff. The staff costume theme was “food”. PSC Hopewell staff and children also took a field trip to a local pumpkin patch and enjoyed a hayride.

PSC at Lancaster’s Fall 2019 has been an active one! The staff embraced the beautiful Fall weather, taking the children on field trips to the Lancaster Science Factory, Lake Tobias, local fairs, and local shows, just to name a few.

PSC at Philadelphia celebrated the Fall with a family celebration, including a performer, face painting, crafts, and a hay sensory table. The children were surrounded by friends and family, and everyone enjoyed a special lunch and cupcakes. These events are a wonderful opportunity for the PSC children and their siblings to bond. The Philadelphia team also held a Halloween Spooktacular! The dayroom was filled with sensory bins including Jell-O, spaghetti, foam, and kidney beans. The staff incorporated sensory activities with taste tests as a few children enjoyed Halloween cupcakes. Staff and children dressed in costumes and held a dance party with bubbles. Some children were able to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood/around the building. To finish off the day, the children made “dirt” pudding. The children also took a field trip to Peddlers village to see the scarecrow that they built. They took a ride on the carousel and spent time in the sensory area at Giggleberry fair. The children loved making wishes and throwing coins into the well, riding the carousel, and playing on the fire truck!

PSC at Point Pleasant celebrated Fall with apple picking at Solebury Orchards. The Point Pleasant team also hosted a Fall Festival, a magical day filled with a special visit from Mickey and Minnie.

To see more photos and learn more about PSC activities, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn Pages.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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PSC is a Proud Member of Pediatric Complex Care Association (PCCA)

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In Fall 2017, PSC Philadelphia had the privilege of hosting the 6th Annual Pediatric Complex Care Association Conference, held in downtown Philadelphia. PSC coordinated a tour of nearly 75 pediatric professionals from across the country, showcasing the Philadelphia community in East Falls. It was a wonderful opportunity to network, share the benefits of our PSC communities, and present PSC as an industry leader in terms of “from hospital to home” care for medically fragile and technology dependent children.

This year PSC is pleased to participate once again in the 8th Annual PCCA Conference. The conference brings together providers of care for children with medical complexity, including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners & Nurses, Pediatric Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational, Physical, Recreation & Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologists and Special Educators. It is two and a half days filled with excellent learning opportunities and valuable time to network with industry peers. Some highlights of this year’s learning objectives include 1.) Identifying values of data management in influencing quality and clinical outcomes, 2.) Recognizing what is needed for full assessment and what needs to be added to practice better care, and 3.) implementing new systems to improve care for children with medical complexity.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of our 6 Pennsylvania locations (our 7th is opening soon in Danville, PA), contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Sneak Peak – PSC introduces Medical Day Program in Danville, PA

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Pediatric Specialty Care is excited to announce a new pediatric medical day program in Danville, scheduled to open late Fall 2019. PSC Medical Day at Danville is a specially developed nursing program that meets the needs of medically fragile children, offering skilled nursing in a safe and nurturing environment, while promoting a child’s growth, development and socialization.

PSC Danville will support children with needs ranging from technology dependence of oxygen administration, feeding tubes, IVs, tracheostomy care and/or ventilator management to medication administration, diabetic protocols and seizure management. Children will receive care for up to 12 hours per day (6:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday), from a highly dedicated, consistent nursing team (including RNs, LPNs, child care workers; the Nursing ratio is 1:6; the Child Care worker ratio is 1:3). Children will enjoy developmentally and age appropriate activities and programs. PSC Medical Day at Danville welcomes children ages 6 weeks to Age 8. (For children older that age 8, please contact PSC’s Admissions team.) The space will blend the amenities of a traditional day care program – child-sized furnishings and accessories, gym space and a wheelchair accessible playground, with state-of-the-art medical equipment for technology dependent children.

In collaboration with the child’s primary care physician, an individualized care plan is developed for each child. Ongoing assessments and daily summaries enhance communication between PSC staff and parents/guardians. In addition, PSC Medical Day at Danville will have a Medical Director to provide program supervision and oversight. Meals are provided, including lunch and snacks, with accommodation as needed for special diets.

The services offered by PSC Medical Day are funded by insurance, both commercial plans and Medicaid. Services must be prescribed by the child’s primary care physician, and the child must be medically and/or technology dependent, and the child’s primary caretakers must be employed or attending school. PSC Medical Day is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center (PPECC).

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of PSC Medical Day at Danville (once the center is open) or one of PSC’s other 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/


Capturing Moments in Concrete – PSC Lancaster Construction

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As Lancaster underwent outside renovations, PSC captured the opportunity to add a creative touch by putting some of the children’s handprints and footprints in a stepping stone to be placed in the front walkway. Always striving to link activities together using themes and therapy with fine motor and cognitive skills, the PSC staff chose a favorite book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for this particular activity. This walkway artwork will welcome friends and family for years to come. A huge thank you to the PSC maintenance crew who made this happen, going above and beyond to ensure the concrete used was free of chemicals and safe for the children and staff to use. Working together to make special memories, while engaging the children in meaningful activities, our PSC teams are as special as the families we serve.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and schedule a tour of one of PSC’s 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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Make a Wish Foundation Grants Disney World Wish to PSC Child – Part 1 of 3 part Series

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Join PSC as we walk you through the journey of one special little boy, RB (name has been abbreviated to protect the identity of the minor child), who has stolen the heart of PSC staff over the time he has been with PSC.

RB was admitted to PSC on March 8, 2012 from the NICU in Palmetto Hospital, South Carolina. RB was transferred to PSC with the following diagnosis:
•Pentalogy of Cantrell
•Omphalocele
•Pulmonary Hypertension
•Ectopic Cordis
•Chronic Lung Disease
•17 q12 Duplication (mild to severe ranges of deformities; Speech/oral/Gross Motor delays and ASD)
•Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependency
•NG tube dependent
•Coded on his first Birthday, 3 days after admission

Clinical challenges aside, RB has blossomed over time, and today, RB is a very loving 8 year old boy, with a highly creative imagination. His “day-to-day antics will light up your world.” According to the progam specialists and recreational thereapists that work with RB regularly, have shared just how special RB is… “RB is the most inquisitive, gentle, kind, brilliant, curious little boy.”

Stay tuned as we share Part 2 of this “wishes really do come true” story.

To learn more about Make a Wish Foundation, visit wish.org/wishes

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and take a tour of one of PSC’s 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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PSC Team Steps Up their Game – 2019 TEAM Stepps Training across all sites

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Reflecting on 2019 as we enter into the 4th Quarter of the year. Stay tuned as we share highlights from 2019.

In January, PSC kicked off the year with a TEAM Stepps training. PSC staff from the various sites came together for a day and a half TEAM STEPPS Master Trainer training. TEAM STEPPS is a nationally recognized and powerful solution, developed by the Department of Defense’s Patient Safety program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. TEAM STEPPS is a teamwork system designed for healthcare professionals that improves patient safety and enhances communication and teamwork skills. The program is scientifically rooted in 20+ years of research and lessons. TEAM Stepps was launched and all PSC staff members were trained in it throughout the course of the year. Thank you to all the staff that helped pull this together, as well as those that participated.

To speak with the PSC Admissions Team and take a tour of one of PSC’s 6 Pennsylvania locations, contact 877-291-6535 or send us a message at http://pediatricspecialty.com/contact-us/

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Playground Visits are the Best!

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What child doesn’t love a great potato sack slide! The PSC Philadelphia kids went on a trip to Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia. It is free and only about 5 minutes from PSCF Philadelphia. They have an abundance of adapted playground equipment. One of the greatest gifts we can any child is the gift of learning through play. Here at PSC we take that role very seriously. Fresh air, fulfilling activities and fun times! It was a great August summer day!

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PSC Celebrates National Social Worker Month!

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Please join PSC and all our colleagues, families, children, doctors and staff in celebrating those special, unique individuals whose calling brought them to the field of Social Work. We applaud you! This month, and every month, we thank you for the support and care you give!
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