Pediatric Specialty Care

October 9-16 is National Case Management Week.

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October 9-16 is National Case Management Week. PSC would like to honor the dedication, compassion and patient care outcomes achieved by case managers across the health care continuum. The theme for this year is “Case Management: We Listen. We Care. We Lead.” How true that is! We appreciate all you do each and every day to ensure the best possible care for the children and families!

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Volunteering Speaks Volumes!

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The team at PSC Hopewell volunteering at the annual WDVE Rocks Children’s Radiothon at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh. One of the greatest opportunities our staff has OUTSIDE of the PSC communities is to be out in the community volunteering and fundraising for causes that are near and dear to our hearts!

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It takes a Village!

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At PSC, our clinical staffing model is one of the best. 

The clinical staffing includes :

Medical Director, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Registered Nurses, RN Supervisors, Respiratory Therapists, Dietician, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Nurse Technicians.

The Administrative & Support Services Team includes:

Administrators, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists/Recreational Therapists, Program Specialists, Transport Team

PSC is always in search of qualified, talented and dedicated employees to join our team. For information regarding employment, please contact hr@pediatricspecialty.com.

 

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Spotlight on Staff – Pediatric Pulmonologist

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img_3250-1At PSC, we care for children from birth to 21 years old, and have a trained team of experts in the field of pediatric breathing and lung diseases.  A pediatric pulmonologist has had a minimum of 4 years of medical school, three years of pediatric residency training, minimum of 3 years of fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology, and a certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and the subspecialty of pediatric pulmonology

Pulmonology conditions in children may include:

  • Recurring pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
  • Asthma (chronic inflammation of the airways)
  • Cystic fibrosis (a genetic disease with pulmonary and nutritional symptoms)
  • Chronic cough and/or difficulty breathing
  • Apnea (breathing stops for a prolonged time)
  • Premature infants with developing lung issues
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Spotlight on Staff… Speech Language Pathologist

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The Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Therapist responsibilities are to work with each child to assess their ability to eat, swallow and communicate. If the child is able to eat by mouth, the speech therapist will help to determine the best food/texture for their diet. The speech therapist also accesses the child’s ability to communicate both verbally and/or through alternate means of communication which includes use of switches, picture boards, etc.

The Speech Therapist can help children with the following diagnoses:
¢ Aphasia
¢ AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
¢ Developmental apraxia of speech
¢ Language-based learning disabilities
¢ Stuttering
¢ Brain injury
¢ Orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrust)
¢ Feeding problems
¢ Dysphagia or Swallowing problems
Speech Therapy is provided for children with:
¢ Tracheostomies
¢ Ventilators
¢ Passy Muir valves
¢ Augmentative and alternative communication devices

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Emergency Placement… We are there when you need us most

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_MG_6743Family in crisis? Need immediate placement? PSC is there when you need us most. Our communities in Philadelphia and Point Pleasant are specifically equipped and trained to receive emergency placements. With compassionate care and efficient expertise, we are prepared to help in such situations.  We are proud to share just one example where our timely responsiveness “came to the rescue”.  Our hearts are touched by dozens of “happy ending” stories, just like this one.

Five year old male with diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Tracheostomy, Gtube:

Mother unable to care for the child due to circumstances, child was placed with his father who had no tracheostomy training.
Presented in the PCP office with his father and he could not complete his care.
Placement was arranged at PSC within 6 hours and he was admitted PSC safely.
Father was successfully trained at PSC and child was able to return home, after less than one month.

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Register Now! May 19th Luncheon and Presentation, PSC at Hopewell

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2106  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY CARE at HOPEWELL 2900 Johnson Street, Aliquippa, PA 15001  Roundtrip transportation provided (upon request, on limited basis) departing Children’s Hospital of UPMC at 9:45 a.m.

 To register and for more information, contact: Deborah Demme 724.777.3172  ddemme@pediatricspecialty.com

  • A delicious catered luncheon and opportunity to network.
  • Presentation by Mary Louise Russell MD FAAP, an Attending Pediatric Physiatrist at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Dr. Russell also provides Physiatry services at Pediatric Specialty Care.
  • Informative tour of our nostalgic and beautiful Hopewell facility.
  • Introduction of the Pediatric Specialty Care Staff.
  • Interactive breakout sessions, including Able Gamers and The Children’s Institute.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tours of the facility

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote presentation

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. In-depth sessions including:  AbleGamers, The Children’s Institute Care Coordination and Day School,        Respiratory staff from The Children’s Institute and PSC, PSC programmers doing art with residents

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)„¢.  Other Health care professionals are awarded .1 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 1 contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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It’s National Nurse’s Week May 6-12, 2016

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ANA National Nurses Week 2016 logoThank you to all the nurses that serve the children and families at PSC, the hospitals, at home… and really everywhere. Your efforts matter, and you make a difference in their lives each and every day.  We honor and celebrate you.

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Safety first!

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safety-firstPediatric Specialty Care is committed to providing the safest environment for the children, families, and communities we serve.  Over the years, we have taken great steps in the matter of securing all of our locations.  These well-established security measures include; locking exterior doors, visitor check-in procedures, and monitoring entry systems.  The safety and security of Pediatric Specialty Care’s children, families, and staff is of the utmost importance!

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Summer… planning ahead! Check out our Themed weeks.

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SummerSummer will be here before we know it! Here at PSC, we enjoy getting creative and planning ahead… and the Summer theme weeks are no exception! Check out what we have coming up…

6/13-6/18: Science Camp Week
6/19-6/25: Backyard Fun Week
6/26-7/2: Adventure Week
7/3-7/9: Patriotic Week
7/10-7/16: Beach Week
7/17-7/23: “Vacation” to Disney
7/24- 7/30: Things-that-Go Week
7/31- 8/6: Hollywood Week
8/7- 8/13: Superhero Week
8/14- 8/20: Sports Week
8/21- 8/27: Back to School Week

The specific activities, crafts, events, etc. will vary at each of our 6 PA locations, but the theme is consistent each week. Stay tuned for more details!

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