Pediatric specialists in Virginia
At HCA Virginia's hospitals, we know your child's health is your top priority. We also understand that, when your child is sick, there is nothing more important to you than helping them feel better. Our pediatric emergency rooms (ERs), inpatient units and clinics are designed with comforting atmospheres and advanced care for your little one.
For more information about our primary care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.
Our pediatric specialties
Our pediatric services include care in a variety of medical disciplines, including:
Pediatric emergency care
When your child has a medical emergency, you want expert care—fast. That is why we have dedicated pediatric ERs. They are separate from our hospitals' main ERs for your child's comfort. They are also staffed 24/7 with pediatric emergency medicine physicians and pediatricians. However, if these ERs are not convenient to you, we are also able to deliver emergency care to your child at any of our ERs.
Pediatric mental health care
When your child needs emotional, behavioral or psychiatric care, we provide compassionate children's mental health care at Dominion Hospital and children's and adolescent's mental health care at Chippenham Hospital. These programs offer both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for kids and teens, with the goal of giving them the tools and support they need for their grow and heal.
The pediatric orthopedics program at Chippenham Hospital is managed by board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic specialists. These specialists diagnose and treat a range of orthopedic injuries and conditions in children, from broken bones to complex spine disorders.
Pediatric physical therapy and rehabilitation
Our pediatric rehabilitation specialists have experience helping children of all ages and all diagnoses reach their full physical potential. To do that, we use a range of outpatient rehabilitation services, including physical therapy.
Other pediatric services we offer
You will also find specialty programs at our hospitals for:
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric sports medicine
- Pediatric surgery
Pediatric inpatient care
If needed, your child may be admitted to one of our inpatient units or our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In either case, they will be surrounded by compassionate, highly skilled teams of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Our hospitals are also staffed with pediatric hospitalists (doctors who work in the hospitals rather than in private practices) and pediatric nurses certified in pediatric advanced life support.
Open communication with your child's care team
Our pediatric care team will communicate and work with you on a daily basis. We share all test results and treatment options, so you can make informed decisions about their care. We also encourage you to participate in your child's treatment. We will teach you the skills you need, such as changing dressings or administering medications, to help your little one heal.
Your pediatric hospitalist will also provide regular progress updates to your child’s pediatrician throughout their treatment. The hospitalist will then transition care back to your child's primary care physician after discharge from the hospital.
Family-friendly pediatric units
Everything in our pediatric units has been designed around your family's comfort. You will have a private room with Wi-Fi, phones and flat-panel TVs. In general, you may visit your child 24/7, and, if needed, parents will be provided with sleeping arrangements.
We also provide kitchens equipped with a microwave and refrigerator and stocked with sodas and snacks. Coffee is available upon request. Additionally, you and your family can play games, color, read and watch age-appropriate TV and videos in our playrooms.
Preparing for your child's hospital visit
We know that a hospital stay can be a difficult experience for children and their parents. Rest assured, we’ll do everything we can to help your child feel safe and secure.
Before your child’s stay
You can help prepare your child by talking about what to expect in the hospital. Let them know that you will be with them whenever possible and when you can’t, they will be always be cared for by a responsible adult, such as a nurse or doctor. Encourage them to ask you and the medical team questions and explain that the team will also be asking them questions.
Involve brothers and sisters in your discussion, so everyone has a chance to share concerns and questions. Make sure to share other information you have, such as when your child will be coming home.
Preregister for your child’s stay now to save time when you check-in.
What to bring to the hospital
Help your child choose what to pack and encourage him or her to bring a favorite toy, picture or other item from home for comfort. Include a bathrobe, slippers or socks and personal toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo.
Bring a list of your child’s current medications and immunization record to the hospital as well as the Patient History form, if you received this in the mail. If you have difficulty answering any of the questions, a healthcare provider will help you complete the form when you come to the hospital.
Preparing for your child’s discharge from the hospital requires careful planning. The hospital staff will help you understand how to care for your child at home during recovery and obtain any additional services or equipment that you may need.
A car seat is required by law for children under 40 pounds. If you do not have one, please let your nurse or case manager know and they will help you get one.