Children look forward to spring and to summer vacation and added outdoor fun, but unfortunately summer can also bring added sickness and injury to children and adults.
With the time away from school and work, its also just the right season to schedule needed surgeries and other medical care.
Fortunately, Middle Georgias world-class medical facilities offer services and more than 1,200 acute-care patient beds that stand ready any time of year to meet the needs of children and adults.
Most notable are Macons The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Childrens Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macons Coliseum Health System, Houston Countys Houston Healthcare, and Peach Countys growing Peach Regional Medical Center.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia
The Medical Center of Central Georgias care for children is highlighted through its premier pediatric facility, The Childrens Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Officials say The Childrens Hospital is a not-for-profit health care organization staffed by board-certified pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and skilled compassionate support staff. It serves patients from 29 primary and 55 secondary central and south Georgia counties and is the only dedicated pediatric facility in Middle Georgia.
The Childrens Hospitals 112-bed facility houses a 34-bed general pediatric unit, a 22-bed pediatric critical care unit, The Childrens Hospital Outpatient Services (CHOPS), a 42-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit and a 14-bed Level II nursery for newborns not in need of critical care but requiring observation.
The CHOPS unit also provides a variety of outpatient procedures including X-Rays, MRIs, CAT Scans, endoscopies and sickle cell blood transfusions.
The Childrens Hospital offers robotic assisted operations for pediatric patients. Robotic surgery is less invasive than traditional operations and offers benefits such as less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less need for narcotics, faster recovery time and quicker return to normal activities.
The Childrens Hospital also offers baby-sitting classes for teenagers and preteens, which teach basic first aid, response to emergency situations and care for the basic needs of infants and children.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia offers pediatric services such as Right On Track Pediatric Therapy, which provides outpatient services for children whose diagnoses require occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, aquatic therapy, oral motor and feeding therapy, assistive technology and splinting.
The Medical Centers Family Birth Center provides a full range of delivery care and services as well as support groups and Beginnings courses, a comprehensive maternity program providing educational classes and support services to families.
Other child-related support groups at The Medical Center include those for specific illnesses such as diabetes.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia also boasts The Georgia Heart Center in The Luce Heart Institute. The center offers a world-class heart and vascular program with services and treatments in all areas of cardiovascular care. Center statistics show 750 open heart surgeries performed each year and the center is a Level I trauma center.
The Medical Center offers an array of inpatient and outpatient health care services along with its many adult medicine and surgery services, diagnostic services, emergency and urgent care services, post acute care services, prevention and wellness care services and education, womens services and The Georgia Neuro Center.
Coliseum Health System
Coliseum Health System is a three-hospital system known as Coliseum Medical Centers, Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health -- two full-service medical-surgical hospitals and one psychiatric facility.
Coliseum Medical Centers offers varied pediatric care such as its Coliseum Kids program and same-day surgery center and outpatient surgery center for children, which serve patients from 3 months old to 20 years old.
Coliseum also features a variety of services to parents and children through its Family Ties Birthing Center and Level III neonatal intensive care unit with cardiac, radiology, speech, physical therapy and other support services.
Full-service emergency care, including pediatric care, is available in two emergency departments, one at Coliseum Medical Centers and the other at Coliseum Northside Hospital.
Generally, Coliseum Health System offers a range of services such as a 24-hour ER and specialty facilities including the Coliseum Heart Institute, Coliseum Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, Coliseum Cancer Institute, Georgia Bariatric Center, Coliseum Diabetes Management Center and Coliseum Advance Wound Healing Center.
The Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health has a variety of programs to serve patients needing psychiatric care, substance abuse services and other related services. Inpatient and outpatient adult treatment programs are offered as well as a partial hospitalization option for patients needing the support of an inpatient program but not overnight supervision.
At Houston Healthcare, pediatric resources include inpatient care from newborns to young adults in a child-friendly environment from pediatric experts. Typically, officials say children admitted to Houston Medical Center are admitted to a nine-bed pediatric unit on the facilitys second floor. Asthma-related illnesses are one of the main reasons children are admitted to the unit, but children with colds, gastrointestinal issues and other childhood maladies also are treated.
Houston Healthcare consists of seven separate entities including Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins and Perry Hospital plus Houston Health Pavilion and other med-stops, a rehabilitation center and emergency medical services. The health care system also operates a non-profit facility providing free medical care to working, uninsured residents of Houston County.
Reflecting its comprehensive range of services, Houston Healthcare statistics show that in 2011 the system had 14,757 inpatient admissions, 82,240 ER visits, 16,332 surgeries and endoscopies, about 2,300 births, 130,600 outpatient visits and 45,073 med-stop visits.
Peach Regional Medical Center
Peach County is advancing area medical care services with a new $27 million Peach Regional Medical Center facility being built on the Ga. 247 Connector just west of Interstate 75. Officials say it will outgrow the current 25-bed Fort Valley facility by 15,000 square feet and allow greater outpatient services.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set for June 13 with patent move-in beginning July 16.
Peach Regional Medical Center is equipped to admit and treat pediatric patients for routine conditions such as dehydration and mild asthma and its emergency room handles pediatric emergencies with physicians and nurses certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital is a private 58-bed hospital offering both in- and out-patient rehabilitation services. 3351 Northside Drive, Macon, (478) 201-6500.
The Medical Center of Central Georgia: 777 Hemlock St., (478) 633-1000
The Childrens Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia: 858 High St., (478) 633-1000
Coliseum Northside: 400 Charter Blvd., Macon, (478) 757-8200.
Coliseum Medical Centers: 350 Hospital Drive, Macon, (478) 765-7000.
Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health: 340 Hospital Drive, Macon, (478) 741-1355.
Houston Medical Center is a not-for-profit 237-bed general medical and surgical hospital offering both in- and out-patient services. 1601 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, (478) 922-4281, www.hhc.org.
Perry Hospital is a 39-bed general medical and surgical hospital offering both in-patient and out-patient services. 1120 Morningside Drive, Perry, (478) 987-3600, www.hhc.org.
Monroe County Hospital is a 25-bed facility offering general medical and surgical services, 24-hour emergency room care, acute care admission, physical therapy, lab, occupational therapy and many other services. 88 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth, (478) 994-2521, www.monroehospital.org.
Peach Regional Medical Center is a 25-bed facility offering general medical and surgical care. The hospital offers CT scans, mammograms, health fairs, health screenings and many other services. 601 Blue Bird Blvd., Fort Valley, (478) 825-8691, peachregional.org.
Regency Hospital of Central Georgia is an acute long-term care hospital with 34 beds. 535 Coliseum Drive, Macon, (478) 803-7300, www.regencyhospital.com.
Oconee Regional Medical Center is a 113-bed facility offering general medical and surgical services. The hospital offers both in-patient and out-patient services including a birthing room, skilled nursing care, cancer services, chemotherapy, screenings and imaging services, among other health care services. 821 North Cobb St., Milledgeville, (478) 454-3505, www.oconeeregional.com.