Center for Pediatric Specialty Care
Good Samaritan's Center for Pediatric Specialty Care
655 Deer Park Avenue
Babylon, NY 11702
The Center's mission and primary goal is to provide quality health care for children, so they can continue to lead their normal daily lives while requiring less inpatient hospital admissions and Emergency Department visits. The Center for Pediatric Specialty Care is Good Samaritan’s multispecialty pediatric center. A pediatric specialist is a physician who has received comprehensive training in one subspecialty area of pediatrics. The different areas of expertise include cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, infant/child development and sleep disorders. A pediatrician may refer a child to the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care when further diagnostic testing and diagnosis is needed.
Comprehensive care for children with complex special needs is also available at the center.
Care for the Medically Complex Child
Some children, because of an accident, illness or congenital disorder, are dependent on life-sustaining medications, treatments and equipment. These medically complex children often need assistance with activities of daily living. Good Samaritan’s program for medically complex children, a unique service in the region, coordinates the services required in situations such as these.
In this outpatient program, a physician completes a thorough evaluation of the pediatric patient and family to coordinate services with the primary physician and/or specialists. A care management plan is formulated to include any additional evaluation or treatment the child may need.
Critical Care Division
The physicians also provide follow-up care for children who are critically ill and have spent long periods of time in Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Cystic Fibrosis Center (A Satellite of the Columbia University’s CF Center)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary, chronic multisystem, life-affecting disorder. Good Samaritan’s approach to treating cystic fibrosis has progressed through the years as medical breakthroughs have been realized. State-of-the-art care is administered right here in your own community without adding the burden of travel for the management of the disease.The dedicated cystic fibrosis staff at Good Samaritan work together from a multidisciplinary approach. The specialized health care team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and respiratory therapists. Therapy includes prevention and treatment of lung problems, good nutrition, physical activity as well as psychological and social support. It is very important for the CF patient, parents and family members to receive current information, support, reassurance and the stability that allows individuals with this disorder to fully engage in the process of living. Pediatric and adolescent patients as well as adults with the disease are monitored and treated for acute and chronic illnesses that CF imposes on the individual.
Endocrinology (Diabetes and Growth Conditions)
An endocrinologist’s expertise is in the area of diseases of the endocrine (or ductless) glands. Children who may have diabetes, hypo- or hyperthyroidism or hypo-glycemia can exhibit symptoms of weight gain/loss, chronic fatigue, sweating, thirst, frequent urination or delayed height for their age. These symptoms can be discussed with the child’s pediatrician to determine if a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist is appropriate. The growing endocrinology division has become a valuable resource for children with diabetes mellitus. Evaluation of short stature and growth delay are also performed.
Gastroenterology (stomach & intestinal conditions)
A pediatric gastroenterolgist can assess and treat conditions of the stomach and intestines, including inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. When your child has symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, poor weight gain, chronic abdominal pain or frequent vomiting, your pediatrician may ask you to make an appointment at the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care. Dietary counseling is available through the center and is coordinated with registered dietitians.
Hematology (blood disorders)
A child may need to see a hematologist when the pediatrician detects an abnormality of the blood cells, such as iron deficiency anemia, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, platelet disorders or low white cell count. Patients with sickle cell disease are also treated here. The hematologist can diagnose and provide treatment for the child.
Infant and Child Development
Often a parent or pediatrician will become concerned when an infant or toddler is not meeting milestones. For instance, a child may not crawl or walk when anticipated. Some of these children were premature or ill at the time of birth. A developmental pediatrician can diagnose the child and create a treatment plan. This physician may also see patients with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
A child is sent to a pediatric infectious disease specialist for the evaluation and management of fever, rashes, viral and bacterial infections, as well as the prevention of many of these diseases. This specialist treats recurrent or chronic infections such as chronic fatigue syndrome, mononucleosis and enlarged lymph nodes. Also, infections common to Long Island, such as Lyme disease, are diagnosed and managed by this physician.
Since infections are very common in children, a pediatrician may treat many illnesses in conjunction with the infectious disease specialist. Others, such as tuberculosis, generally require treatment by the specialist. Families may also seek advice from this specialist about the prevention of infections while traveling abroad or attending schools.
Neonatal follow-up provides care for children who were extremely premature and are at risk for respiratory syncitial virus (RSV) and other illnesses.
A child may need to be evaluated by a pediatric nephrologist if he or she has a problem with the kidneys. Such problems can include blood in the urine (hematuria), proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome (swelling of face or legs, proteinuria and low blood proteins), inflammation of the kidney (e.g. Lupus), enlargement of the kidney (hydronephrosis), as well as hypertension. Pediatric nephrologists use blood tests, urine tests and radiological tests to help diagnose kidney disease.
Neurology (brain and nervous system disorders, autism or cerebral palsy)
When a child displays symptoms of a disease of the nervous system, an appointment can be made with a pediatric neurologist. A child with epilepsy (seizure disorder), migraine headaches, tics or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will be treated by this specialist. A child’s condition can be detected earlier than in years past with the cutting-edge technology and current tests available. Another of the latest advances is the digital electroencephalogram (EEG) and Video 24 hour EEG monitoring, which measures the electrical activity of the brain and is utilized to perform seizure monitoring. In addition, the division's ThinkSmart Concussion Program administers IMPACT testing before clearing players for school sports and gym classes.
Pulmonology (asthma and diseases of the lungs)
The pediatric pulmonologist treats acute and chronic lung disease in the outpatient center. Patients with asthma, bronchio-pulmonary diplacia (BPD), recurrent croup and other breathing disorders will be cared for by the pulmonologist. The physician can use a special procedure known as bronchoscopy, which can provide direct visualization of pediatric airways. This enables a clearer view to see if foreign bodies are obstructing the airway or the ability to take a look at the anatomy of the airway.The pulmonologist can coordinate a comprehensive plan with the child’s pediatrician for management of the asthmatic child.
Sleep Breathing Disorders
Sleep apnea is a condition manifested when a child does not breathe properly when asleep. A child may exhibit symptoms of loud snoring, choking, coughing, turning blue or frequent awakenings. A special sleep apnea lab can accurately diagnose this condition in infants through childhood.
For further information call (631) 376-4444.