Pediatric Hospital Care
Committed to the physical and mental health of your child, UnityPoint Health – Meriter offers a comprehensive program of services for children, from birth to adolescence. Our specialized professional staff offers family-centered care in a friendly atmosphere. We encourage parents to participate in their child's care as much as possible.
Meriter Pediatric Center
The Pediatric Center, located adjacent to the Emergency Department, centralizes care for children receiving emergency services at Meriter.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, a team of emergency physicians, physician assistants and nurses, all of whom are trained to care for children, will collaborate on your child's care.
The Pediatric Center was designed with the family in mind and includes a child-friendly waiting area.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Newborn Intensive Care Unit is the best place for premature or sick newborns to receive the advanced care they need. Designated as a Level III NICU, we are recognized as a premier regional center for excellence in high-risk newborn care.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation
Meriter is recognized as a Baby-Friendly birth facility through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. This initiative is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize facilities that provide optimal levels of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Meriter physicians and staff offer care for children and adolescents undergoing same-day surgery, not requiring overnight stays, including plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Congenital (birth) defects can have physical and psychological impacts on the growth of a child. Plastic surgery can help to improve or correct many birth defects. Working as a multidisciplinary team, Meriter's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program and the child's pediatrician coordinate the most effective treatment plan.
We help children attain their full potential in all facets of life. Our Pediatric Therapy Team provides care for children ages birth through adolescence and is available upon referral. Our therapists provide comprehensive treatment to children who have developmental challenges or medical conditions that interfere with their physical development, coordination, communication or learning. Our specialists work closely with families to create individualized treatment plans. Some of our services include:
Behavioral and Addiction Services
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program provides sensitive, responsive and innovative treatment for youths with psychiatric disorders. NewStart offers confidential, comprehensive caring treatment to adolescents suffering from chemical dependency.
The Forensic Nurse Examiners Program strives to help victims of sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence begin the healing process. Since 1988, the Forensic Nurse Examiners Program has provided care to more than 10,000 victims of all ages, races and populations.