Pediatrics Inpatient Services
In a perfect world, every child would be the picture of health. UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's is working toward that world by offering some of Sioux City's most advanced, kid-friendly pediatric care.
Not only does St. Luke's have Siouxland's premier birth center, but as a Children's Miracle Network hospital, we've raised millions of dollars to help improve pediatric care for children in the area.
"Everyone was amazing! All the nurses on the pediatric floor were very nice and attentive to my two-year-old son's needs! Thank you everyone for making our stay more pleasant!" - Tisha
Care designed with your child in mind
St. Luke's Pediatric Unit is a secure area monitored by controlled entry. Our 11 pediatric rooms are designed around your child's comfort and recovery. With access to a special playroom with games, toys, movies and books, our staff strive to make each child's stay as comfortable as possible.
Most importantly, our children's health staff is specially trained in pediatric care. Each staff member undergoes a critical care education program followed by supervised clinical instruction. They're trained to pay attention to your child's individual needs. Our hospital staff also works closely with area family practice doctors, Siouxland pediatricians and the Child Health Specialty Clinic.
Pediatric Special Care Unit
St. Luke's Pediatric Department houses Sioux City's only hospital Pediatric Special Care Unit to care for acutely ill children. Treating babies through patients in their teens, the Pediatric Special Care Unit features state-of-the-art technology including breathing and heart monitors, many funded by gifts to St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network.
Specially trained nurses in critical care monitor patients through a personalized approach, giving parents added peace of mind at a time when it's needed most.
Pediatric Hospitalist Program
Big Steps to Care for Some of Our Littlest Patients
A Pediatric Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of children in the hospital setting. Primary care providers, pediatricians and specialists often juggle their time between multiple facilities or areas. Our pediatric hospitalists will be available 24-7 to assist in the care of their patients who need to be hospitalized, providing many services including newborn care and circumcisions. These providers will communicate with the primary care provider for a smooth transition out of the hospital and back to their care.
Previously, some families were being transferred to hospitals in other cities like Omaha or Sioux Falls that had pediatric hospitalists. Now, families will be able to receive immediate assistance and will save on traveling and accommodation expenses. Also, having a pediatric hospitalist who is available 24-7 will help expedite admissions and discharge times keeping the parents well informed and getting them home quicker to their families.
*Made possible with support from the UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network
MEET OUR PEDIATRIC HOSPITALISTS
Stephen Parys, MD Kelli Udelhofen, DO
"Whether your child needs to be hospitalized for RSV, pneumonia, influenza, broken bones, post-surgery care or anything else, we are ready to work together with their families and their primary care providers and specialists to make sure they receive the best, most personalized care possible."
Making the decision for your child to undergo surgery can be difficult, but with pediatric surgery at St. Luke's, parents find peace of mind in our compassionate, convenient care. Our skilled staff of experienced surgeons and nurses perform a wide range of pediatric procedures including tonsillectomies, adenoid removal, insertion of ear tubes and hernia repair.
Quality Options in Surgical Care
We offer pediatric surgery at two locations:
- In our hospital's state-of-the-art operating rooms featuring advanced imaging and video to flat panel screens for laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures
- At Pierce Street Same Day Surgery, located on St. Luke's campus, offering quick access to the hospital if needed with extra comforts like a children's playroom and a furry stuffed animal for each patient
Our surgical team is committed to making a patient's visit as seamless as possible. For extra convenience, online pre-admission is available.