WHEELING - Wheeling Hospital's Center for Pediatrics continues to grow and offer subspecialties, allowing local parents to get care for their children without leaving the Ohio Valley.
"Some things are new, some are just sort of progressions of things already started," said Dr. Judy Romano, Center for Pediatrics director. "Our inpatient pediatric unit opened in Tower 5 in spring 2012. We have a 22-bed inpatient unit and it's really doing fantastic job."
The center also is serving as an outpatient center for children in need.
"During flu season we have enough space to care for children and enough space during high volume times. Children who need outpatient labs or X-rays can come to the center and are registered there and the tests are conducted there. Pediatric offices are all now in the same hallway," Romano said.
Romano noted the center's rehabilitation unit at the Stratford Center building on Warden Run Road also is doing well.
"We've recently started a new feeding clinic for infants and children with feeding disorders," Romano said. "We've added a board-certified behavioral analysis professional to aid in our interventions. And we have pediatric subspecialty clinics ... We have new specialists all the time."
The latest subspecialist is a pulmonologist.
"When we see a need in our community or a population of children with needs, we try and start a new program," she said.
In addition to parents from the Wheeling area, Romano said there are other families traveling from further away to receive treatment at the center.
"There is an increase of people coming into the community to access these services. It's easier for these families to come here than to go to downtown Pittsburgh," she said. "We're seeing an increase in demand in all services at the Center for Pediatrics."