Diagnoses and Treatments

Any baby with a medical necessity for hospitalization is a candidate for The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh. This includes: premature infants (including multiple births), babies with on-going medical needs, babies waiting for surgery, and babies under hospice care.

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh’s pediatric unit cares for medically fragile and technology dependent children up to age 21, or children who need to be hospitalized for specific reasons including but not limited to: children who need medical therapies they can’t receive at home, children who are preparing for or recovering from surgery or prolonged illness, children receiving specific medical observation, or children who are adjusting to new medical equipment and treatments that families must learn prior to discharge.

Commonly treated diagnoses and conditions include, but are not limited to:*

Apneas and Bradycardias
Central Lines/ Hyperalimentation/Antibiotic Rx
Cardiac problems
Chromosomal Syndromes
Chronic Lung Inflammation
Chronic Lung Disease (CLD)
Congenital Anomalies
Failure to Thrive
Feeding Problems
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Gastrointestinal problems
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
Pediatric Hospice Care
MRSA+ Infection Control
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Neurological problems
Pediatric Palliative Care
Poor Oral Feeding ability
Post-Operative Care
Post Cardiac Surgery Infants and Toddlers
Respiratory problems
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection Control
Seizure Disorders
Short Gut Syndrome
Shunted Patients
Suction: Continuous Suction / Intermittent Suction
Ventilator Dependence
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) + Infection Control

Clinical Services and Treatments include, but are not limited to:*
1200+ Gram Infants
Audiology Screening
Central lines
Developmental Support
Dietary Consultation
EKG and Chest X-rays
IV Antibiotic and/or Hydration
Lab work – Chemistry, Gases, Hematology, Microbiology
Oxygen Treatment and Weaning
Occupational Therapy
PICC lines
Respiratory Therapy
Reverse Isolation
ROP Surveillance / Eye Laser Surgery
Specialty Consults: Cardiology, Physiatry, Retina, Ophthalmology, Pulmonology
Speech Therapy
Steroid Therapy
Wound Care

*Inquiries about any diagnosis, condition, or treatment not listed should be directed to Erin Colvin, Clinical Director, at: 412-441-4884 ext. 1056

About Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care

Currently, most pediatric hospice care is provided in the home. With Transitional Pediatric Care, families have the option to spend their most difficult moments in beautiful and comfortable surroundings with support services and staff on site 24 hours per day.

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Phone: 412-441-4884 Fax: 412-441-0167