Parents want the very best for their children – especially when they are sick or need medical care. That is why Wellmont Health System places a special emphasis on pediatric services.
From birthing and neonatal intensive care to adolescent care, Wellmont’s exceptional board-certified pediatricians and pediatric specialists offer a wide range of pediatric services, including some of the region’s most sophisticated healing technologies.
Wellmont offers these pediatric services and the talents of physicians, nurses and caregivers who understand how to provide the gentle, healing approach children often need – a combination that makes Wellmont's experts the choice of parents around the region for pediatric care.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a network of the best children’s hospitals stretching across the nation. In the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, Wellmont is a member of the national non-profit network of nearly 200 leading children’s hospitals dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children. Residents across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia open their hearts each year, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraisers and telethons. Currently, more than 11,000 local individuals and businesses have donated more than $7 million to support children’s care at Wellmont hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All money raised locally stays in local communities to support children’s care at Wellmont hospitals and the deserving community organizations that meet our children’s needs. Donations through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals help ensure our region’s children continue to benefit from an array of specialized services.
Visit the Wellmont Foundation to learn more or make your own donation to children’s care in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
An innovator in pediatric care since 1935, Holston Valley Medical Center opened Northeast Tennessee’s first neonatal intensive care unit more than two decades ago. Today, Holston Valley’s Level III NICU has 15 dedicated beds with skilled physicians and staff members caring for babies delivered as young as 24 weeks of age - newborns requiring the very highest level of care in order to thrive. A specially certified NICU medical team provides essential services to ensure the safety and wellbeing of newborns, including hearing screenings and car seat “challenge” tests for babies prior to leaving the hospital. Holston Valley’s NICU is also partnered with the Vermont Oxford Network, an organization that continuously works to improve the quality and safety of care to newborns and their families. When regional children require advanced medical attention, Holston Valley's pediatric intensive care unit provides a truly special setting for children. Along with superior medical services and the support of highly trained staff, Holston Valley’s PICU offers four beds, dedicated pediatric emergency rooms, a special pediatrics waiting area and an open MRI for comfort and ease of mind.
Because hospital visits can be frightening situations for children, Wellmont offers a child life specialist for counseling to help children cope with anxiety or fear. Through play, child life specialists are uniquely trained to help teach children about what will be happening to them - because when children understand what is happening, they are less likely to be afraid. Child counselors also work with children through the Child Development Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center. This unique daycare and after-school learning center places special emphasis on children’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social development needs. The center was originally established to serve children of Wellmont employees but also offers spaces on a limited basis to children throughout the community.
Holston Valley Medical Center has partnered with Knoxville’s East Tennessee Children’s Hospital – the only certified comprehensive regional pediatric center in East Tennessee and one of only four such centers in the state – to further enhance children’s health care in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Open since 1937, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has pediatric specialists in 28 areas. In the past, many Tri-Cities children and their families traveled hours for certain advanced levels of pediatric care. Holston Valley’s partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital now brings advanced pediatric care closer to home, with many board-certified pediatric specialists and sub-specialists from Knoxville established at Holston Valley and serving children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Additionally, Wellmont offers community benefit and serves the developmental needs of regional children through partnerships with numerous community organizations including the YMCA, YWCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Thomas and Tiffany Whitt are neonatal intensive care unit patients who benefited from local donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
See Thomas and Tiffany's story
Newborns requiring the very highest level of care have access to life-saving treatments, equipment and support. Thanks to the efforts of a specially certified NICU medical team, thousands of children across the region have grown up healthy and happy – and as miracles. Just a few of those miracle stories are highlighted below.
Emily and Madison Surgener were born 10 weeks before their due date. Today, Emily and Madison are happy and healthy girls who are true miracles.
Emily Fox Ellis was a NICU patient. Now, she's a married mother of two with a nursing degree.
Ethan Gilliam was a NICU patient. Now 20, he attends college at East Tennessee State
Hannah Marie and Savannah Elizabeth Milhorn are NICU patients, miracle kids and flourishing first-graders.
Hunter Smith was born five weeks early. After enduring so much so early, Hunter is now a happy, thriving elementary school student.
Thomas and Tiffany Whitt were born at 31 weeks gestation. Now 22, both twins lead full, productive lives.
Wellmont hospitals and medical centers provide millions of dollars in charity care each year. Through community partnership and support, we are able to continue our mission of bringing superior healthcare with compassion to our region.
On Thursday, May 17, Chico’s, a women’s clothing and
accessories store at 3020 Franklin Terrace Drive, will donate 10 percent of the
money from purchases to Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals. The store will have door prizes and other activities as
Pediatric patients at Holston Valley Medical Center will smile wider and laugh a little more with a new multimedia unit donated by Encompass Group and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
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