Medical Monday: Specialized care for pediatric patients

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Children have unique medical needs. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is taking measures to make sure their little patients are well taken care of while in the hospital.

Registered Nurse Gregory Roberts says pediatric care at the hospital is specialized in many ways.

"One of the things is we have a dedicated Pediatric Pharmacist versus Adult Pharmacist. They have additional training to really help serve that specific population," explained Roberts.

Roberts helped care for Latisha Perry's daughter, Rogue, who was born at only 23 weeks. She spent four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. Perry says the specialized care her daughter received helped save her life.

"Everything was done the way it needs to be done to ensure her safety and ours," Perry said.

Smart boards with easily accessible digital information and tracking badges so employees can be tracked and can ask for help in emergency situations are additional safety measures that are implemented.

Perry goes on to say, "It made me feel better when I would go home knowing she was taken care of and in a great environment where they cared about everybody's safety."

Rogue is now ten months old and is reaching all of her developmental milestones.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's NICU cares for babies born prematurely and those with critical illnesses. The hospital also has a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room.