Two years ago, severe asthma kept Jordan Thompson, 12, from going to gym class or playing with his friends. “I had to stay in the house because of my asthma,” says Jordan. “It was hard for me to get up stairs because I was out of breath when I reached the top.”
Today, Jordan can take the stairs two at a time because his treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital allows him to lead a more normal life for a 12-year-old. That kid-focused pediatric care is the hallmark of the newly designated Sinai Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Hospital in Lawndale, a West Side community.
Although the hospital has been administering pediatric care for many years, authorizing the facility as a children’s hospital sharpens the focus on the level of pediatric care, says Daniel Johnson, medical director at Sinai Children’s Hospital.
Sinai Children’s Hospital is the fifth children’s hospital in Chicago, joining Children’s Memorial Hospital, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Rush Children’s Hospital and University of Chicago Children’s Hospital.
The children’s hospital will use doctors from Mount Sinai Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group and Sinai Community Institute to provide pediatric care. Sinai Health System was designated the largest provider of free health services in the state, by the Illinois Department of Public Aid in 2003.
“We were seeing a large number of patients, and we hadn’t been able to organize the services in a way that made sense,” says Alan Channing, president and chief executive officer of Sinai Health System. “One of the things we wanted to do was put a face to the community that feels appropriate to the services.”
Sinai Children’s Hospital includes a neonatal intensive care unit, a “child-friendly” emergency room and a pediatric playroom, officials say. Services also extend to a preventative Wellness Program, which provides courses on parenting, asthma maintenance, obesity, violence prevention, mental health services and rehabilitation services.
Sara Michael, Medill News Service