1350 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901 706/774-2345
Generations of parents have counted on University Health Care System to care for their children in sickness and in health. University has facilities completely dedicated to infants, children and adolescents because children have unique and special needs. We have a separate emergency department just for children, Pediatricians and physician specialists who practice at University see children and adolescents for problems ranging from sore throats and vision problems to meningitis and complex orthopedic surgeries.
The staff on the 14-bed pediatric unit on Four West offers family-centered care and provides all the comforts of home to make a child's stay more comfortable for the entire family. Experienced and caring pediatric nurses are certified in pediatric advanced life support in case of a life-threatening emergency. On the pediatric unit, parents will find:
A shower and bath for parents. Towels and soap are provided.
Coffee and snacks for parents staying with their child are available upon request.
A washer and dryer are available on the unit if you need to wash necessary items such as a special blanket, favorite toy or your child's clothing.
If you are a family or caregiver staying with a child in our pediatric department, we invite you enjoy one free guest tray per meal. You may also order a guest meal tray for a small charge.
With the nurse's permission, a child may enjoy spending time in our playroom across from the nursing station.
Only one family member may stay overnight with a child in a semiprivate room. Two may stay overnight in a private room. Overnight visitors must be 16 years or older, unless they are the child's parents.
Brothers and sisters accompanied by an adult may visit between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. A child who is ill or has had contact with anyone who is ill in the past three weeks may not visit.
Related Services for Children and Adolescents
Pediatric Emergency Department
Since children have very special physical and emotional needs, University's newly renovated Pediatric Emergency Department is designed to delight and comfort our tiniest patients. Patients and their parents are greeted by "Jack," a toy Jack Russell Terrier that serves as the department's mascot. Jack can be seen peeping through fences or diving into ponds in the beautifully painted full-wall murals in each treatment room. Patients are taken to these rooms, which represent every season of the year, from the pediatric waiting room in the likeness of a tree house. Children up to age 17 may be seen by their personal physicians or by board-certified pediatricians with emergency experience. Click here for a virtual tour of the Pediatric Emergency area.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
University offers a full range of therapy to help children of all ages regain functional skills lost or diminished through illness or injury, including sports-related injuries. Services are offered to inpatients and outpatients. Rehab services are offered at the main hospital and at University Hospital Medical Centers in South Richmond and Columbia counties.
University Hospital Speech and Hearing Center
University Hospital's speech and language pathologists and audiologists are specially trained to help find the cause and proper treatment for speech, hearing, language and swallowing disorders in children of all ages. Call the Speech and Hearing Center at 706/774-8666 for more information.
Gaining Ground: A developmentally delayed stimulation program
Offered by therapists at the Speech and Hearing Center, this program helps children who are at least one year behind the average standards for their age group overcome speech, language and motor skill problems. Physician referral required. Call 706/774-8666 for more information.
Pediatric Asthma Education
Children suffering from asthma get special education from registered respiratory therapists from Pulmonary Rehabilitation trained in pediatric care. Children are seen Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Physician referral is required. Call 706/774-5864 for more information.
Certified diabetes educators provide medical, educational and emotional support to help young patients and their families learn to manage diabetes on a day-to-day basis. Individual outpatient counseling includes diet instruction. Physician referral is not required. Call Diabetes Services at 706/868-3241.