It's not a big place, but that's a good thing as he gets immediate attention, like one-on-one nursing, and that's what I really love about it.
- Steve's Mom
They were just as adamant caring for Melissa as a big sister as they were caring for John as a patient here.
- John's Mom
The Maryville Children's Healthcare Center provides long term acute care for medically fragile children, also known as medically complex, as well as children who have suffered an accident or illness and now require transitional care.
When a medically fragile, or medically complex child is ready to leave a traditional hospital setting but the home environment is not yet ready, the Children's Healthcare Center can provide the transitional care needed. The child receives appropriate medical care allowing time for parents, family members and caregivers to be trained and to prepare the home environment to welcome the child.
The Maryville Children's Healthcare Center provides respite care for medically fragile, or medically complex children and technology dependent (e.g., ventilator care, apnea monitoring) children with the Illinois Home and Community based waiver, for up to 14 days.
When there is a need in the family, from medical issues, family emergencies, loss of home nursing care, vacations, or just a much needed break to get sleep or rest, your child can stay with us.
Services and Training
Your child will receive the best possible care including:
• 24-hour a day skilled nursing care, including:
o Ventilator care
o Apnea monitoring
o Trach care
o PICC line care & IV medications
o Post-op care
o G tube/button care and changes
o Oxygen and/or high humidity
o CNS monitoring
o Wound care/dressing changes
• 24-hour on-call physician services
• In-house dietary services including dietitian and cook.
• Full service pharmacy.
• Bi-lingual staff
• Specialized training by our nursing staff so parents/caregivers can
provide the needed care for their medically fragile child once they
• Full continuum of care including:
o Coordination of appointments with doctors and therapists
(parental attendance required on visits), and
o Transportation via Maryville transport.
As part of the transitional care and training, it is critical for caregivers to learn to transport their medically fragile, or medically complex child to doctors and therapists. The Center staff demonstrates the equipment needs, including back-up equipment, how to transport the child, and the time needed to coordinate the transport. By including caregivers in the process, they are better able to do this on their own when their child returns home.
Additionally, keeping doctor and therapist appointments improves the child's care resulting in reduced future hospital stays. As part of the transitional care and training, we teach care management to decrease any need for crisis management.
While a medically fragile child is in the care of the Center, the parent/caregiver is welcome to stay in one of our parent bedrooms, to not only be close to their child, but also to make the training they receive convenient.