At West Boca Medical Center, we know that children aren’t simply little adults. Our medical staff is enhanced by more than 80 affiliated, board-certified pediatric specialists and subspecialists with expertise in treating a wide range of illnesses and injuries affecting children. Together, we support parents while we give children the highly specialized medical care they need to flourish.
West Boca Medical Center is a recent recipient of South Florida Parenting’s 2011 Kids Crown Awards for Best Pediatric Hospital in Palm Beach County and Best Emergency Room. This is the fifth consecutive year that West Boca Medical Center has been voted as having the Best Emergency Room by South Florida Parenting readers, earning the hospital entry into the publication’s Hall of Fame.
“West Boca Medical Center makes it a priority to bring high quality pediatric services to Palm Beach County, and we are honored that South Florida Parenting readers recognize West Boca Medical Center as the Best Pediatric Hospital in Palm Beach County and the place to come for the Best Emergency Room," said Mitch Feldman, chief executive officer of West Boca Medical Center.
As your community hospital, West Boca Medical Center is here to help. When kids are sick, they need the attention of people who understand their special needs. Our healthcare professionals have experience in treating a wide range of illnesses and injuries affecting children. Our medical staff is enhanced by more than 80 affiliated pediatric specialists. From Pediatric Orthopedics to Pediatric Sleep Medicine to Pediatric Pulmonary Disease, we are here to help our smallest patients. Together, we support parents while we give children the highly specialized medical care they need to flourish.
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Some newborns need a little extra care. West Boca’s NICU is for those special deliveries. Our NICU is a level III facility, which means it can provide the most extensive services to premature and at-risk babies. It is the only level III NICU in North Broward County and Boca Raton.
Babies treated in the NICU are infants who haven’t yet gone home from the hospital after being born. They’ve likely been born premature, experienced difficulties during delivery or have signs of a problem early on in their life.
In the NICU, babies receive care tailored to their condition, which often includes special feeding schedules, medications and tests. The NICU is led by a neonatologist, a doctor specializing in newborn intensive care. Also involved may be other doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists and others. Though doctors make diagnoses, NICU nurses have close, frequent contact with patients and are a valuable source of information and reassurance. The entire NICU health care team works to provide the best care for sick or at-risk newborns, while they foster your bonding with your baby.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
West Boca’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is designed to give the sickest children the highest level of care. A child may be admitted to the PICU after major surgery, an accident, severe asthma attack or other incident. The length of stay depends on the child’s condition, and might range from a single day to several months.
The PICU is led by a pediatric intensivist, a doctor who completed a three-year residency in pediatrics after medical school followed by years of subspecialty fellowship training in intensive care. Also involved may be other doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists and others. The PICU commonly has a higher ratio of nurses to patients than the hospital’s main medical floors, allowing for extremely thorough nursing care. The entire PICU health care team works to provide quality care for critically ill children, while they aid you and your family.
Pediatric Emergency Department
Instead of sitting in a crowded waiting room surrounded by adults, a child coming to West Boca for emergency care is comforted by a separate waiting area just for kids.
In fact, our goal is for a health care professional to see your child in 30 minutes or less. The pediatric ER treats newborns up to children 18 years of age. Doctors and nurses from the pediatric emergency medicine department work closely with the emergency department to stabilize patients. With their experience and focus, they look, listen and read the cues to determine what their young patients can’t tell them. After being treated, patients are often able to go home. If they require additional care after being stabilized, they are transferred to a specialized unit. We strive to provide quality care and achieve highest levels of patient satisfaction. We are committed to this goal and to exceeding your expectations.
Pediatric Sleep Diagnostic Center
Unfortunately, about 25 percent of children experience some type of sleep problem, ranging from loud snoring, difficulty falling asleep and night waking to more serious disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia or narcolepsy. Upwards of one-third of elementary school-age children and 40 percent of adolescents have significant sleep complaints. Inadequate, disrupted, poor-quality, non-restful and at times elusive sleep constitutes one of the most common complaints raised by parents to pediatricians. The consequences can be serious, and range from behavioral concerns and academic failure to delayed growth, failure to thrive and cardiovascular problems.
Many sleep disorders in children and adolescents are treatable with highly effective medical and behavioral interventions. At West Boca's Pediatric Sleep Diagnostic Center, a highly trained pediatric sleep specialist meets with parents and child to discuss sleep issues and develop an individualized treatment plan. Learn more >>
Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center
Some children require therapy following an accident or during a challenging stage of development. Difficulties or delays in skill development often should be evaluated. Early intervention is important, because children can benefit the most during the first few years of life. At West Boca's Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center, we provide therapies at the right time to make a difference in your child’s life. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and feeding therapy.
General Pediatric Services Unit
It’s not always emergencies that bring children to the hospital. Our General Pediatric Services Unit is the place to go for skilled basic pediatric health care. It's a place you can count on for quality care to meet a variety of needs. Our staff is comprised of highly trained doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to ensure well-rounded, child-centered care.
From preventative care and immunizations to sports physicals and sore throats, this unit caters to making sure your children grow up healthy and strong.