Our youngest patients no longer need to leave El Paso to access the best pediatric cardiac medical care. A full array of diagnostic testing, like that performed on adults, is available.In addition, many patients undergo treatment in the Cath Lab, eliminating the need for heart surgery.
Specially-trained technicians and nurses work in the non-invasive area of Cardiology as well as in the Cath Lab. Two board-certified Pediatric Cardiologists work together to provide care to our pediatric patients.
Pediatric Cath and Intervention
Since 2003, Providence Memorial Hospital has had the only pediatric cardiac cath lab in El Paso and remains the only facility in El Paso to meet the needs of our pediatric patients with heart problems. Much of our time and training has gone into perfecting treatments offered to these patients.
For additional information on cardiac care, call (915) 577-6011.
Diagnostics & Treatment
A small catheter is inserted into the arteries or veins through the groin area and navigated to the heart. Once there, pressures are recorded. Small samples of blood are obtained to measure oxygen levels. Contrast, sometimes called "dye," is injected into these chambers to visualize how the flow is routed thru the heart. Since many of the reasons for a pediatric patient to have a heart cath center around congenital heart defects, the mapping of the flow is critical. All together, this information helps the pediatric Cardiologist make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Many of these birth defects can be treated right here in El Paso in what is called a "minimally" invasive manner, meaning non-surgically. Examples are called:
Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – This is where a hole exists between the right and left upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Treatment: A procedure has been developed to close the defect without surgery. The procedure involves placing an ASD closure device into the heart through tubes called catheters. The physician makes a tiny cut in the groin, then inserts the catheters into a blood vessel and up into the heart.
The closure device is then placed across the ASD and the defect is closed.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) - is a condition in which a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus fails to close normally in an infant after birth. (The word "patent" means open.) The condition leads to abnormal blood flow between the aorta and pulmonary artery, two major blood vessels surrounding the heart. Treatment: Through a small catheter, the doctor passes a small metal coil through the catheter to the site of the PDA. This blocks blood flow through the vessel. This has shown to be an excellent alternative to surgery. There are numerous other conditions such as Aortic and Pulmonary stenosis, where abnormal valves result in blockage, which can also be treated through minimally invasive procedures in the Cath Lab by our award-winning team.
For additional information on cardiac care, call (915) 577-6011.
The Children's Specialty Clinics at Providence were founded in 1987 to help children and their families cope with chronic medical conditions without having to leave El Paso. These specialty clinics provide diagnostic, preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative treatment in a clinical setting for children who need short or long-term care. Appointments are scheduled on an outpatient basis to accommodate a family's work and school schedules.
The Emergency Department at The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are staffed with specially-trained physicians and registered nursing staff. During the hours of 10 am to 10 pm, the Emergency Department operates a “Fast Track” area staffed with medical and nursing providers and an emergency department physician overseeing the department to handle non-emergent illnesses and injuries. After a child is seen and discharged from the Emergency Department, a summary of the patient's visit is faxed to the child’s pediatrician to maintain communication among caregivers to include tests performed and treatment rendered. For more information on the Emergency Services at The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence, call (915) 577-6011.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and adolescents with:
Thyroid, adrenal and pituitary diseases
Disorders of growth and pubertal development
Diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia and metabolic syndrome
Disorders of mineral metabolism
Since diabetes mellitus (both Type 1 and Type 2) can have a profound effect on the life of a child and his/her family. Teams of physicians, nurses, certified diabetes educators, social workers and nutritionists in our hospital employ a multidisciplinary approach to provide medical care, education and support to our patients and their caregivers.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides inpatient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional disorders in infants, children and adolescents. Typical patient digestive issues and disorders include: abdominal pain, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux, diarrhea and malabsorption syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal bleeding. Liver diseases include jaundice, hyperbilirubinemia, viral and autoimmune hepatitis, liver failure, neonatal cholestasis and metabolic liver disease. Nutritional diseases include failure to thrive, feeding disorders, short bowel syndrome and obesity. Evaluations and treatment include specialized enteral and parenteral nutrition.
Board Certified Pediatric Surgeons utilize customized pediatric surgery instruments, including special scopes, video systems and specialized surgical trays, for minimally invasive surgery. We also offer a stealth station image guidance platform for use in pediatric neurosurgery. The equipment, supplies and instrumentation provided are specific to the pediatric population which is essential for a safe care of our patients. We provide multiple specialty services for pediatric surgery including minimally invasive surgery, urological surgery, general surgery, neuro surgery, orthopedic, plastic, cardiovascular, dental, GI and opthamology. Many of these specialized surgeons are pediatric board certified in their field of expertise. Moreover, Providence Memorial Hospital has a board certified group of anesthesiologist to provide care for pediatric patients undergoing general anesthesia. The Perioperative staff in the Surgical suites as well in the Recovery Room which is comprised of RNs who are certified through AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses) as well as ASPAN ( Association of Post Anesthesia Nurses), are educated and trained to provide safe care for the pediatric population. In addition, the Certified Operating Room Technicians are highly skilled and proficient to provide care and support of the pediatric surgeon during the intraoperative phase.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides comprehensive genetic evaluations of patients with birth defects, developmental delay, suspected genetic abnormalities, family histories of genetic disorders and adult onset genetic diseases. Our laboratory offers a consultation service to clinicians and oncologists and has developed expertise in solid tumor and hematologic oncology alterations.
The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence is the leading provider in comprehensive, diagnostic and therapeutic services for cancer and blood disorders. Jungleville is the unit at the Regional Children’s Hospital that provides care for children with cancer and blood disorders. The staff is specially trained to treat these children. Our dedicated unit opened in 2001. The 14 bed unit provides safe and compassionate care in a family supportive environment. Each patient and family receives the full attention of the expert team which includes oncologists, pediatric certified oncology registered nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacists, educators, phlebotomists, physical therapists, dietitians, child life specialists and certified nurse assistants. The advanced oncology program includes chemotherapy transfusions, hydration therapy, bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture. The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence also offers specialized nurses to administer moderate sedation for bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture. The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence also has a pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient clinic that cares for these children on an outpatient basis. For more information on cancer care, call (915) 577-6011.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with suspected or proven infectious diseases. Our staff cares for children with a range of problems including common infections, life-threatening infections, recurrent infections, infections due to resistant bacteria and fevers of unknown origin or other diagnostic enigmas. In addition, we treat complex infections in patients with compromised defenses.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence care for critically ill newborns requiring the expertise of staff trained to treat the smallest, sickest and most fragile babies. Our NICU opened in 1975 and now cares for more than 500 newborns each year. The NICU is a 35 bed unit that provides safe and compassionate care in a family supportive environment. Each NICU patient and family received the full attention of the expert NICU team which includes neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal intensive care registered nurses, certified respiratory therapists, neonatal transport coordinator, neonatal educator, social workers, physical therapists, dietitians, child life specialist and NICU nannies. This specially trained team cares for a wide range of illnesses to include prematurity, infection, respiratory distress, complex birth defects and newborns requiring surgical interventions. Our services include a Neonatal Emergency Transport Team that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This specialized team consists of Neonatal registered nurses and respiratory therapists that transport seriously ill newborns from other hospitals that require our specialized services.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is an important part of The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence. It is designed specifically for children who are critically ill, injured, unstable, or who need to receive certain medications that can be given only under close monitored supervision. Our PICU has special equipment to monitor and support your child, along with a structured environment to ensure the best care for your child. Our critical care physician, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric certified physical therapist, pediatric clinical pharmacologist and other interdisciplinary team members are dedicated to the PICU and are specifically in tune to the needs of the children under their care. Our specialized team cares for children with a wide range of illnesses to include, but not limited to, severe infections, drug overdose, extensive surgery, congenital abnormalities, diabetes, severe breathing problems, certain heart defects and near drowning.
Many pediatric patients at other hospitals in the region who face a medical condition requiring critical care are transferred to The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence by a mobile care unit known as our PETT team (Pediatric Emergency Transport Team). Our specialized trained team consists of our Unit Director, Transport Coordinator, Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurses, and Certified Respiratory Therapists. This specialized team is available 24/7, 365 days a year, ready to be activated and care for the sickest children in our community and the southwest region.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence is one of the area's leading providers of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic programs for acute and chronic disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Programs respond to the individual medical and psychological needs of children with conditions including:
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Tics and other movement disorders
- Neonatal neurology problems (neonatal seizures, perinatal asphyxia)
- Neurometabolic and neurogenetic diseases
- Migraine and other chronic headaches
- Spasticity in conditions such as cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy, neuropathies and other neuromuscular disorders
- Mental retardation, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) and other learning disabilities
- Neurological sleep disorders
- EMG (electromyography)
- Botox injections for spasticity
- Sleep disorder evaluation/sleep studies
- Invasive monitoring with subdural grids for intractable epilepsy
- New antiepileptic drugs and special diets for the treatment of epilepsy
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides comprehensive eye care for children. Diagnosis and treatment are performed using medical and surgical methods. Specialists coordinate the care of children with routine and complex ocular disorders. They also evaluate and treat vision problems and reading disorders. Areas of special expertise include:
- Ptosis surgery
- Strabismus surgery and amblyopia treatment
- Congenital cataracts
- Tearing problems
- Pediatric glaucoma management
- Evaluation of the visual aspects of learning disorders
- Examination of premature infants for retinopathy of prematurity Other special areas of interest include ophthalmological manifestations of systemic, metabolic neurologic diseases in children.
The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence provides specialized care and treatment of problems of bones and joints in infants, children and adolescents. Children with multiple problems are treated comprehensively to include:
- Bone and joint infections
- Congenital abnormalities of the limbs and spine
- Hip disorders, such as congenital hip dislocation and slipped capital femoral epiphysis
- Spine deformities, such as scoliosis and spondylolisthesis
- Foot deformities, such as clubfeet
- Neuromuscular problems, primarily cerebral palsy and myelomeningocele
- Simple and complex fractures and dislocations
The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence Imaging Department (Radiology) offers some of the latest technology in all areas of imaging that produce high quality diagnostic studies at the safest radiation dose possible. We electronically manage and store imaging studies.
All of our technologists and physicians are board certified in their specialty and are accredited by the American College of Radiology in Ultrasound and MRI. All services in the department are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. To schedule an appointment, call (915) 577-SPHN.
Our services provided are as follows:
- General Diagnostic Radiology
- (Non-emergent Fluoroscopy exams must be scheduled.)
- X-Rays and Fluoroscopy (Upper GI, Barium Enema, Cystogram etc.)
- Unscheduled plain X-Rays
- CAT Scan
- (Non-emergent CT Scan exams must be scheduled.)
- Cardiac CT and CT Guided Interventional procedures
- Low Radiation Dose (ASIR) CAT Scan (available only at Providence
- (Non-emergent Ultrasound exams must be scheduled.)
- General Abdomen
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Ultrasound guided Interventional Procedures (biopsies, drainages etc.)
- Nuclear Medicine
- (Non-emergent Nuclear Medicine exams must be scheduled.)
- Oncology Imaging
- Nuclear Cardiology
- Bone Scan
- Abdominal Organ
- Pulmonary Imaging
- (Non-emergent MRI exams must be scheduled.)
- Neurological Scans (Brain and Spine)
- Pediatric Sedation Available
- Interventional Radiology
- (Non-emergent Interventional Radiology exams must be scheduled.) Angiography
Peripherally Inserted Central Lines (PICC)
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The Respiratory Care Department is a full-service department providing respiratory care support to Providence Memorial Hospital and The Regional Children’s Hospital at Providence on a twenty-four hour basis, seven days a week. Respiratory care services are provided to all inpatient and outpatient care areas, and critical care areas to include ICU, CCU, PICU, NICU, Emergency Department, Telemetry and IMC. The department has seven respiratory therapists that are members of the Pediatric Emergency Transport Team (PETT) and Neonatal Emergency Transport Team (NETT).
Respiratory Care services include:
- Assess and Treat Respiratory Protocol (Adult/Pediatric/ED)
- High Flow Oxygen Therapy
- Asthma Education
- Asthma Camp, Community and School Education Support
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Pulmonary Stress Testing
- Conventional Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal Mechanical Ventilation
- MRI Compatible Mechanical Ventilation
- In-house Transport
- Neonatal to Adult High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV)
- High Frequency Chest Oscillation (HFCO)
- Non-Invasive Ventilatory Support (Vision BiPAP, V-60, PB-840)
- Bubble CPAP
- Nitric Oxide Administration
- Clinical Capnography (ETCO2)<
- Pulse Oximetry (and Nocturnal Trend Recording)
- PH Study, Pneumocardiogram and Apnea Monitoring
- Blood Gas Analysis with Co-oximetry, Electrolytes, Glucose and Lactate Analysis
- Chestphysiotherapy (Chest Percussion and Postural Drainage)
- Helium/Oxygen (Heliox) Therapy
- Code Blue/Code Green/Rapid Response/Code Heart Team Member
- Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB) Therapy
- Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection/Sputum Induction
- Pentamidine, Pulmozyme, TOBI Aerosol Therapy
- Peak Flow, Vital Capacity and Negative Insp. Force Monitoring
- Small Volume Nebulizer (SVN) and Continuous SVN Therapy
- Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Instruction
Urology is the medical and surgical specialty that focuses on the treatment of problems with the urinary tract and bladder, which includes the organs involved in reproduction and in making and emptying urine. The Regional Children's Hospital at Providence treats a wide variety of urologic problems in children and adolescents. We treat all problems in the internal and external genital systems of boys and girls, such as undescended testes and other scrotal problems in boys, testicular torsion, and ambiguous genitalia, as well as other disorders of sexual development. We also care for children with adrenal, kidney, ureter, bladder and urethral problems and cancers that occur within the urogenital tract.
Specific conditions we treat include:
- Bladder and kidney infections - urinary tract infection
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Neurogenic bladder
- Exstrophy of the bladder
- Bladder and bowel (elimination) dysfunction
- Obstructive uropathy and hydronephrosis
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Hypospadias and epispadias
- Inguinal hernias and hydroceles
- Undescended testicles
- Testicular torsion
- Ambiguous genitalia – disorders of sexual development
- Tumors of the kidney, bladder, prostate and testicles