The Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah is the only children's hospital in southeast Georgia. From the tiniest preemies to the toughest teens, we offer a variety of crucial services. Our expert team provides well-child visits, comprehensive rehabilitation services, surgical care, hematology/oncology, critical care, disease management, child life services and much more.
For questions, please call (912) 350-7337.
Pediatric inpatient unit
The Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah cares for more than 50,000 children each year.
Our 20-bed pediatric unit has a team of specially trained physicians, nurses and child life specialists. We strive to provide state-of-the-art care in a child and family friendly environment. Children in this unit may have anything from a stomach bug and dehydration to an infection requiring IV antibiotics. The medical care team on this unit is equipped to deal with a wide variety of childhood illnesses and injuries.
Pediatric special care unit
Our 22-bed pediatric special care unit (PSU) is for children who need to stay in the hospital to receive cancer treatment or recover from surgery. The PSU team includes specially certified hematology/oncology physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and child life specialists. They work together to ensure the best possible outcome for every child.
Pediatric group therapy
Many children respond well to interactions and challenges when they are with other children their own age. Activities that were once difficult or frustrating become enjoyable and easier to accomplish when they’re part of group play. Opportunities to enhance social interaction, communication and mobility frequently develop throughout group interaction.
Therapists at the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah use group therapy to address a variety of needs, including speech/language, oral motor, gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor, handwriting and augmentative/alternative communication.
Children are enrolled in groups based on their age and needs. The group may serve as an adjunct to individual treatment or it may be all the child needs to promote success. Groups typically range in size from two to eight children.
Occasionally, children must undergo procedures that require them to remain perfectly still. To help with this, the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah offers sedation services administered by a team that includes a pediatric intensivist, anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, pediatric nurses, a pediatric respiratory therapist and a child life specialist. We have organized a child and family friendly way to reduce the pain and stress of sedation procedures. Before any sedation procedure, we meet with the child and parents to answer any questions they may have.
Children should not eat or drink anything for six hours before sedation. A short-lasting, fast-acting sedation is delivered through an IV. When the child is asleep, we are able to complete the necessary medical procedure. When the procedure is over, the child recovers rapidly and can usually resume normal daily activities within an hour.
Contact the pediatric sedation team
Sedation services are available Monday through Friday for radiology procedures, hematology/oncology procedures, Botox injection and other invasive procedures.
To schedule an appointment or speak to a pediatric sedation specialist, call (912) 350-7460.
If your child is acutely ill, he/she should not be sedated. If your child develops a cough, cold, fever, congestion, vomiting, wheezing or diarrhea two days before his/her scheduled procedure/test, your appointment should be rescheduled.
Eating and drinking guidelines
When patients receive sedation/anesthesia, their bodies and digestive system relax. If there is any food or liquid in the stomach, patients are at risk for vomiting, which could get into the lungs and cause a life-threatening situation. In order to sedate your child safely, it is very important that you follow the rules for fasting provided to you by the pediatric sedation team.
In general, medicines can be taken as scheduled with a small sip of water. However, a nurse will go over the medications with you and answer any questions that you may have one to two days before the child’s scheduled appointment.
What to expect after sedation/anesthesia
You should avoid letting your child do anything that may require coordination or quick response the rest of the day. Please do not let your child return to school or daycare on this day as he/she will need to rest following the procedure. The following activities should be also avoided:
- Walking up or down stairs
- Riding a bike, skateboard, ATV, etc.
- Playing ball
- Driving a car
Plan your visit
When a child needs medical care, it can be a stressful time for the entire family. At the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, we specialize in meeting the needs of every person involved. We are happy to answer your questions, provide educational resources, and refer you to additional services that you may need. When you have a question about your child's care, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here for all of you.
Ronald McDonald House®
Savannah’s Ronald McDonald House® serves as a home-away-from-home for families of injured or sick children receiving treatment at the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital.