Pediatric physicians in Bay County
The Children's Center at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center provides the area's most comprehensive pediatric program. We provide you and your family access to pediatric doctors in numerous specialties, from pediatric cardiology to pediatric orthopedics. Additionally, our 12-bed pediatric specialty unit is the only unit of its kind in the area.
Our team is dedicated to providing family-centered care and partnering with you and your child throughout treatment and healing.
For more information about our pediatric services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (850) 747-3600.
We realize children have unique medical needs that require specialized attention. We provide private rooms with toys and games for all age groups, as well as beds for parents. We encourage you to take an active part in the comprehensive care of your child.
We provide a wide range of pediatric healthcare services, including:
Pediatric emergency care
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center opened the first pediatric emergency room (ER) in the Greater Panama City area. Our pediatric ER provides immediate treatment to children of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Additionally, we offer the region's only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In this unit, we care for infants, children and adolescents who are critically ill or injured.
We offer inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Our pediatric-trained therapists have experience working with children with a variety of conditions. They work with you and your child to create a custom treatment plan to maximize your child's abilities.
If your child needs sedation to help with a procedure, they will have access to our specialized pediatric sedation services. We may use sedation during imaging tests and surgical procedures, such as:
- Computed tomography (CT) scans
- Electroencephalograms (EEGs)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
The purpose of this medicine is to decrease your child's level of alertness to a comfortable and safe level. Sedation also decreases anxiety and can help temporarily decrease pain. Throughout any procedure requiring sedation, your child can breathe on their own. They will wake up with light to moderate stimulation.
For more information about pediatric sedation, please call our pediatric sedation team at (850) 767-2220.
Child life program
The goal of our child life program is to keep your child as comfortable as possible during treatment. To achieve this, we equip you and your child with supportive and positive methods of coping. We also offer opportunities for play, enabling your little one to continue to grow and learn during hospitalization.
Our child life services include:
- Behavior management assistance
- Bereavement support
- Creative art activities
- Developmentally supportive play
- Diagnosis teaching and medical education
- Family support, education and supportive conversation
- Medical play/rehearsal
- Pain, symptom and stress management
- Preparation and support for procedures
- Provision of recreational materials
- Schoolwork coordination and assistance
- Sensory stimulation
- Sibling support and education
- Support for admission, transfer and discharge
- Therapeutic and recreational groups
- Teaching of coping strategies
- Volunteer coordination