“We like to have our kids on a pediatric floor for lots of reasons, but I don’t have concerns about the care they’re getting (at CVPH). It’s the same staff taking care of our patients, and we have all the equipment needed.
“The hospital is in a tight spot now because of needing more beds for adults,” she added. “Because our pediatric census is low in the summertime, it made sense to use some of the empty beds on the pediatric floor for adults.”
Moore praised the hospital’s pediatric wing for its location near the maternity ward, its quiet atmosphere and its child-friendly decorations, but she said the care her patients receive on the regular floors has not changed.
“The care is the same,” she said, “no matter what floor they are on.”
Hayes also praised the efforts of area pediatricians to provide quality care in the region, noting that reduced patient numbers at the hospital are helped by the availability of doctors at their offices during evening, weekend and emergency hours.
Children who need more intensive care are typically transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, which has an Infant and Children’s Intensive-Care Unit.
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