Inpatient Pediatric Service
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital offers an Inpatient Pediatric Service (IPS) specializing in the care of hospitalized children. The IPS consists of a group of full time, board-certified pediatricians who function as an extension of a primary care physician and are available to provide 24-hour, on-site personalized care to hospitalized children at Mary Bridge.
The Mary Bridge IPS is also available to regional providers and sub-specialists in a consultative role. Admission to IPS is completely optional and referring providers are not required to have privileges at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital to access this service.
Benefits to Patients and Physicians
Our Inpatient Pediatric Service provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for a wide range of complex diseases and injuries in children.
- Available to all patients and physicians
- All clinical care provided by specially trained pediatric staff
- 24-hour-a-day, on-site pediatric care for hospitalized children
- 24-hour-a-day on-site pediatrician available for assessment of hospitalized children
- Seamless transition from outpatient to inpatient care, with frequent updates, follow up and detailed discharge summaries, providing transition back to the referring physician
- Family Centered Rounds
Keeping the Child's Primary Care Provider Informed
Mary Bridge IPS physicians work with a child's primary care provider (PCP), nurses, and when necessary, pediatric specialists, to help guide a family through their child's hospital stay. The PCP will be updated regularly throughout the child's inpatient treatment. Upon discharge, a child is returned to the care of his or her PCP along with a discharge summary and a follow up phone call.
Family Centered Care Difference
Mary Bridge is a full service, inpatient hospital with a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Medical-Surgical Unit, offering child and family-centered care through a pediatric team. Mary Bridge is also the state-designated Level II Pediatric Trauma Center for Western Washington. At Mary Bridge, we understand that when a child is ill, it affects the whole family. Parents are an important part of their child’s care team, which is why our IPS attending physicians conduct rounds in the child’s room with the family present whenever possible.
Referring providers, call Mary Bridge Children's Hospital House Supervisor for admissions: 253-377-3623
IPS Pager: 253-280-3281
IPS Office: 253-403-3602
The inpatient pediatric unit at Good Samaritan Hospital is teamed up with Mary Bridge IPS for 24-hour care of hospitalized children. Families of East Pierce County can get care closer to home through this partnership that keeps their primary care provider connected every step of the way.
Referring providers, call for admissions:IPS at Good Samaritan Hospital pager: 253-597-4626
Pediatric Unit: 253-697-5810