WellStar Health System is expanding the quality and accessibility of pediatric care in Northwest Georgia. WellStar Pediatric Center opened its doors in Kennesaw July 7, offering a range of medical services specifically designed for patients from newborns up to 21 years old.
Families in Northwest Georgia often travel long distances to receive pediatric care tailored for young patients. With WellStar Pediatric Center, families can stay close to home and receive a wide range of services. Patients will have access to low-dose radiation imaging tests, sports injury rehabilitation, pediatrician office visits and after-hours care.
Surrounded by aquatic décor and caring team members, pediatric patients will enjoy playing with kid-friendly technology including an interactive fish tank wall in the waiting room. The center’s specially trained pediatric experts include radiologists, pediatricians, subspecialists, physical therapists and supportive child life specialists – professionals who guide and reassure children and their parents during tests and procedures. Pharmacy services will also be available as a benefit to save parents an additional trip to the pharmacy for commonly prescribed medicines.
Children often do not understand medical tests – something that may cause anxiety or scare them. At WellStar Pediatric Center, a child-sized CT, known as a “kitten Scanner,” paired with an interactive cartoon will allow young kids to scan an alligator, a robot and other toys. They’ll see the scan of the toy on the screen and hear the story of how the toy ended up needing the scan.
Once in the imaging suite, children will be soothed by choosing a living projection of environments such as a seascape view from a submarine window or a cartoon jungle scene with monkeys and zebras. Accompanying music and natural light will further set the scene with the goal of making the patients as comfortable as possible.
The OrthoSport WellStar Rehabilitation area will feature the use of a low-impact Hydro Track, an underwater treadmill that cuts recovery time in half in a safe environment.