The region’s undisputed leader in children’s health care
Hurley Medical Center has developed a pediatric program of exceptional quality and national recognition. We provide the most outstanding clinical care for our region’s children and their families. In order to provide our children with the very best physicians, nurses, and treatment options available, not only now but in the future, we have Hurley Children’s Hospital, the premier pediatric medical facility in the region.
This leading-edge facility, located within Hurley Medical Center, delivers the latest technologies and today’s most innovative treatments, eliminating the need for families to travel far from home for specialized services. In addition, it has been designed around the comfort and well-being of our patients and their families, and specializes in patient- and family-centered care.
A medical center of excellence for our community’s children
- The region’s only Pediatric Emergency Area: A special place just for children’s emergency needs allow us to be more equipped than ever to provide the highest level of specialized emergency and trauma care to seriously ill or injured children. Specifically designed with children in mind, our Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is the only pediatric emergency center in the region.
- The region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): Our highly-specialized PICU delivers the highest level of critical care to patients ranging in age from newborns to 20 years old who are critically ill or who will become critically ill or injured.
- The region’s only Burn Unit: Our Burn Unit is the only facility in the region to provide burn care from injury to recovery for children. One of only six such units in the state, it serves a wide region across central and northern Michigan. Together with our Level 1 Trauma Center and PICU, our Burn Unit is staffed by physicians, nurses and other medical personnel specially trained in the unique medical and emotional needs of children.
- Hemophilia Treatment Center: One of nine federally- and privately-funded centers in Michigan, our Eastern Michigan Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders provides complete medical management and home care services to children with bleeding and clotting disorders such as hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, platelet disorders, thrombosis and thrombophilia.
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Since 1990, Hurley has been designated a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®, a system of 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada that is dedicated to providing the very best care for sick and injured children. Hurley Medical Center was invited to join this group of special hospitals in 1990 because we were recognized as providing the best pediatric-centered care in our region to every child who needs it, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
We’re taking action to keep children out of the hospital
- Hurley Children’s Clinic at the Flint Farmers’ Market: Over 11,000 children visit Hurley Children’s Clinic annually, which directly supports our Children’s Hospital goal of keeping the communities we serve healthy and out of the hospital. Playing a critical role in our community, Hurley Children’s Clinic is committed to providing state-of-the art medical services to sick and injured children.
- Child Abuse Prevention: Child abuse and neglect are serious problems in our community and we are committed to stopping these potentially fatal events. The most important action is to identify these cases and intervene as quickly as possible so that the abusive cycle can be stopped. Our Children’s Hospital has on staff one of only six board certified child abuse specialists in Michigan.
- Injury Prevention: To get life-saving information out into the community, our Injury Prevention team members are constantly reaching out to the people of Flint and beyond, teaching them how they can prevent injuries. Partnering with schools, police and fire departments, community groups, car dealerships, and countless local businesses, our Injury Prevention Programs are making great strides at promoting safe habits and keeping our community’s children healthy.
- Hurley Center for Health Outcomes: Childhood obesity is far too prevalent in Flint and we are committed to changing that. Our Hurley Center for Health Outcomes is committed to helping people control diabetes, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, and live healthier lifestyles. We talk to children and their families about their health and conduct screenings which can identify potential problems or conditions.
- Child Life Services: Child Life Services provides emotional support for our pediatric patients from birth to young adulthood. These caring, compassionate professionals recognize that undergoing treatments and procedures, and just being in the hospital, is often a very scary experience for children. By interacting one-on-one with our young patients, Child Life specialists assess each child’s needs and provide interventions.
The region’s only Level III NICU
Each year nearly 1,000 babies are born prematurely or critically ill, either at Hurley Medical Center or in the surrounding 3-county area. For the best chance of survival, these fragile lives require the expert, highly-specialized critical care available only from Hurley Medical Center’s Level III NICU.
The highest level of expertise, the most advanced technology, and a dedicated and caring staff
Being designated a Level III NICU facility means that our entire NICU staff—neonatologists (specialists in sick or premature newborns), perinatologists (specialists in high-risk pregnancies), NICU nurses, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapy nurse specialists—have the state-of-the-art knowledge and technology needed to care for these premature or very sick newborns.
Life-saving transport capabilities for premature or very sick newborns
We not only care for the infants born here at Hurley Medical Center but also for ones born at other hospitals who become very sick. If one of these infants needs critical care, transporting him/her to Hurley is particularly challenging. To make the trip as medically safe as possible, our transport team—a neonatologist, NICU nurse, nurse practitioner, and respiratory therapist—travels to the transferring hospital, stabilizes the baby, and transports him/her here to Hurley’s NICU.
Hurley perinatologists in our Maternal Fetal Medicine Department deliver highly specialized care to both mother and fetus—throughout a high-risk pregnancy and delivery—all the way to Hurley’s Level III NICU.
To help parents adjust to their newborn, we encourage them to participate in the care of their baby—hands-on touch and diaper changing—even if the baby is very preterm. We especially want mothers to be involved because babies know their mother’s voice and this is comforting to them. Even preterm babies need that close contact with mom.
Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Throughout Hurley Medical Center, one of our guiding principles is Patient- and Family-Centered Care. In Hurley’s Level III NICU, this means that parents are involved in all aspects of their baby’s care. We encourage parents to stay closely involved in everything we do, including decisions about the baby’s treatment.
In the NICU, you choose your visitors.
Hurley Medical Center was one of the first hospitals to open our visitation to include whomever the parents choose. Siblings (age 16 and older), grandparents, ministers, neighbors, friends—you choose the support people you would like to visit you and your baby. Visitors must be accompanied by a designated support person/parent with an ID band. Two visitors are welcome at the infants bedside at one time.