A wide range of services are provided to pediatric patients
requiring hospitalization. Among the many problems
treated are acute respiratory and cardiac illnesses, the
complications of asthma and diabetes, gastrointestinal and
neurological disorders, and infectious diseases.
team of pediatricians, specialists, and nurses
address each childís unique medical needs. Social workers
and teachers also provide an important dimension to
the care-giving process, offering bedside and classroom
instruction, as well as activity therapy.
A certified Child Life Specialist helps these children
alleviate their fears and resolve potential problems
through recreational and educational activities. Weekly
visits by The Big Apple Circus ClownCare™ program are
an important part of the recovery process.
PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CENTER
Bronx-Lebanonís Pediatric Asthma Center is providing a
breath of fresh air for children suffering from this disease.
Asthma rates in the Bronx are among the highest in the
nation, with almost one in four children affected. The
Asthma Centerís Pediatric and Adult Allergists, Pediatricians,
Asthma Educators, and Program Managers are helping
patients and families gain control over the disease and
live fuller, more active lives.
Significant progress is being made in reducing the need for ER visits and subsequent
hospitalizations related to asthma episodes, as well as
Bronx-Lebanonís partnership with the South Bronx Asthma
Partnership (SOBRAP) serves as an important contributor
to the health educational efforts in the community. Bronx-
Lebanon is also the lead organization in this partnership
of 60 community agencies. SOBRAP offers an opportunity
for patients and providers to learn strategies that improve
JUVENILE DIABETES PROGRAM
Bronx-Lebanonís unique ďSugar Babes PlaceĒ pediatric
diabetes program continues to be most successful in
responding to the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in
children. The program focuses on monitoring, stabilizing,
and reducing diabetic complications. It is empowering
patients with juvenile diabetes, through self-management
and peer education, to take control of their disease.
Patients are provided state-of-the-art care with the use
of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.
The Pediatrics Department works closely with the
Orthopaedics team in identifying and treating bone and joint
problems in children. These include scoliosis, an abnormal
curving of the spine that often affects adolescent girls
and club-foot, an abnormality usually present at birth, as
well as fractures caused by minor falls, sports injuries, and
Autism is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder
in the United States, affecting approximately one in 110
children (one in 70 boys). It is primarily a genetic disorder
characterized by severe defects in communication
and socialization, as well as repetitive and restrictive
behaviors that interfere with educational development and
Bronx-Lebanonís Department of Pediatrics,
through its Autism Treatment and Advocacy Center and
Autism Parent Support Group, is making important progress
in increasing awareness and providing the resources to
address this demanding disorder.
BUILDING HEALTHY TEEN RELATIONSHIPS
Bronx-Lebanonís Start Strong Bronx initiative is one of 11
programs funded throughout the United States by the
prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Start Strong
is making significant progress in addressing teenage dating
violence, one of the nationís most serious health problems.
Bronx-Lebanon and its grant partners, including the Borough
Presidentís Office, New York City Department of Education,
Violence Intervention Program, Pregones Theatre, Bronx
Clergy Task Force, Men Can Stop Rape, and Sanctuary for
Families, have implemented a comprehensive plan which
focuses on four core strategies: education, policy change,
community outreach, and social marketing campaigns.
CHILD STUDY CENTER
The Child Study Center, a collaborative effort between the
Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, is achieving
positive outcomes for such conditions as Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), school failure, and depression,
among other behavioral and neurological problems.
PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Bronx-Lebanonís Pediatric Infectious Disease Division has successfully utilized a family centered approach
where children, their parents, and siblings receive medical
treatment, case management, education, and other
The division was awarded significant
grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical industry to implement new treatment
protocols, medications, and vaccines. The infectious
disease specialists are also responding to medical needs
to address patients traveling to as well as emigrating
from other countries.
Among the Department of Pediatrics’ many other initiatives are its
Community Health Education Center, as well as its Autism Treatment
and Advocacy, Sickle Cell, Reach Out and Read, and Cultural