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4 Ways Your Family Can Benefit from Whole-Person Pediatric Care

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A child’s smile is one of the best gifts to be given. After all, a kid’s bright, happy eyes and giggles are enough to fill anyone’s spirit with pure joy. 

When a child becomes sick, however, it can be the most challenging test of faith. And if that child is your own, you’ll do everything and anything to see them smile (and feel whole) again. 

We know that as a parent in Marion County, you want nothing but the best and most accessible pediatric care. You also want a health care team that will heal your child, nurture their spirit and bring them peace of mind. That’s what whole-person care is to us. 

Here are four ways that your family can benefit on your journey to feel whole. 

Healing the Body

No parent wants to travel for quality pediatric care. After all, that brings more stress for your family and delays in important treatment. The more minutes your child isn’t feeling well results in more minutes of worry and discomfort for the entire family. 

Whole-person care means bringing the highest quality and comprehensive pediatric care to you, where you are. 

If you’re a parent in Marion County, trust that your child’s medical needs are covered, from a dedicated pediatric ER to a list of pediatric specialists and a new 16-bed kid-themed in-patient hospital unit with pediatric trained nurses and AdventHealth for Children board-certified pediatric hospitalists.

Whole-person care also means your child’s care is continuous — under one roof, so to speak.  From birth (and even a level-2 NICU) on, you can sleep better at night knowing that your child and entire family is connected to virtually any medical specialty through the AdventHealth system. 

Nurturing the Spirit

Your child’s spiritual health is an important part of feeling whole. A hand to hold. A shoulder to cry on. A compassionate hug. A smile. A quiet prayer. These are things that can brighten a child’s precious day and lift the entire family’s spirit in hope. 

It’s our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ that guides our calling to care. If you’re leaning on your faith throughout your child’s care, know that we are too with chaplain services and more to support you.

Easing the Mind

Any medical experience can be considered scary to a child, so even the smallest detail is big when it comes to a child’s care. 

Whole-person care means caring about even the “little things” to ease a child’s mind, such as what your child sees on the walls of the hospital, the meals he or she eats and the opportunity to simply feel like “normal” kid. 

Here, a farm-themed inpatient unit welcomes our pediatric patients, in addition to kid-friendly menus and a brand new play room. 

Part of the whole-person care philosophy, your entire family is considered family.  So, you’ll find that we take every effort to invest in your comfort, too, with new sleeper sofas in rooms to make your family feel more at home during their care. 

Having Health Partner for Life

Whole-person care is more than one ER trip to mend a broken leg, an annual school physical or the occasional urgent care visit to heal a throbbing ear infection. 

Whole-person care is caring for every child in the community through every age and life stage. It means being a reliable resource for health information and health care, and it means being there for every second when it matters the most. 

AdventHealth Ocala is here for your family with expert whole-person pediatric care. Call us at Call855-303-DOCS to make an appointment or get more information. 

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