The Children's Hospital Team

Who's Who in the Children's Hospital ...
Information about our Interdisciplinary Team
The Children's hospital multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best care possible, meeting the needs of the infant or child and the family.  Each member has a role, including parents in that goal.  Because each unit is different, staff may be different depending on where your child may be.

Medical Care Team

REGISTERED NURSES (RNs): The bedside nurse will care for your child 24 hours/day. They have special training to care for children. Your bedside nurse is typically your first point of contact regarding the care your child is receiving.
NURSE PRACTIONERS: A nurse with advanced training, is skilled to do procedures, write prescriptions, and coordinate in emergency situations in the abscence of a physician.
PHYSICIANS: Your child’s doctor often directs the care of your infant or child while in the newborn nursery or pediatrics.  If your child is admitted to the Newborn or pediatric intensive care unit, hospital physicians are more likely to care for your child's intensive needs.  The doctors most likely to take care of your child in an intensive care unit are:
Neonatologist: Neonatologists are pediatricians who focus on the perinatal period caring for critically ill newborns and premature infants.  The neonatologists are members of Alaska Neonatology Associates, an affiliate of   Alaska Neonatology Group.
Pediatric Intensivist: A pediatric intensivist has been trained in the broad scope of care required in an Intensive Care Unit.  This training includes extensive skills in understanding all systems of the body. The intensivist works closely with the medical team and orchestrates a comprehensive plan of care. To learn more, see the pediatric intensive care staff.
Pediatric Cardiologist: the pediatric cardiologist is a trained pediatrician who specializes in medical problems related to the heart and treats children with serious or life-threatening illness. Though they are cardiologists, they have the necessary skills to manage a wide-scope of problems.
Most hospital  physicians, in addition to being pediatricitions, are also qualified as specialists.  The Children's Hospital has successfully recruited the following specialists to provide state-of-the art medical team that have private practices but are seen frequently in the intensive care units:
Pediatric Pulmonologist: A pediatric pulmonologist work closely with the RT to diagnosis breathing problems that may require intervention or alternative therapy.  They specialize in conditions involving the lungs and respiratory tract.
Pediatric Neurologist: A pediatric neurologist is a skilled provider, who assesses neurological function and makes recommendations regarding the care of treatment of your child's brain, brain stem, and spinal cord.
Pediatric Nephrologist: A pediatric nephrologist is a pediatrician who specializes in kidney related disorders.
Pediatric Gastroenerologist: A pediatric gastroenterologist is a pediatrician with advanced skills and training in the diagnosis, treatment, and intervention in serious stomach, intestine, and colon problems.
Pediatric hematologist/Oncologist: This pediatrician has training to provide care for a child diagnosed with either cancer or blood disorders. After diagnosis, a child will remain here in Alaska and start a Care Plan – known as a Roadmap. Completion of the Roadmap and initial induction usually takes 4-6 weeks. To learn more, see hematology / oncology clinic.
Pediatric Surgeon: When surgery is necessary, the Children’s Hospital at Providence has several pediatric surgeons whose practice is limited to infants and children.  Their special expertise and skills as pediatric surgeons are essential to deal with issues arising specifically for pediatric patients.
Pediatric Endocrinologist: This pediatrician specializes with the endocrine balance of the system, to include the lymphatic system that controls things like hormones, blood sugars, and growth.
Pediatric Allergy/Immunologist: This pediatric physician specializes in allergies, disorders of the immune system, and respiratory response to asthma.   He works to assess sensitivity to medications, latex, and other exposures that may affect the body's defense systems.
Pediatric Psychiatrist: This physician works to help your family heal emotionally or mentally to psychiatric problems that your child is facing.
Pediatric Opthalmologist: A pediatric Ophthalmologist is a physician with training to assess, diagnose and treat conditions affecting the eye and the eye's ability to see.
We are also considered a teaching hospital.  Medical Students and Residents may participate or be the primary care provider.  You may also have student nurses helping to care for your child.  Staff or instructors closely supervise all students.
RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS (RT’s): A RT takes care of your child’s breathing and oxygen needs.   The Therapists in the Children’s Hospital have specialized education in the care of children.  Respiratory Therapists are in the unit 24 hours/day.

Ancillary Staff

PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL, SPEECH AND DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPISTS: In the NICU, devstaff have training and education specific to the needs of children in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.  We also have individual therapeutic staff who work in the pediatric center, providing targeted physical, occupationsl or speech therapy. To learn more, see subspecialty therapies.
CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST:  works as part of the team to help children through hospitalization, providing age-appropriate play and distraction tools in pediatrics.    They are experts in child development.  To learn more, see child life specialty.
SOCIAL WORKER is a master’s prepared Social Worker is dedicated to help you with the emotional and social, and financial stress of having a child in the hospital.
DISCHARGE PLANNER / FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR: An RN, she helps with the logistics of having a baby or child in the hospital and works closely with your physicians so that you are ready to take your child home.   They can help you with referrals for community services and resources.
PHARMACISTS and DIETITIANS: Families may see both a pharmacist and a dietitian reviewing your child’s chart. Their role is to review dosages of medications and nutrition your child is receiving.  This system is a check/balance of the drug interactions, therapeutic levels, and a comparison of your child’s expected and actual growth based on nutritional support.
CERTIFIED LACTION CONSULTANTS: CLC's are available to assist new mothers in breastfeeding issues for the premature or acutely ill baby or child.
CHAPLAINs: Chaplains assess a family’s spirituality needs and offer support and guidance. Working closely with families regardless of religious preferences, they ensure your spiritual needs are met.
PARENT and COMMUNITY COORDINATOR:  This role is to be available to support and assist parents in finding resources related to cope with an infant or child's hospitalization and is responsible for the overall program and policy decision that are being made that may affect the family or patient's stay.  More information about this role can be found at  getting involved.
HEALTH UNIT CLERS, PCT's & EQUIPMENT TECHS: In some places this staff person is called a Unit Clerk or Unit Secretary.  They are responsible for answering phones, maintaining patient records, and directing traffic.  Equipment Techs clean machines for use for the next patient.  Patient Care Techs support nursing staff by providing routine assessments like temps, changing diapers, and bathing children.
PARENTS FOR PARENTS:  PFP is a matching program of experienced parents started in late 1991.  Screened and trained volunteers are available to support families at the bedside, through phone or email contact, or after discharge.  As a member of the “been there, done that” club, Parents for Parents can relate to the experience of current families and lend a compassionate ear.  Learn more at  getting involved.
FAMILY ACTION COUNCIL: A group of parents, hospital staff members, and community members involved in children’s programs or services, which advise and assist the Children’s Hospital in being improving services for patients and their families.  Learn more at getting involved.
FINANCIAL COUNSELORS: Providence Hospital offer assistance to help you with arrangements associated with the financial obligations of having a baby or child in the Children's Hospital.

Management and Supervisory Staff

Supervisors/Charge Nurse: A Charge Nurse or clinical resource supervisor are always available.  The charge nurse is responsible for the overall operation of the Newborn ICU on a daily basis, including assignments for nurses.  If you have questions or concerns about the care your baby is receiving, the charge nurse is a helpful resource.
Clinical Manager: As the nurse manager, she is responsible for the 24-hour / 7-day week delivery of patient care and operations of the unit.  If you have not found resolution regarding your concerns, the manager maintains an open door policy regarding any concerns the family may have.
Assistant Cheif Nurse Exec: This is the manager responsible for the day to day operations of the Children's Hospital.  She oversess staff related needs in all of the units.
Medical Director:  A physician, he is responsible for the short and long-term planning of programs, space, and staffing needs.