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DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRIC JFK MEDICAL CENTER

STRUCTURE
The Pediatric Department at the John F Kennedy Medical Center provides tertiary level pediatric care for the Republic of Liberia. The department consists of three (3) units; the Pediatric Ward located on the third floor of the Memorial Hospital with a bed capacity of fifty (50), the Under-Five Emergency which is located on the ground floor of the Memorial hospital with a bed capacity of 25 and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located on the first floor of the Japanese Maternity Hospital with a bed capacity of forty (40). The pediatric ward also hosts a newly renovated Play Room which was provided by Cellcom GSM Communication Company as part of its corporate social responsibility towards pediatric patients.

SERVICES
The department has inpatient capacity of over hundred (100) patients who are reviewed by the pediatric team on a daily basis. The Under-Five Emergency Room twenty-four 24 hours, seven (7) days a week all year round. The department also runs daily outpatient clinics and four specialty clinics; the Enhanced Wellborn Clinic, Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic, Chronic Care Clinic and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU Clinic.

STAFF
The Pediatric Department head is Dr. Roseda Marshall. Pediatric department staff includes Dr. Sia Wata Camanor, Interns, Medical Officers, Pediatric Residents, four (4) Physician Assistants and over 20 Nurses and other support staff.

The department is also supported by its affiliated staff such as Dr. Elinor Graham, Dr. Michelle Niescierenko, Dr. Endale Tefera, Dr. Patricia McQuilkin and Dr. Kanagasabai Udhayashankar
The Pediatric Department has regular visiting Sub-Specialist, Dr. Venee Tubman (Pediatric Heme/Oncologist) and Dr. Kirk Milhoan (Pediatric Cardiologist)

SIGNIFICANCE
The pediatric department at the John F Kennedy Medical Center is the Tertiary Level Pediatric Referral site providing quality essential pediatric care to all children in the country. It is also a key site for pediatric training in the country, medical students from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Interns and first, second and third-year Residents from the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons all rotate through the pediatric department.