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.
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.
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)
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 form the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons all rotate through the pediatric department.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN REDUCTION OF INFANT MORTALITY IN LIBERIA
In meeting our goal to building a resilient healthcare system in Liberia, research conducted by the Media Group http://wwwbushchicken.com/liberia-live.longerthan-other-africans/, clearly established that one of the major factors contributing to Liberia’s “punching above weight” is the relatively low Under Five (5) Childhood Mortality Rate.
In 2006, the Management of Dr, Wvannie Scott McDonald’s first action plan was to institute a policy that would provide FREE UNDER FIVE services to the children of Liberia as its contribution to the dramatic decline of Infant Mortality.
The free Under Five healthcare policy plays an integral role in achieving maximum growth in Liberia Life Expectancy as per UNDP, CDC, and WHO reports. This places Liberia above its counterparts in the sub-regions (Guinea, Sierra Leone and L’ Cote D’ivoire). According to health science, Infant Mortality is the death of a baby before his or her first birthday.
Having outlined our involvement in achieving Liberia’s current position on Human Development Index particularly Life Expectancy, the JFK Under Five runs Twenty four (24) hours services as named above. Hence, the Medical Center provides quality medical services to children under the age range of Five (5) with no cost attached. Tens of thousands of Liberian children have benefited from this program since its inception. We look forward to helping Liberia through comprehensive healthcare delivery.