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The Children's Center at Presbyterian

Our team of more than 300 pediatric care providers does everything from treating the common cold to performing pediatric heart surgery. From well-child checks to pediatric specialty care, we’re here when you need us.

Services & Specialties

Dedicated to Exemplary, Family-Centered Care

The Children's Center delivers strong medical leadership, board certified pediatric specialists, and a skilled pediatric nursing staff that work together to continuously improve patient outcomes and maintain an environment of family-centered care.

Our Child Life program provides activities and socialization for children and families, and coordinates in-hospital schooling as needed. The dedicated Child Life team staffs our in-hospital playroom and Rachel's Courtyard – a colorful, whimsical "playground in the sky" that extends from the hospital's sixth floor pediatric unit. Child Life specialists work with children to reduce stress and anxiety through medical play therapy and much more. Child Life staff can help explain hospital procedures, medicines, IVs, and operations to patients and family members in an age-appropriate manner, interact with brothers and sisters who may need more information and support, and help coordinate school work if a child is hospitalized for more than two weeks.

Child Life Services

  • A playroom with a variety of toys and educational materials for all ages
  • Teen lounge located within Rachel's Courtyard
  • Excursions to Rachel's Courtyard
  • Video games, DVDs and movies
  • Pet therapy visits
  • Clown visits at scheduled times and holidays
  • Birthday parties
  • Christmas tree decorating, Fourth of July picnics, Halloween parties, Easter Egg activities, and more

Specialties & Services

Behavioral Health

Anxiety/depression, substance abuse, feeding therapy, compliance with medical care plans, behavioral and parenting issues, ADHD, diabetes counseling, adolescent issues.

Cardiology

The Heart Center at Presbyterian offers New Mexico's first pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Carl Lagerstrom, who provides surgical and medical cardiac care for children with congenital heart defects.

Hematology/Oncology

Diagnostic evaluation and treatment of pediatric blood disorders and cancer. Specially-trained nurses provide inpatient and outpatient care through the Pediatric Infusion Center.

Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

Highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical teams and specialized equipment combine with family centered, developmentally supportive care to produce outcomes that meet or exceed Vermont-Oxford and Pediatrix benchmarks.

Nutrition

Unhealthy/overweight, food allergies, failure to thrive

Occupational Therapy

Feeding therapy

Pediatric Care Unit

Providing family-centered care for our patients and their families, these units are staffed 24/7 by pediatric hospitalists and nurses who are experts in caring for children with illnesses and injuries.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for critically ill and injured children, including those with cardiac care needs.

Pediatric Urgent Care Unit

Our Pediatric Urgent Care clinic provides care for children with minor illnesses and injuries when it is not possible to see their primary care physician immediately.

Speech Therapy

Evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Pediatric Multispecialties

Our child-friendly pediatric multispecialty clinic offers the ease and convenience of one phone call for referring physicians and parents to make appointments for pediatric specialties including pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric neurology, and more.

Featured Children's Center Services

  • An outpatient Pediatric Sedation Service staffed by pediatricians and pediatric nurses with Child Life to help children and their families through procedures
  • Phone consultation with our neonatologists, pediatric intensivists and hospitalists, and pediatric subspecialists to discuss management or need for referral for your patients
  • Admissions and consultations available 24/7
  • The ability to care for children throughout New Mexico from birth through adolescence
  • Specialized neonatal and pediatric intensive care in our 60-bed Level III NICU and 21-bed PICU​
  • Staffing with 24-hour-a-day, in-house coverage by neonatologists, pediatric intensivists and pediatric hospitalists
  • Specialty medical services, including pediatric cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology, surgery, behavioral medicine, hematology/oncology, infectious disease and radiology
  • New Mexico's first pediatric heart surgeon, who performs surgery on children with congenital heart defects
  • New Mexico's most comprehensive pediatric endocrinology program
  • Comprehensive, family-centered care by our specially trained physicians, nurses, and dedicated Child Life staff
  • A Child Life Program that provides activities, socialization for children and families, coordinated in-hospital schooling as needed and allows for a child-focused place in the hospital for children and their families
  • An in-hospital playroom and Rachel's Courtyard, a playground in the sky, staffed by our dedicated Child Life team
  • Outreach education to outlying hospitals and clinics including, but not limited to: NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and STABLE (neonatal education program for stabilization of newborns) – physician and nursing staff are also available to give talks on assessment and management of common pediatric problems
  • Onsite Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic staffed with pediatricians and pediatric nurses to care for acutely ill children, with easy access to lab, radiology, and inpatient services if needed
  • Ronald McDonald House Family Room
  • Location:

  • The Children's Center at Presbyterian
  • Presbyterian Hospital Physicians Office Building
  • 201 Cedar St. SE.
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Dedicated to Our Smallest Patients

The Children's Center at Presbyterian offers neonatal intensive care in our Level III, 56-bed NICU at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque and our Level II, 11-bed NICU at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. Highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical teams and specialized equipment combine with family-centered, neurodevelopmentally supportive care that meets or exceeds Vermont-Oxford and Pediatrix benchmarks. Our NICUs are staffed 24/7 by board certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, lactation consultants, and respiratory therapists. We provide immediate access to the most specialized care available for premature and seriously ill newborns

NICU Features and Services

Unit

  • Multispecialty, team-based rounds
  • Specialized monitoring and therapeutics
  • Approximately 1000 admissions yearly at Presbyterian Hospital
  • Air and ground neonatal transport services via specially trained neonatal transport teams at Presbyterian Hospital
  • Discharge planning ongoing from the time of admission
  • Overnight stays and discharge education for parents provided prior to discharge
  • STABLE, NRP, and outreach education available

Staff

  • Extensive group of providers includes at least one board certified/eligible neonatologist and one neonatal advanced practitioner in house at all times
  • Available for consults 24-hours–a-day
  • Dedicated perinatology group
  • Nurses have both didactic and clinical orientation and are specially-trained to care for premature and seriously ill infants
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapists are available
  • Child Life program available to provide family support, including a weekly parent support group
  • Neonatal advanced practitioners and/or neonatologists are available to attend deliveries
  • Lactation specialists are available for consultation
  • Specially trained respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric subspecialists are available onsite
  • Locations

  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • 1100 Central Avenue SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • 2400 Unser Blvd. SE
  • Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Contact Us

To contact our on-call physician and/or arrange a patient transport for either of our NICU locations, please call 1-800-432-4600, extension 1090. Phone consultations are available a 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Pediatric Care Unit

The Pediatric Care Unit  at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque provides family-centered care for our patients and their families. Staffed 24-hours-a-day by pediatric hospitalists and specialists who are experts in caring for children.

Our pediatric team includes specially-trained pediatric care  nurses and pediatric hospitalists. All of our team members have PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) training. The Pediatric Unit also serves a variety of patients requiring specialty care including endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery, and pulmonology. Speech, occupational and physical therapists are available to assist with the care of our patients as needed. Rachel's Courtyard is adjacent to our pediatric unit.

Pediatric Care Unit

  • 35-bed pediatric unit with a beautiful mural
  • Pediatric hospitalists with 24-hour-a-day in-house coverage
  • Management of a wide range of acute illnesses in children, including diabetes care and education, pre and post-operative care for surgical patients, respiratory illnesses, seizures, dehydration, and other acute problems

Location

  • Pediatric Care Unit
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • 1100 Central Avenue SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Contact Us

To contact our on-call physician and/or arrange a patient transport, please call the Pediatric Care Unit at 505-841-1063.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for critically-ill and injured children.

Our Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified intensive care team includes specially-trained pediatric intensive care nurses, as well as providers who are trained in pediatric anesthesiology and a wide range of pediatric specialty care areas. Our teams also include speech, physical, and occupational therapists, as well as pediatric surgeons.

Pediatric hematology and oncology patients are cared for in this unit by physicians and nurses who are specially-trained in this type of care.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • 21-bed pediatric-specialized intensive care unit
  • Pediatric intensivists with 24-hour-a-day in-house coverage
  • Management of a wide range of critical illnesses in children, including post-operative cardiac care, renal failure (including dialysis), hematology/oncology care, care for circulatory failure, and other complex problems

Location

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • 1100 Central Avenue SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Contact Us

To contact our on-call physician and/or arrange a patient transport, please call the Pediatric Care Unit at 1-800-457-PICU (7428).

Pediatric Urgent Care

Care When You Need It Most

Presbyterian's Pediatric Urgent Care, located at Presbyterian Hospital, is available when your child needs acute care but the doctor's office is closed or you can't get an appointment. Our clinic offers care seven days a week, and sees only pediatric patients in a spacious, colorful, bright, and child-friendly setting. Our intent is to treat the urgent condition and return the patient to his/her primary care provider for follow-up and care. We understand that ongoing communication between Pediatric Urgent Care and primary care providers is paramount for providing excellent and cost-effective care.

Features and Services

  • Care for acute or episodic illnesses, including needed testing
  • Outpatient intravenous fluids
  • Minor trauma, including repair of simple lacerations and splinting of fractures
  • Management of small to medium abscesses

We Do Not Handle These Situations

  • Referrals for specialty care or non-emergent diagnostic studies such as UGIs, VCUGs, or MRIs
  • Patients transported by ambulance or those pending admission to the hospital
  • Patients requiring sedation
  • Gynecological services

Location

  • Presbyterian Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • 1100 Central Ave., SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: 505-841-1819

The entrance is located on the south side of Presbyterian Hospital, facing Silver Avenue SE. Look for the big, red sign over the door to enter the building, and then follow the signs leading to Pediatric Urgent Care.

Hours

  • Open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., everyday
  • Holidays*, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(*Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve)

Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic

Comprehensive Coverage for Pediatric Specialties

Presbyterian's Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic, located in Albuquerque, provides a group of outstanding pediatric specialists to provide care for children with unique medical, nutritional and behavioral needs.

Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic Services

  • Behavioral Health

    Anxiety/depression, substance abuse, feeding therapy, compliance with medical care plans, behavioral and parenting issues, ADHD, diabetes counseling, adolescent issues
  • Chronic Care Clinic

    Providing specialized care for children with complex medical issues, including congenital heart defects, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, premature babies with lung, eye or feeding issues
  • Endocrinology

    Growth disorders, diabetes (management, prevention and education), metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, pubertal disorders, unhealthy overweight
  • Gastroenterology

    Reflux, failure to thrive, fatty liver, Crohn's Disease, celiac disease, IBS, chronic abdominal pain
  • Hematology/Oncology

    Diagnostic evaluation and treatment of pediatric blood disorders and cancer
  • Neurology

    Seizure disorders, epilepsy, headaches (migraine or chronic), syncope, ADHD, developmental delays, Tourette's, tics
  • Nutrition

    Unhealthy overweight, food allergies, failure to thrive
  • Occupational Therapy

    Feeding therapy
  • Pediatric Infusion Center

    One-time or ongoing IV therapy for a variety of acute and chronic illnesses including cancer, blood or genetic disorders, gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders
  • Pulmonology

    Asthma, reactive airways, sleep apnea
  • Surgery

    Gastrostomy tubes, central lines, general thoracic surgery, general abdominal surgery, hernia/hydroceles/undescended testicles, cysts or masses, chest wall deformity, gynecology in infants and toddlers
  • Urology

    Genital and urinary problems

Location

  • Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic
  • Presbyterian Hospital Physician Office Building
  • 201 Cedar SE, Suite 4660
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: 505-563-6530