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Home | Doctors & Services | Services & Centers | Children's Health | The Children's Center at Presbyterian

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.

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
  • 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, 4th of July picnics, Halloween parties, Easter Egg activities, and more

Specialties & Services

Behavioral

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

Hematology/Oncology

Diagnostic evaluation and treatment of pediatric blood disorders and cancer

Neonatal Intensive Care

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/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

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

Pediatric Urgent Care

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

Pediatric Cardiology

Presbyterian Heart Group has New Mexico's first pediatric heart surgeon, Dr. Carl Lagerstrom, who performs more than 130 surgeries each year on children with congenital heart defects, helping children and families that would otherwise have to travel out of state for care.

Speech Therapy

Pediatric Multi-Specialties

Our child-friendly pediatric multi-specialty 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 all children throughout New Mexico from birth through adolescence
  • State-of-the-art 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, infection 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
  • Main Location:

  • The Children’s Center at Presbyterian
  • 1100 Central Ave. SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Immediate Access to the Most Specialized Care

The Children's Center at Presbyterian's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, located at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, is a Level III, 60-bed, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to our smallest patients. Highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical teams and specialized equipment combine with family-centered, neurodevelopmentally supportive care to produce outcomes that meet or exceed Vermont-Oxford and Pediatrix benchmarks. Our Level III NICU is 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.

The Children's Center NICU Features and Services

Unit

  • 60-bed, state-of-the-art unit
  • Multi-specialty, team-based rounds
  • State-of-the-art monitoring and therapeutics
  • Approximately 1000 admissions yearly
  • Air and ground neonatal transport services via specially trained neonatal transport teams
  • 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
  • Premier perinatology group in the state of New Mexico
  • Nurses have both didactic and clinical orientation and are specially trained to care for premature and acutely ill infants
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapists available
  • Child Life available to provide family support, including a weekly parent support group
  • Neonatal advanced practitioners and/or neonatologists are available to attend deliveries
  • Lactation specialists available for consultation on the unit
  • Specially trained respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric subspecialists available on site
  • Location

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • The Children’s Center at Presbyterian
  • 1100 Central Avenue SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Contact Us

To contact our on-call physician and/or arrange a patient transport, please call 1-800-432-4600, extension 1090. Phone consultations also available at this number 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Trusted Experts You Can Rely on

The Pediatric Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Center at Presbyterian, located at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, provide family-centered care for our patients and families. Staffed 24-hours-a-day by pediatric hospitalists and intensivists, both areas feature pediatric specialists who are experts in caring for children.

Our PALS certified teams include specially trained pediatric and pediatric intensive care nurses, and providers trained in pediatric anesthesiology, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, hematology, oncology, physical and occupational therapists, plus a variety of pediatric surgeons including general and cardiovascular.

Pediatric Care Unit

  • 35-bed, beautifully muraled pediatric unit
  • 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

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • 21-bed, state-of-the-art pediatric intensive care unit
  • Pediatric intensivists with 24-hour-a-day in-house coverage
  • Management of a wide range of critical illnesses in children, including postoperative cardiac surgery patients, renal failure patients (including dialysis), hematology/oncology patients, circulatory failure patients, other complex problems

Location

  • Pediatric Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • The Children’s Center at Presbyterian
  • 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 or Pediatric Intensive Care at 1-800-457-PICU (7428).

Care When You Need It Most

Presbyterian’s Pediatric Urgent Care, located at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, is available when your child needs 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 pediatric team gives priority care to patients who are seen and referred following telephone consultation between the patient’s primary care provider and the Pediatric Urgent Care staff. 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.

The Children's Center Pediatric Urgent Care Features and Services

  • Care for acute or episodic illnesses
  • Spinal taps
  • Bladder catheterizations
  • 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 conscious sedation
  • Gynecological services

Location

  • Presbyterian Pediatric Urgent Care
  • 1100 Central Ave., SE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

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 then follow the signs leading to Pediatric Urgent Care.

Hours & Contact Us

  • 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Major Holidays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 505-841-1819

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.

The Children's Center Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic Services

  • Behavioral

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

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

    Reflux, failure to thrive, fatty liver, Crohn’s Disease, celiac disease, IBS, chronic abdominal pain
  • Pediatric 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 Pulmonology

    Asthma, reactive airways, sleep apnea
  • Pediatric 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
  • Hematology/Oncology

    Diagnostic evaluation and treatment of pediatric blood disorders and cancer

Location

  • Presbyterian Medical Group – Pediatric Multispecialty Clinic
  • 201 Cedar SE
  • Suites 4640 and 4660
  • Albuquerque, NM 87106

Contact Us