The Cardinal Santos Medical Center’s (CSMC) Department of Pediatrics embodies the kind of family-oriented care that the hospital is known for. The Department’s 110 pediatricians are at the forefront of efforts that made CSMC a “Mommy-Baby Friendly” hospital.
The hospital’s pediatric midwives and nurses are trained in lactation. Mothers can breastfeed their newborn even if the baby has been admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Preterm babies are encouraged to undergo kangaroo care. This is a technique where the infant is placed at direct skin-to-skin contact with the mother. This restores the physiological and psychological bond, allows easy breastfeeding for the preterm infant, and helps stabilize the infant’s body temperature more smoothly than an incubator.
The Department of Pediatrics cares for the sickest of patients. In addition to fragile preterm infants, our pediatricians also strive to give the best care for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
In partnership with the Comprehensive Cancer and Research Center, the Department’s pediatric cancer ward looks more like a playground. Children receiving treatment can still enjoy life while battling cancer.
The Pediatric wing at the second floor also has a play area where patients can enjoy their hospital stay. The Department offers a full range of sub-specialty pediatric services:
CSMC is an accredited training institution for pediatrics. It boasts of a 100% passing rate with the Philippine Pediatric Society, and is at the top of all non-university based pediatric training programs.
The Pediatrics Training Program of CSMC employs a mentorship program, where residents are mentored by consultants one-on-one to ensure that the finest points of clinical practice are bestowed on the trainee.
The residents are also trained in community pediatrics and preventive pediatrics, as well as to intensive sub-specialty rotations to ensure that they get more than what is expected of a general pediatrician.