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Pediatric Services

"Bearly" Sick Care Program for Children at McLaren Port Huron

'Bearly' Sick Services

"Bearly" Sick child care is available on the Pediatric Unit at Port Huron Hospital, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for children of our Women's Wellness members.  The program is for children ages 6 months to 14 years.

Bearly sick recipient

Once you are registered for the program, if your child is ill or has a minor injury and you are not able use your regular child care provider, or they are not able to attend school, you may call the Pediatric Department at McLaren Port Huron at least two (2) hours prior to the time you wish to bring in your child. Care is available only if beds are available on the unit. When you call we will let you know if space is available. We are not able to accept children with highly contagious diseases.

If you have to work, or have a commitment that you can not miss, it's comforting to know that your child will be cared for by our trained staff.  Call Women's Wellness Place for information on becoming a Women's Wellness member and registering for this program at (810) 985-2663. You can also call HealtlhAccess at 1(800) 228-1484 for more information.

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Community Outreach in Bay County - Pregnancy through Toddler

Annual Community Baby Shower -- This "Celebration of Families" is a community event that provides information on area prenatal and parenting resources, as well as educational seminars, lunch, and shower prizes for those families in attendance. This event serves expectant families, as well as those with a baby up to 4 months of age. 

Annual community baby shower
Family with wagon


Rock & Rest Station  - McLaren Bay Region collaborates with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition to provide Rock & Rest Stations for families with babies. These stations furnish a shady place for parents to feed and change their baby as well as bottled water for that much needed "hydration break." These stations are provided at community events such as the 4th of July and Tall Ships Festivals 

people at marina


Annual World Breastfeeding Walk - McLaren Bay Region collaborates with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition in holding this yearly community awareness event in support of Breastfeeding. This walk takes place along Bay City's beautiful friendship shell and includes lunch and drawings for prizes.


crowd at breastfeeding walk
downtown Bay City
children having fun


March of Dimes -- March for Babies Annual Event - McLaren Bay Region participates as a sponsor for this event and is represented by a team of walkers made up of McLaren Bay Region employees and their families.   The 3-1/2 mile trek to support this very worthy cause is well attended.


march of dimes volunteers
women pushing stroller


Safe Journey - Substance Abuse by Expectant Mothers -  Safe Journey is a task force formed in light of the alarming increase in the number of expectant mothers using harmful substances during pregnancy, which often has very detrimental effects on these newborns.  The consequences become long term due to the effects on growth and brain development.  The goal of Safe Journey is to bring awareness to this very important issue in an effort to decrease the incidence of drug/substance use prenatally.  A fundraiser was held at Kingfish.

Safe Journey crowd
man pointing
woman speaking to crowd

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Pediatric Hospitalists Program at McLaren Northern Michigan

From deliveries to overseeing the newborn nursery, special care nursery, or general pediatrics, our Pediatric Hospitalist is available around the clock to provide care for all of your child's medical needs.

Claudio Duarte, M.D.
Claudio I. Duarte, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist
McLaren Northern Michigan
416 Connable Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231.487.4053
Fax: 231.487.7726  
Chandra Delorenzo, M.D.
Chandra L. Delorenzo, DO
Pediatric Hospitalist
McLaren Northern Michigan
416 Connable Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231.487.4053
Fax: 231.487.7726  

We treat children 18 and under with:

  • Abdominal infections 
  • Alcohol/drug abuse or dependence 
  • Appendectomies 
  • Back/skeletal issues 
  • Blood cell disorders 
  • Bronchitis/asthma 
  • Circulatory system problems 
  • Concussions 
  • Craniotomy 
  • Diabetes 
  • Ear infections 
  • Eye disorders 
  • Fracture, sprains, and surgeries 
  • Head and neck injuries/procedures 
  • Infections in the blood 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Kidney infections 
  • Nasal trauma 
  • Nutritional/metabolic diseases 
  • Poisoning 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Psychological disorders 
  • Seizures 
  • Thyroid disorders 
  • Tracheotomy

A Team Approach to Care
The Pediatric Unit is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a Pediatric Hospitalist and nurses who specialize in acute illnesses in the Pediatric inpatient setting. The staff is also certified in Pediatric Advanced Advanced Life Support (PALS).

State-of-the-art equipment promotes excellent care with a family-centered approach by the Pediatric Hospitalist and nurses.

The unit is supported by:

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Lab & x-ray

Additionally, through the"Partners in Children's Health" program, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital offers McLaren Northern Michigan access to a regional system of healthcare for children, designed to enhance care"close to home" for the children and families.

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?
The Pediatric Unit at McLaren Northern Michigan is under the medical direction of a Pediatric Hospitalist.

A Pediatric Hospitalist is a pediatrician who cares for children exclusively in the Hospital setting and specializes in inpatient pediatric medicine.

The Pediatric Hospitalist will be in charge of your child's care, directing treatment during his/her stay at the Hospital, coordinating and consulting with specialists, closely monitoring progress, and staying in close touch with you, your family, and your pediatrician.

How does a Pediatric Hospitalist work with your Pediatrician?
Upon admission to McLaren Northern Michigan, your pediatrician may provide necessary information to the Pediatric Hospitalist about your child's condition. The Pediatric Hospitalist, with input from your pediatrician, provides a personalized medical plan that takes into account your child's individual medical history and his or her specific needs.

The Pediatric Hospitalist oversees your child's care, communicating frequently with other members of your child's healthcare team. Information is also available to your pediatrician to keep him/her informed of progress. Feel free to discuss concerns and ask questions with anyone on the staff.

The Pediatric Hospitalist and care coordination staff will make arrangements for your child's discharge from the Hospital, including prescriptions and follow-up appointments. The Pediatric Hospitalist will also provide information to your child's pediatrician to plan their future course of care to ensure a smooth transition.

How Can the Pediatric Hospitalist Benefit My Child?
Having a Pediatric Hospitalist is like having your pediatrician just down the hall from your child's room throughout his/her stay at McLaren Northern Michigan. If you or family members have any questions or concerns, the Pediatric Hospitalist is there to explain or respond in person to you and your family.

With access to every specialist and department within McLaren Northern Michigan, the Pediatric Hospitalist ensures timely follow-up on tests and treatments for your child. The result is the highest-quality care for your child.

For more information regarding the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at McLaren Northern Michigan, please call 800.248.6777.

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Pediatric Rehab

Rehab Goal:  Our program is dedicated to helping children of all ages reach their highest potential.  We assist each child in gaining functional independence, interacting with friends and family and getting back to fun childhood activities.

pediatric therapy

The pediatric rehab program at McLaren Health Care is staffed by an experienced and committed group of pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapists. Our therapists share a broad knowledge in neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration and childhood development. Whether it is an orthopedic condition or a neurological impairment, our specialists work closely with the physician and family to develop a plan of care that meets the unique, individual needs of the child. Each session is individualized, child-friendly, and play-based to maximize the child's functional outcomes. We strive to empower the patient and family by involving them in the plan of care and offering education during each session.

The goals of Pediatric Physical Therapy include:

  • working toward increasing independence and participation
  • facilitating motor development, function and joint mobilization
  • improving strength, endurance, balance and coordination
  • enhancing learning opportunities
  • easing challenges with daily living
  • improving cognitive processing (attention) and sensory processing (integration)

Conditions treated in our Pediatric Program:

pediatric rehab
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • General Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Conditions
  • Hemiparesis / Hemiplegia
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Sensory Integration
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Torticollis
  • Tone Abnormalities
  • Toe-Walking
  • Spasticity
  • Speech & Language Impairments
  • Difficulty Swallowing/Feeding
  • Growth Failure
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Genetic / Metabolic Disorders
  • Developmental Delay
  • Chronic Illness

Therapy Strategies:

  • Self-help techniques
  • Therapeutic play
  • Mobility and range of motion
  • Strength, balance, and coordination
  • Fine and large motor skills
  • Family/caregiver education
  • Splints, casts, and specialized equipment
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Oral motor therapy
  • Feeding
  • Communication strategies

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Sleep Disorders in Children

Could My Child Have a Sleep Disorder?

child sleep disorders
The Sleep Center is able to diagnose and treat childhood sleep disorders, one of the most commonly overlooked conditions in the population. Many children experience sleep interruptions and symptoms including:Night Terrors
  • Sleep Walking
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Bedwetting
  • Difficulty Awakening
A sleep study at one of four accredited Sleep Center locations is the best measure of the seriousness of these problems. The Sleep Center can diagnose and treat all sleep disorders for children over three years old.

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, ask your primary care provider for a referral or contact The Sleep Center.

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