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Pediatric Services

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 Northern Michigan 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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