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Specialized Care for Young Families

“We have had unbelievably wonderful experiences at AAMC with our young family. It feels great to be able to give to AAMC because it is an investment in my family and my neighbors. We are proud to help make this hospital even better and more advanced to care for our community.”

- Jeff and Nicole Griffith, Partner; Toal, Griffith & Ayers

Jeff and Nicole Griffith’s positive experiences at AAMC are shared by many parents in our community. AAMC’s comprehensive healthcare services for infants, children and expectant families in our region, including the Pediatric Emergency Department and Inpatient Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Labor and Delivery Department, have well-earned reputations for excellence.  Demand for these services continues to rise as the pediatric program draws children and families not only from the counties around Annapolis, but also from the suburbs of Washington, DC, Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware.

Because of the increased demand for pediatric services, AAMC has expanded its programs for children and their families. Through the work of the Pediatric Philanthropy Council we are generating support for these important initiatives to provide vital care to the youngest among us.  They include:

  • Child Life Program – specially trained and certified Child Life Specialists work with children and their families in the hospital to help reduce stress and anxiety through the teaching of coping strategies.  Specialists use play therapy to prepare children for medical procedures and treatments using child friendly language and explanations. AAMC is one of only five hospitals, and the only non-university hospital in Maryland, with a Child Life Department.
  • Expansion of the Pediatric Units – After just two years, the Pediatrics Emergency Department and Inpatient Unit is seeing more than 18,000 young patients a year, and the number is growing. During peak times such as weekends and flu season, there are simply not enough beds to care for all of the ill children seeking care.

To find out how you can support the critically important mission of providing the best care available to children in our community, or to make a donation for one of these special programs, please contact: Lisa Michelsen at 443-481-4735 or lmichelsen@aahs.org.

 

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