Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
was founded in 1922 as a convalescent home for children in a colonial-style
house in a bucolic 23-acre setting in northwest Baltimore. Many of the
children suffered from scarlet fever and tuberculosis. Today, Mt. Washington
Pediatric Hospital is a thriving state-of-the-art center of hope and healing
for infants and children with the most complex medical needs.
Rehabilitation and specialty medical care at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital are provided through
comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and day-treatment programs. The hospital
has 56 pediatric specialty beds and 46 rehabilitation beds. The nurturing
environment allows the finest doctors, nurses, therapists, and clinicians
in pediatric medicine to help children reach the highest quality of life
with their families. Most patients are from Baltimore City and County
and stay at the facility for about 30 days.
When specialized medical and
rehabilitative care is not available for children in other parts of the
United States and abroad, they come to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.
For example, the staff has provided rehabilitation services to more children
after hemispherectomy surgery than any other facility in the world. This
radical procedure removes half of the brain to treat Rasmussen's Encephalitis,
a rare disorder that causes constant seizures, partial paralysis, and
mental deterioration. After weeks or months of intensive rehabilitation,
patients generally regain speech, mobility, and independence.
The highly specialized Feeding
Program helps children who have difficulty swallowing, refuse to eat,
or do not eat enough. Often such problems are behavioral in nature or
a result of having been fed by tube for a long time. The hospital's interdisciplinary
teams work with children and parents to foster normal eating.
The Pediatric Chronic Illness
Program treats children with diabetes, Down syndrome, drug withdrawal,
sickle cell anemia, HIV, feeding disorders, seizures, and other medical
The Small Infant Program serves
premature and low birth weight infants to give them the strength to feed
on their own. Nurses teach family members how to feed and nurture them
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Program treats patients with chronic lung disease, asthma, and other breathing
conditions, including those with ventilator needs.
The Physical Rehabilitation
Program helps children recover from brain and spinal cord injuries, burns,
and other debilitating conditions. After such traumatic injuries, children
learn mobility, self-care, and communication.
The Neuropsychology Programs
offer unique specialty services for neurological disorders that affect
the way a child thinks, behaves, and learns.
In 2000, the hospital opened
the Jack and Mae Rosenberg Center for Pediatric Respiratory Medicine.
It is among the few outpatient centers in the mid-Atlantic region to offer
treatment, research, and education for children with asthma and other
The 14,000-square-foot facility
meets the needs of children with a range of medical problems, including
feeding and developmental disorders, diabetes, lead poisoning, nutrition,
and asthma. The center won first place honors for healthcare design from
the American Society of Interior Designers for its bright and friendly
look -- child-high windows, a frog pond play area, decorative flower gardens,
and giant bumblebees.
Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 West Rogers Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
1-800-735-2258 Maryland Relay Service