The Department of Pediatrics at Marshall University is committed to providing excellent care for infants, children and adolescents in need of primary, subspecialty, inpatient or outpatient care. The department's focus is largely primary care for those in the surrounding neighborhoods and subspecialty care for patients throughout the Tri-State area. Patient care service is contemporary in technical expertise and provided through a compassionate family-oriented model. Our commitment to children shows in numbers: We serve 70,000 outpatient visits a year at our 4 locations.
Pediatricians are trained to:
- Help you determine healthy lifestyles for your child and useful ways to role model your choices.
- Offer advice to prevent illness and injuries.
- Provide early and appropriate care of acute illness to prevent its progression.
- Treat life-threatening childhood conditions requiring intensive care.
- Guide you in anticipating your child's needs from newborn to 21.
As part of their extensive training, pediatricians are experienced in the physical, emotional, and social development of children. Children may be too young or shy to talk so pediatricians understand the importance of listening carefully to your child, and to you. Pediatricians answer your questions, helping you to understand and promote your child's healthy development. Pediatricians also address issues affecting a child's family and home environment.
Pediatricians understand that children are not simply small adults. They often present different symptoms from adults. They may need different prescriptions or treatments than adults. Pediatricians are specially trained to recognize the importance of these differences, especially with young children and newborns.