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General Pediatrics

General Pediatrics

The Pediatric Department is comprised of faculty from New York Medical College who are experts in the care of children hospitalized with moderate to severe illnesses, or with illnesses that involve the coordination of multiple subspecialists or multiple hospital services. 

The Section of Academic General Pediatrics provides comprehensive inpatient care for patients referred to the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, and then facilitates the seamless transfer of information back to the referring doctor when patients are discharged. Our staff also provide general pediatric consultations to subspecialists and surgeons whose pediatric patients have medical issues such as fevers, poor weight gain and mild to moderate respiratory issues. 

Complementary Pediatric Care Services

In addition to comprehensive pediatric care, other unique services and programs are provided by the General Pediatrics Section:

  • Complementary and Alternative Pediatric Therapies
  • Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Medical student and resident education and mentorship
  • Primary care research
  • Evaluation and management of autism
  • Grant-supported research on childhood obesity
  • Child abuse education and prevention 

Learn More About Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

For information about our comprehensive care, or to obtain a physician referral, please call 866.962.7337

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Medication Administration

We aim to increase the percentage of patients discharged on medications from the general pediatrics units at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital who have their prescribed discharge medications delivered to the bedside by 20 percent over baseline by December 2023.

The initial results of this project point to several key takeaways:
1. Insurance discrepancies prevent close to 40 percent of MFCH pediatric patients from utilizing the hospital’s bedside delivery service.
2. 50 percent of patients received their medications by Day 4, and another 20 percent by Day 6.
3. Parents and guardians are excited about the delivery service, which encourages prescriber use and suggests potential for an  increase in guardian satisfaction. 

We extend our deepest thanks to the families who took the time to speak with us in the hospital. In acknowledgment of their generosity and willingness to help, we remain dedicated to creating an improved system that best serves our patients and their guardians.

Currently, this project is being expanded to inform the agenda of Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee. We will evaluate new ways to increase bedside delivery service usage and explore options to cover existing insurance gaps. Our goal is to ensure that patients of all backgrounds and financial means are able to obtain and fully understand the medications prescribed to them.

Hand Hygiene

The data shown below demonstrates hand hygiene that is broken down by those who used alcohol preparation compared against those who used soap and water. The percentage reflects the total number of hand-washers and is utilized by our quality teams to identify areas for targeted process improvement initiatives.

Hospital Acquired Infections

Publicly reported data on Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) rates can be found on the New York State Department of Health’s page. HAIs are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality and the staff at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are committed to engaging in quality improvement initiatives that seek to reduce these rates while creating a safe environment for patient care.

Patient Experience

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional care for children and their families, continually striving to enhance the patient experience. Through innovative programs and initiatives, we aim to create a comforting and supportive environment for young patients facing medical challenges. From child-friendly facilities to specialized pediatric services, every aspect of care is designed with the well-being and comfort of children in mind. With a commitment to ongoing improvement, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital ensures that each child receives the highest quality of care, making their hospital stay as positive and stress-free as possible. Our efforts are reflected in this visual that captures 2023 Press Ganey data:

Surgical Site Infections

Here at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital we are proud members of Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a pediatric quality program and network with over 140 participating hospitals. We are happy to announce that in Quarter three and four of 2023 there were no surgical site infections noted within our cardiac, spinal fusion, and VP shunt patient populations.

Our hospital infection rate during that time period is 0, with the SPS Centerline being 1.686.

Thank you staff for the great work and miracles you perform each day!

Altman, Robin L., MD
  • Pediatrics
Amler, Robert W., MD
  • Pediatrics
Anchin, Dori A., MD
  • Pediatrics
Canter, Jennifer F., MD
  • Pediatrics
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Levis, Rebekka, DO
  • Pediatrics
Moon, Caroline M., MD
  • Pediatrics
Osband, Yardaena, MD
  • Pediatrics
Scherr, Jennifer A., MD
  • Pediatrics
Wancier, Romina G., MD
  • Pediatrics
Zaman, Moneeka, MD
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