Welcome to the Pediatric Transitional Care Program at South Davis Community Hospital LTAC. As Utah's only pediatric LTAC we have the ability to provide the level of medical care needed while also focusing on growth and development. The goal of our program is to provide exceptional care for children with special medical and respiratory needs in a family-oriented environment. You and your child are key members of our treatment team. We value your participation in goal setting, treatment planning, and the hands-on delivery of care. To ensure that the goals and expectations for your child’s stay are met, please share with us your needs, impressions, feedback and concerns.
South Davis Community Hospital Campus is in Bountiful, Utah and serves as a “bridge” from the NICU/PICU to home. We work closely with Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH), University of Utah Hospital, Comprehensive Care Clinic, and many of the specialists your child has seen while at PCH. We are committed to give our patients the highest level of medical and therapeutic care while providing a continuum of care after NICU level of care is no longer required. Our extensive training program ensures your child and family are fully prepared to successfully discharge home with all the resources, training, and equipment needed to smoothly transition from hospital to home.
Providers: Dr. Jennifer Brinton and Dr. Nancy Murphy will be the accepting physicians that oversee your child’s day-to-day medical needs while at South Davis Community Hospital's Specialty Pediatrics. Also, many PCH specialists that are already familiar with your child will continue to consult after admission to SDCH.
Nancy Murphy, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR is a Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Since joining the faculty at PCH in 2001, she has been the Medical Director of the Pediatric Transitional Care Program at South Davis Community Hospital. In 2007, she established the Comprehensive Care Program at Primary Children’s Hospital for children with complex conditions and disabilities, often with technology dependencies. She is the Immediate Past Chair of Council of Children with Disabilities, a national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Throughout her career as a pediatric physiatrist, Dr. Murphy has focused her clinical and academic work on the care of children with disabilities in the context of their families and communities.
Jennifer Brinton, MD, graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine and completed residency in categorical Pediatrics at the institution. She was a partner with Utah Valley Pediatrics (UVPEDS) in Orem, Utah, for 5 ½ years before leaving practice to care for her family. While in practice, she participated in UPIQ quality-improvement projects in asthma, ADHD and Medical Home, and applied for and was awarded a grant from the Utah Chapter of the American Lung Association for an asthma quality improvement project. She was the chair of the Quality Improvement Committee for UVPEDS her last two years in practice, and served as a volunteer pediatrician at the Utah County United Way free clinic once a month for two years. Dr. Brinton cares for children as a general pediatrician at South Davis Community Hospital and a Hospitalist at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She has a special interest in disease prevention, child advocacy and the comprehensive care of children with special healthcare needs.
Nursing: Nursing staff consists of specially trained registered nurses who have received additional training on the SERVO-U ventilator. All our nurses are ACLS and PALS certified and complete an extensive training prior to working on the LTAC unit. These nurses are experts in caring for respiratory and medically complex children and are familiar with training and teaching family members as they get prepared to care for their child at home.
Respiratory Therapy: With over 30 years of extensive experience in ventilators and trach weaning preparing your child for home is our specialty. On-site 24/7, SDCH has the only LTAC team capable of managing NICU ventilator (SERVO-U) outside of an acute hospital intensive care unit (ICU). Our bridge program allows our smallest patients the chance to receive additional therapy time while growing as they are transitioning from the NICU ventilator to the home ventilator.
Wound Care: A full time certified wound care nurse/team is available with 10 years experience dedicated to wound care. The team has strong relationships with surgeons and wound care clinics in the community providing good resources to the patient if required.
Therapy (Physical, Occupational & Speech): Often the most critical period in recovery and rehabilitation occurs in the early stages of growth. Our therapy team is able to provide optimal outcomes as a result of high quality therapy time during these crucial stages of development. 60-90 minutes per day 5 days a week is valuable time your child will work with our dedicated team of physical, occupational and speech therapists on their individualized plan.
Social Work: Our pediatric social worker will meet with you frequently to discuss your child’s progress, goals and needs, and coordinate discharge planning. The social workers will continuously discuss the plan with you and family - our intent is to keep lines of communication open for a safe and organized discharge.
Dietitian: Our dietitian will meet with you to access your child’s dietary needs and monitor healthy weight gain. Our dietitians will work closely with the other teams to ensure the diet is best suited to your child’s growing needs.
Transportation: Our admissions team will coordinate to transfer your child from the acute care hospital to our SDCH pediatrics unit either via EMS or SDCH’s fully trained transportation team; this same team may also transport your child back to the acute hospital/clinic for follow-up appointments as necessary.
Family Accommodations: Room-in accommodations are available. 10 nights of hotel accommodations are available at the Best Western Cottontree Inn for $25.00/night. RV parking with power, water, and sewage hook-ups are available on the hospital property. Additionally, thanks to our partnership, families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House may continue to utilize this benefit while at South Davis Community Hospital.
Miscellaneous: Visiting hours are flexible and healthy children/adult visitors are welcome. Pets are permitted with prior approval through our recreational therapy department. Full laundry services are included. Spiritual support resources are available.