Close to Home Pediatric Care in Northern Michigan

Every child is precious – and we treat each one as if they were our own. Munson Healthcare board-certified pediatric specialists, pediatric nurses, and child life specialists, approach children of all ages with calm gentleness to ease their fears – and the fears of their parents. Our experienced pediatric team has specialized training in the distinct medical and emotional needs of these small patients. We provide the best care possible so children can quickly become well again.

“Children are the most honest, perfect, most beautiful patients there are.” -Pediatrician Robert Sprunk, MD

Hospital and Neonatal Intensive Care for Infants and Children

Hospital care is available for infants and children at Munson Healthcare hospitals in Charlevoix, Gaylord, Grayling, Manistee, and Traverse City. Newborn and neonatal services are available at Cadillac Hospital. Munson Healthcare hospitals partner with DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. for advanced pediatric care, such as pediatric surgery.

Munson Medical Center also has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – the only NICU north of Grand Rapids, Mich. The NICU is staffed by board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and specially-trained neonatal nurses to care for our littlest patients. 

Visiting pediatric heart and cancer specialists hold clinics in Cadillac and Traverse City for consultations and follow-up care for children who need advanced services.

Munson Healthcare Provides a Wide Range of Pediatric Services

Adult Congenital Heart Program Clinic

A Michigan Medicine pediatric cardiologist sees teen and adult patients four times a year at Munson Medical Center. Adult patients also are seen as needed in Ann Arbor, usually within two weeks. Any heart condition that was present in childhood, even if discovered as an adult, is appropriate for the clinic.

Bleeding Disorders

The Northern Regional Bleeding Disorders Center in Traverse City provides excellent, comprehensive medical care and support for children with bleeding disorders and their families, including those with hemophilia, Von Willebrand’s disease, and other inherited blood disorders.

Cancer

Children in northern Michigan with cancer are seen at the Cowell Family Cancer Center in Traverse City by pediatric hematology and oncology specialists from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Care is provided locally to reduce travel time for children and their families.

Cardiac Clinics

A pediatric cardiologist from Michigan Medicine holds monthly pediatric cardiology clinics at the Munson Healthcare Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. A pediatric cardiologist from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids holds a monthly specialty clinic in the Cardiac Diagnostic Suite at Munson Medical Center, usually on the third Thursday of the month.

Child Care

Munson Healthcare offers child care services in Frankfort, Kalkaska, and Interlochen.

Child Life Program

The child life specialist at Munson Medical Center works one-on-one with children in the Emergency Department and in the hospital to ease their fears and prepare them for procedures.

Concussion

Munson Healthcare offers the Concussion Recognition and Neurological Intervention, United Management (CRANIUM) program to evaluate and treat student athletes and others for concussion, and help them safely return to their school and sports activities.

Craniofacial Clinic

A visiting specialist offers a clinic once a month for children with cleft lip or cleft palate at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City. Call 231-935-8125.

Developmental Assessment Clinic

Free follow-up screenings are provided for infants who have been patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or others who had serious medical problems at birth. The clinic provides a multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, social workers, neonatologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and developmental specialists.

Diabetes Education

A specialist from DeVos Children’s Hospital sees children with type 1 diabetes at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City. Services for children and families also are provided by Munson Healthcare Diabetes Education Program.

Feeding Program

Infants and children through age four receive one-on-one sessions with a specialized therapist to assess and resolve feeding problems.

Immunizations

Immunizations for children are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 - 8 pm and Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City. No appointment is needed. Immunizations are also available at Munson Healthcare family care offices.

Inpatient Pediatrics

Newborn and neonatal care is provided at all Munson Healthcare hospitals. Inpatient pediatric care is provided at Charlevoix Hospital, Grayling Hospital, Manistee Hospital, Mackinac Straits Health System, Munson Medical Center, and Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Munson Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides highly skilled medical care for premature and special needs infants from all around northern Michigan.

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on functional skills such as dressing and self-care that are important to each child and support his or her health, well-being, and development.

Orthopedics

Orthopedic specialists work directly with student athletes and others to prevent and treat sports injuries.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help children with musculoskeletal problems develop their gross motors skills such as rolling, crawling, sitting, walking, balance, and coordination.

Pediatricians and Family Care Specialists

Pediatricians provide specialty care for infants to young adults. Family care specialists provide lifelong care for all members of the family.

Rheumatology Clinic

A pediatric rheumatologist from Michigan Medicine holds a clinic for children with rheumatic diseases at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City.

Sleep Disorders

Munson Healthcare Sleep Disorders Centers can evaluate sleep problems in children and teens including insomnia, bedtime behavior problems, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep schedule problems, sleepwalking, and night terrors.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists treat children of all ages and provide a child-centered treatment approach to help children with speech, language and cognitive disorders gain their maximum level of independence.

Sports Medicine

Munson Medical Center’s Sports Medicine program provides direct care and education to student athletes at local junior and senior high schools. Care includes on-site services with certified athletic trainers who emphasize injury prevention and provide CPR and First Aid certification for coaches.

Synagis Clinic

Specialized treatment for premature infants includes inoculation for RSV, available at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Traverse City. Call 231-935-8125.

Teen Health Corner

Teen Health Corners in Fife Lake and Kalkaska offer health care services for students at Kalkaska and Forest Area Schools, as well as home schooled and charter school students, ages 5 - 21 in Fife Lake and 10 - 21 in Kalkaska.