November 30, 2011

Sumner Regional Medical Center Announces Opening of Dedicated 10-bed Pediatric Unit

Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center, announced today the hospital will be opening a 10-bed dedicated Pediatric Care Unit to provide care for infants and children up to age 18. The pediatric unit is expected to be open by the end of the year.


“While Sumner Regional Medical Center has provided care for infants and children for more than 50 years, we’re now expanding that care by opening a dedicated 10-bed pediatric unit within the hospital,” said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System. “The unit will be staffed by the Vanderbilt Integrated Provider pediatricians on SRMC’s medical staff and a pediatric nursing team who have recently received extensive training in pediatric care.”



Pictured, left to right:  Ron Miller, M.D., Victoria Rundus, M.D., Elizabeth Buskirk, M.D., Norman Spencer, M.D., Steven Riley, M.D., Jason Kastner, M.D., Jo Ann Cook Collins, M.D., and Samuel Murray, M.D.



The eight pediatricians at Gallatin Children’s Clinic, part of the Vanderbilt Integrated Providers MidSouth network of physician clinics, will treat patients who are admitted to the unit. Drs. Norman Spencer, Ronald Miller, Elizabeth Buskirk, Jo Ann Cook Collins, Jason Kastner, Samuel Murray, Steven Riley and Victoria Rundus are all members of the SRMC medical staff and all received their pediatric training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


“We are fortunate to have one of the best pediatric teams in the region located literally across the street from the hospital,” added Lewis.  “Since these physicians are all on the staff at the Children’s Hospital, it just makes sense to provide dedicated space for pediatric patients in Gallatin. It is also important to provide nurses who are specifically trained in pediatric care. “


Pediatrician Dr. Ron Miller, who is also chief of the SRMC medical staff said, “Sumner Regional steps up to another level of care with the opening of a dedicated pediatric unit. This gives Gallatin, Sumner, and the surrounding counties local access to a new level of care.  Now for me, another important thing is that this care will be delivered by trained professionals who live in your community and may be your friends and neighbors. We all want to be treated like family and Sumner has always done that very well."


Dr. Norman Spencer added, “Our group has always felt that it is best for children to receive their hospital care as close to home and family support as possible. Our pediatric unit will facilitate this goal by providing excellent care for children who are not facing severe illnesses, but require only routine hospital care. We also have the ability to quickly access specialty care and intensive care facilities if the child's course or illness warrants it.”


In addition to the higher level of care children and their families will experience at SRMC, the dedicated pediatric unit will also provide a comfortable, friendly atmosphere for the hospital’s younger patients, one that was designed with their comfort in mind. 


“The unit features child-inspired décor, brightly colored private patient rooms with large, flat screen televisions and PlayStation® video gaming units, and a newly designed activity room filled with toys and other activities to take a child’s mind off being ill,” said Jan Moser, RN, Director of Pediatrics at SRMC. “Our pediatric nursing team is excited about the opportunity we now have to provide a child-friendly setting for delivering an even higher level of pediatric care to our patients at SRMC.”


The hospital will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event on Sun., Dec. 18, in the Pediatric Care Unit, which will be located on the third floor of Tower B within the hospital.  The ribbon-cutting will take place at 1 p.m., followed by a community open house, “Milk and Cookies with Santa,” until 5 p.m.  Each family who attends will receive a free 4x6 photograph with Santa Claus, refreshments and a tour of the new unit.


For more information about the Pediatric Care Unit at SRMC, visit



About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System.  The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women’s and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit



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