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The FirstHealth Pediatric Unit has been specially designed to support your child in as comfortable and home-like an environment as possible. Our compassionate nursing staff is committed to providing your child with the very best in patient care.

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At FirstHealth, we know how important it is for your child to receive the best care. From emergency care to inpatient care, our pediatric staff is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of children. Our all-private room Pediatrics Unit cares for babies and children up to 18 years recovering from serious illness or surgery.



Pediatric Hospitalist Program


Nicole S. McMahon, M.D., and John M. Kerr III, M.D., are responsible for the in-hospital care of infants in the hospital’s 18-bed newborn nursery and youngsters being cared for in the eight-bed inpatient pediatric unit. Their services include head-to-toe assessments of newborns as well as breast-feeding assessments and parent education.

They communicate regularly with the hospitalized child’s regular pediatrician or family care provider and then return the patient to the care of the regular provider at discharge.

Dr. McMahon earned her medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Louisiana State University Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and is experienced in general pediatrics, pediatric hospitalist medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

Also board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Kerr has worked with FirstHealth’s Hospitalist Service since 2006. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky.

He also serves as the hospitalist physician for children in the FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care program.




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