Pediatric Services at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children's Hospital

A child receives pediatric services at Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital

Emergency Pediatric Services in Memphis, TN

Staffed 24/7 with pediatric physicians, pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners, the 10-bay pediatric ER provides care for a host of issues. We offer emergency pediatric services for broken bones, fever, sprains, strains and tears, dehydration, flu, respiratory illnesses (including acute asthma and pneumonia), lacerations, vomiting and diarrhea, ear infections, rashes, abdominal pain, and new-onset diabetes.

Pediatric Inpatient Unit

Opened in September 2000, the Hardin Pediatric Center is Baptist’s inpatient unit, created through the generosity of Helen and Jabie Hardin to further enhance the quality of life of those treated by the dedicated physicians and staff at Baptist. The 12-room inpatient unit is staffed by a complete team of registered pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists, and pediatric hospitalists.

It is specifically designed to meet not only children’s medical needs but also provide a space large enough for families to gather and provide emotional support. To make patients feel more at home at our children’s hospital inpatient unit, we provide toys and movies for all ages.

Through a generous gift from The Play Foundation and Spence & Becky Wilson in honor of their mothers Dorothy Wilson and Becky Webb, our inpatient playroom opened to allow children to have a place of refuge through play therapy.  The playroom was designed with technological, artistic and behavioral aspects of play to approach all avenues of learning and healing through play therapy.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Opened in April 2017, Baptist provides comprehensive, continuous care for critically ill children. This 12-bed unit has a pediatric critical care physician, also known as an intensivist, in house 24/7. The unit is also staffed by a complete team of registered nurses and respiratory therapists, all of whom specialize in pediatric care.

Some children may require more frequent monitoring, per their illness or by a physician’s order. Nurses at our Baptist children’s hospital have a constant view of these patients through glass windows and doors. They use heart and oxygen monitors to take patient vitals. These monitors enable the nursing staff to assess a patient’s condition continuously and can minimize awakenings to let your child rest. Vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen level are displayed on screens located in each room and at the nursing stations.

P.D.'s Perch

P.D.’s Perch is our pediatric outpatient center. This designated area is where a child life specialist provides medical play and support for your child in a comfortable atmosphere. This helps your little one to understand what to expect prior to and following their medical procedure. Our pediatric care team will ensure your visit will be as brief as possible so you can get back to what matters most.

Our outpatient pediatric services include:

  • A full-service lab drawn by pediatric nurses, fluoroscopy exams, respiratory care, nutrition counseling, audiology, catheterizations, intravenous infusions (e.g., antibiotics, blood and IV immune globulin), intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, moderate sedation and general anesthesia. 
  • Diagnostics, including diagnostic X-rays, CT scans with anesthesia capabilities, EKG, MRI with anesthesia capabilities and ultrasounds.

Pediatric surgery

Pre-admission surgery evaluation, as well as pre-surgery and post-surgery pediatric rooms, are available through the adjacent Baptist Women’s Hospital. Pediatric surgery services include:

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic surgery
  • General surgery needs

Our Baptist pediatric general surgeons are located in the professional office building attached to Baptist Women’s Hospital. The pediatric surgery team, our pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric endocrinologists have quick access to the NICU, inpatient unit, PICU and emergency room.

The Baptist Multispecialty clinic holds follow-up visits and sees new patients in the Clinic. To contact us, please call 901-227-9870.

Certified Child Life Specialists

What is a certified child life specialist? These specialists enhance a child’s and family's ability to cope while minimizing the stresses of the pediatric health care experience through medical play, play therapy, free play, preoperative teaching, procedure education, social interaction, distractions or support during medical procedures.


In 2014, Spence and Becky Wilson made a major gift to help further the growth of our pediatric hospital on the Baptist Memphis campus.