Your Town Marshfield: Marshfield Clinic’s Children’s Hospital

Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 1:38 PM CDT
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) - Marshfield Clinic Children’s Hospital is one of the four in the entire state, and the doctors that work there have a passion for pediatric care.

Treating children requires a different attitude from the doctor and patience toward the children. Dr. Edward Fernandez, the director for the pediatric ICU and chief of staff sees that attitude in his staff.

“They know how to deal with kids. They know how to get a smile out of them. You’re going to do a painful procedure, you’re going to start an IV. You Know how to talk a child through it,” Dr. Fernandez said.

Adult patients can typically explain to you what they are feeling. Children are a different case.

“It’s a pleasure to look at somebody who cannot tell you what’s wrong with them,” Dr. Fernandez said.

The attitude comes from a love for treating patients. Dr. Edna DeVries, the VPMA for the Children’s Hospital, has stepped into an administrative role as of late. But her passion for children persists.

“I love working with children. My patiencing days, I am in heaven. I really enjoy that,” Dr. DeVries said that.

Even more importantly, there isn’t another children’s hospital within 100 miles.

“It’s so important to have critical care services close to where kids live,” Dr. Fernandez said.

The doctors, nurses and other staff available at the children’s hospital would be harder to reach for people in this region.

“If we weren’t here, the care to children would be harmed,” Dr. Fernandez said.

And for people like Dr. Sushma Thappeta, the medical director for the pediatric inpatient unit, the work goes a long way.

“They are fighters. They can tolerate any kind of pain but then they forget about it. And then once they are better, all the smiles that we get, that’s the most interesting aspect of pediatrics.”

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