After discussion with Pediatricians providing care to patients in Northern Sussex County, Milford Memorial temporarily stopped admitting patients to the pediatric inpatient unit on January 1, 2014.
This decision was made because Milford's Pediatric Department has on average less than one patient per day. The decline in inpatient pediatric admissions is not unusual. Pediatric inpatient admissions have fallen dramatically across the country primarily due to new medications and treatment options that allow parents to manage, with Pediatrician oversight, a child's illness in the home setting.
Pediatric patients needing inpatient hospitalization will be transferred to Kent General's Pediatric Department, or as necessary, transferred to a hospital specializing in pediatric care.