Pediatric Services

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We serve pediatric patients of all ages, from day-old infants 18-year-olds in our 25-bed pediatric unit, with age-appropriate care and sensitivity for each child’s individual needs.

Our board-certified hospital-based pediatricians are in the hospital 24 hours a day, available to provide ongoing care for your child. In addition, our in-house physicians work closely with each child’s primary pediatrician, to ensure an optimal continuum of care.

Contact the Pediatrics Department with any questions at (626) 397-5144.

When Your Child is Sick

This flu season is especially challenging given the presence of flu, COVID-19 and RSV in our community. Here are some resources for parents. We also encourage you to learn more about the Infection Prevention program at Huntington Hospital.

RSV & Children

For information about RSV in infants and children, go to: RSV in Infants and Young Children | CDC

Flu & Children

Flu Vaccines are Important for Children | CDC

COVID-19 & Children

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children | CDC

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To schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, go to: My Turn – California COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling & Notifications

For additional information about COVID-19 and children, go to: COVID-19 Information (Huntington Health Physicians) | Huntington Hospital

Visitation Guidelines

We are happy to welcome healthy visitors to our campus. Please review our visitor policy prior to your arrival.

Meet your Care Team

Brittany Middleton
Brittany Middleton, MD
Medical Director, Pediatrics

The prestigious Huntington Hospital team consists of a full array of specially trained pediatric experts.

Led by medical director Brittany N. Middleton, MD, the team includes neonatologists, intensivists, house-based pediatricians, pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists, a dedicated social worker, child-life specialist and pediatric general surgeons.

House-based pediatricians include:

Ernie Maldonado
Ernie Maldonado, MD
Cathy McElveen
Cathy McElveen, MD
Deborah Gever
Deborah Gever, MD

Samantha Cha
Samantha Cha, MD

See our Physician Directory to find more pediatricians.

Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at Huntington Hospital are independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.

Pediatric Surgery

We offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures for children. We have a dedicated team of expert pediatric surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists to ensure the highest quality care.

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Shriners Partnership

We established a collaboration in pediatric medicine with Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Southern California. Shriners is a world-renowned leader in pediatric subspecialty care, treating patients with orthopedic conditions (including those with hand disorders and those requiring prosthetics and orthotics), as well as burn scars and cleft lip/palate.

Through our partnership, Shriners surgeons perform select inpatient pediatric procedures at our hospital. Patients experience the many benefits of our advanced care environment, and receive postsurgical care from our expert clinical team, in collaboration with Shriners surgeons.

Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s

Access to the highest level of care for children.

Through our affiliation with Cedars-Sinai, Huntington patients can benefit from access to advanced pediatric clinical care and leading-edge research. Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s brings together a broad range of best-in-field pediatric specialists to ensure patients and their families have access to highly coordinated and personalized care.

Patient Stories

Patient story: Grace Mikuriya


When Grace Mikuriya was just 11 years old, her health took a quick turn for the worst. After experiencing intense abdominal pain and vomiting, her parents took her to urgent care to get checked out. Grace was sent home, but her parents remained concerned. They took her to the doctor the next day, who identified […]
Shawn Lau


When Shawn Lau said his chest was hurting when he breathed, his mom, Marianne, was worried — especially in light of the current pandemic. Tests revealed that the cause of the high school student’s discomfort was not COVID-19, but some abnormalities in his lungs. “The doctor told us we needed to go to the emergency department […]
Lily Huang


When Lily Huang was injured going down a pool slide at the age of 6, her mother, Yanling Ma, rushed her to Huntington Hospital. Lily was born here and Yanling knew she could trust us. Lily’s injuries were serious enough that she needed to stay at the hospital for care and observation over several days. […]


Logan Leonard was just two days old when he was diagnosed with a serious health condition. Attentive nurses at Huntington Hospital identified the problem — ensuring Logan could receive prompt diagnosis and treatment. Tests revealed that little Logan had Hirschsprung disease. One in every 5,000 newborns has this condition. These infants lack special nerve cells, […]


Like many kids his age, 3-year-old Emmanuel Peniche had started potty training. During one potty session, though, something went very wrong. Emmanuel started crying — apparently in pain — and then passed out. Afraid, his parents, Felipe and Jetzabel, rushed him to a nearby hospital. The facility was not equipped to treat him, so he […]
READ MORE Emmanuel

View all patient stories here.

Pediatric Support Services

We offer a variety of diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services including:

Pet Therapy

A smiling happy child in medical dress

Our Pet Therapy volunteers are available many times a week, bringing their furry friends to the pediatric unit to help alleviate stress and anxiety.

To see a video about our Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) program, click here.

Child Life

Providing child appropriate toys, video games and interventions to ease your child’s stay in the hospital.

Dietary & Nutritional Services

Specialized pediatric nutritionists attend daily rounds to ensure optimal nutrition for healing and recovery.

Social Worker

Available to help with a wide variety of psychosocial needs for our families during a time of crisis.

Diagnostic Services

Our sophisticated diagnostics include ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, endoscopy and broncoscopy services.

Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy

We offer a full range of therapy services with therapists who work closely with parents and caregivers to develop care programs for children, and to help ensure ongoing services.

Music Therapy

We are fortunate to have volunteers come to our pediatric unit and provide comfort with sound, including a harpist!

Asthma Education & Management

Huntington Hospital’s community asthma classes are designed from the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines. The classes help to decrease emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and missing work or school. For more information, click here.

Pediatric Pharmacy

A special satellite pharmacy provides outstanding expertise in pediatric pharmacology.

For more information, please call (626) 397-5144.

For Healthcare Professionals: Minimally invasive surgery

Huntington Hospital provides the most minimally invasive surgery available. Physicians interested in minimally invasive procedures can contact a physician at Huntington Hospital to discuss the available surgical options for a child.

Huntington Hospital’s pediatric surgery team provides a comprehensive range of services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with surgical needs. Areas of surgical expertise include general, orthopedic surgery, PDA ligation and reconstructive surgery. Whenever possible, we look to perform the most minimally invasive surgery available.

Minimally invasive surgery is a way of performing surgery using smaller instruments and smaller incisions than traditional surgical methods. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to perform operations through very small incisions. Minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages, including faster healing, shorter hospital stays, less pain, and reduced trauma to normal tissues. Technological advancements allow surgeons to do many surgical procedures in a minimally invasive manner. Instead of traditional incisions, which may require weeks for complete healing, minimally invasive procedures use instruments that allow physicians to see inside the body and perform the needed procedures with only small incisions for more rapid healing.

The technology is changing rapidly, allowing for more complex conditions to be treated using minimally invasive techniques. Families and physicians interested in minimally invasive procedures can meet with the pediatric surgery team at Huntington to discuss the options available and see what options are appropriate for a child.

Service is provided 24-hours a day and includes diagnosis, consultation, management and follow-up care administered by a highly-experienced team of pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists and nurses especially trained for pediatric care.

To arrange for a transport or to speak to a Huntington Hospital physician, please call from the following list:

NICU: (626) 397-8524
PICU: (626) 397-KIDS (5137)
Pediatrics: (626) 397-5144