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Pediatric Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview

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The Pediatric Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center helps to maximize the level of comfort and care we are able to offer our youngest patients. Our combined pediatric emergency department and inpatient unit delivers innovative, family-centered pediatric care. The Pediatric Center offers:

  • A waiting room dedicated to pediatric patients and their families
  • In-room registration and triage
  • Large, private rooms with close proximity to staff
  • Pediatric providers and staff dedicated to providing excellent family-centered care
  • A commitment to open and consistent communication with community providers

Johns Hopkins Bayview's Pediatric Center provides care for children with general pediatric problems who need a short hospital stay. Treatment and care are coordinated by an in-house pediatrician (24-hour coverage). Nursing care is provided by a staff of experienced pediatric nurses.

A pediatric provider will see your child daily in the morning, with additional visits as needed 24 hours a day. You may not see the same provider from one day to the next. However, be assured that we will keep each other informed about your child’s medical conditions. When possible, we communicate regularly with your child’s primary care provider and will send them a summary of your child’s hospital stay once your child is discharged.

Referring providers are invited to call the unit 24/7 to discuss patients needing emergency department or hospital care.


Care Providers

Our pediatric care team includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nurse technicians, child life specialists and social workers. We work together to oversee your child’s care. A health care provider is always in the hospital available to you and your child.

  • Curry, Mary (Ceal)

    Child Life Specialist

    Ceal Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Virginia Common Wealth Univeristy and began her career at Kennedy Krieger before coming to Johns Hopkins Bayview as the child life coordinator in 1981. Ceal works with patients, families and the community at large including as the director of Camp Superkids. She is proudest of the collaboration and teamwork that the department relies on to support the needs of its patients.

    Ceal has an interest in patients with neuropsychiatric problems and has been an integral part of improving the care of these patients in the Medical Center’s pediatric unit.

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  • Harrow, Cheryl, CRNP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Cheryl Harrow, CRNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Maryland. Cheryl began her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (then Baltimore City Hospitals) more than 30 years ago in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Cheryl has worked in all areas of maternal child health and is an internationally board-certified lactation consultant, certified in low-risk neonatal nursing. She is also a CPR Instructor.

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  • Kennedy, Jennifer, PA-C, MS

    Physician Assistant

    A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jennifer Kennedy, PA-C, MS, earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned a master's in physician assistant sciences from the Towson/Essex PA Program in 2009, joining the Johns Hopkins Bayview pediatric hospitalist group in 2010.

    Jennifer works in the newborn nursery, pediatric inpatient floor and pediatric emergency department. In 2012, she received several awards for patient safety for notifying the Baltimore City Health Department about an unapproved/unregulated medication that several of her patients were using, called Baczol.

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  • McHargue, Lisa, CRNP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Lisa McHargue, CRNP, began nursing in high school as a licensed practical nurse. She earned a nursing degree, as well as neonatal nurse practitioner certification at Georgetown University. She completed a master's degree at University of Maryland in 1998.

    Lisa has worked with neonates since 1986. She began working in the NICU at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 1989, and transferred to the newborn nursery in 2006. She is fascinated by the science of human physiology, especially the prenatal and early postnatal development of the body. She believes prevention and holistic approach to health are paramount to well-being. She enjoys Johns Hopkins Bayview because of the people she works with. "They're like family to me."

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  • Watters, Amber, PA-C, MMS

    Physician Assistant

    Amber Watters, PA-C, MMS, completed physician assistant training and earned a master's in medical science in 2006. It was then that she began her career at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. “I love working with the staff. We are one big happy family. The patients are refreshing, and it's nice to able to help children (and their parents) feel better.”

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  • Williams, Katelyn, PA-C, MPAS

    Physician Assistant

    Katelyn Williams, PA-C, MPAS, received her B.A. in physiology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities before completing her physician assistant training and master’s degree at South University Richmond campus in 2019. Katelyn then began her career at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, treating patients in the pediatric emergency department, pediatric inpatient floor and the newborn nursery. Working with children and their families has long been a passion of hers, and she enjoys caring for the families in her community.

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Services & Resources for Parents

The Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview also offers services and resources for parents.

Pediatric Patient Forms

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