Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Children with Chronic Diseases
When chronic illnesses such as asthma, eczema and long COVID get out of control, sometimes multiple visits are needed to identify and treat all related issues, and get your child’s health back on track.
This program is highly effective. Read Ian Kearney's story to learn how our team helped him with food allergies.
The Day Program at National Jewish Health for Kids provides the intensity of an inpatient stay with the convenience of outpatient visits to address the full range of health care needs from evaluation to behavioral health, patient education, medication, self-management and more.
Over a set number of consecutive business days, determined based on your child’s specific needs, a team of specialists work together to evaluate your child’s condition and create a treatment plan. Your child’s Day Program team will work with you to start the treatment plan and teach you how to continue following it at home. We will also communicate all recommendations with your child’s primary doctor so care can stay on track, and you and your family have a support system at home.
The mission of the National Jewish Health for Kids Day Program is to accurately diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory, COVID and immune system disorders, while teaching you how to manage your child’s health condition.
The Day Program provides the same high quality, individualized and comprehensive care that comes from our world-renown reputation. A team of experts in medicine, behavioral health, rehabilitation therapy, nutrition, patient education and more, work together with children, adolescents, families and primary physicians.
This team helps you:
- Gain a greater understanding of your child’s disease
- Provides hands-on learning to manage their condition(s)
- Creates a long-term treatment plan that’s tailored to your child’s particular needs
At the end of your child’s stay, you take this plan home with you and continue what you learned in the Day Program.
Why National Jewish Health?
Time: We don’t believe in the 20-minute office visit. We believe in taking time to listen to parents and children, so we can make accurate diagnoses and individualize treatment plans for your child’s specific needs.
Multispecialty Approach: We treat chronic diseases every day, so we know that they can be complex and affect more than physical health. The Day Program uses a multispecialty approach to address how your child’s chronic disease affects behavior, mental health, social interactions and family life. This approach provides children and their families with an increased sense of independence, confidence, and control over the illness.
The providers at National Jewish Health are nationally recognized with expertise in asthma, allergies, eczema, food allergies, immunology, pulmonology and pharmacology.
Convenience: Our team of providers works together seamlessly to make an accurate diagnosis and develop treatment and education plans that addresses all the unique needs of your child’s health. This type of evaluation and patient education can’t happen in the normal outpatient clinic setting.
Results: Your child will do a better job managing their health condition after learning from our team and practicing how to manage and cope with it at home. For many years, parents have told us how the Day Program has helped their children and what a difference it has made in their families.
We can help your child too.
We treat many more chronic diseases. If you are unsure if your child would benefit from the Day Program at National Jewish Health for Kids, please contact us at 303.398.1239. We’re happy to answer your questions and discuss ways we may be able to help!
Chronic illness affects the emotional well-being of children and their families. For this reason, every child, regardless of their age, is assigned a Behavioral Health Clinician. Their role is to support your family throughout their stay. Families typically have appointments with them every few days. Sessions are adapted for you and can include individual and family meetings.
Depending on the length of your stay, your behavioral health clinician may provide behavioral and developmental screeners to help guide follow up that may be needed at home.
Your behavioral health clinician will also make recommendations as part of the medical plan when you are discharged. They may also prepare a school care plan, to make sure your child’s medical needs are known to school staff and that your child has everything they need to learn and grow there.
Frequently topics addressed
When your child comes to the National Jewish Health for Kids Day Program, a multidisciplinary team that’s led by a board-certified pediatric allergist or pulmonologist, will manage their care.
This doctor leads the comprehensive and individualized (precision medicine) approach, by working with other specialists to evaluate, educate and treat your child. The Day Program tailors its approach based on what each child needs. Day Program services may include:
You may ask to see a Child Life at any time during your visit to National Jewish Health Day Program. Child life services are available at no cost to the patient.
Before leaving the Day Program, we will make sure you and your child understand the treatment plan and that you can do the prescribed treatments correctly by yourselves. We will work with your primary care provider to monitor your child's progresses on the treatment plan. Together, we will make adjustments and provide re-education as needed.
Mark Boguniewicz, MD
Ronina A. Covar, MD
Karen L. Gentile, MSN, RN, CPNP
Elizabeth Gyorkos, PA-C
Nathan Rabinovitch, MD, MPH
Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health
- The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
- Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years
- Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
- Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
- Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials
- 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders