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About the Pediatric Unit

The Pediatrics Unit at Penn State Health St. Joseph promotes family-centered care, an approach that recognizes the value of health care providers, patients, and families working together to create a team.

The Pediatric Unit cares for general pediatric illnesses including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, dehydration, urinary tract infections, skin infections, viral infections, some orthopedic and surgical conditions and a variety of other conditions.

Our nurses are specially trained to care for infants and pediatric patients. Your child may also see medical students and family medicine residents who work closely with our Pediatric Hospitalists during their hospital stay. All of this allows for comprehensive care of your child.



All of our hospitalists provide a familiar and consistent approach to inpatient care. They are able to react to situations promptly, and can modify treatment plans, follow up on test results, and update your family as new information becomes available during the course of the day.

If possible, we encourage parents to bring a list of your child’s medications and immunization records. We ask that you let us know of any allergies to foods or medications.

We encourage you to bring any comfort/security items from home, such as a blanket or favorite stuffed animal. Our pediatric unit also has a large playroom stocked with toys, puzzles and books. There are x-boxes in every patient room and there are a selection of games and movies available. We also have a large fish tank on our unit. All of this helps decrease your child’s anxiety about being in the hospital.

Our Pediatric Hospitals and nursing staff will provide detailed discharge instructions. You will be encouraged to make a post hospital follow up visit with your child’s regular physician, and pertinent hospital records will be given to you to bring to your child’s physician.

Watch as Dr. Mary Ann Mancano describes her role as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Penn State Health St. Joseph.

About Pediatric Hospitalists

Dr. Mary Ann Mancano, Director, Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Haley Spagnola serve as the Pediatric Hospitalists for Penn State Health St. Joseph. The Pediatric Hospitalist team specializes in the care of children, from healthy newborns to 17 years of age, with a variety of medical conditions from acute illnesses to complex chronic health conditions, who require treatment during their in-patient stay in the hospital. They communicate with your child’s primary care physician and specialists to optimally coordinate care.


Mary Ann Mancano, MD

Haley C. Spagnola, DO
Watch as Dr. Mary Ann Mancano describes the benefits of having access to a Pediatric Hospitalist during your stay at Penn State Health St. Joseph

Should your child require pediatric specialists, The Penn State Hershey Pediatric Specialists at Penn State Health St. Joseph partnership allows Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital specialists the opportunity to care for children of Berks County closer to home, while still connected to the resources and expertise of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

About Pediatric Specialists

The following Pediatric Specialists are available in our community:

Penn State Pediatric Specialists
2494 Bernville Road, Suite 106
Reading, PA 19605
Map / Directions
610-898-1800 610-898-1800

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PSHMC Pediatric Gastroenterology
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