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Pediatric Health Initiatives

Asthma Care

Niswonger Children’s Hospital provides asthma care within the network of primary care offices, emergency departments and other hospitals in the community. Within this collaborative framework, Niswonger Children’s Hospital is improving the quality of life for children with asthma. Learn More

B.E.A.R. Buddies Program

The B.E.A.R. Buddies (Being Engaged to Achieve Reading) program pairs high school students with elementary students who need a boost in reading skills. Buddies meet weekly to work on reading skills. Older students gain mentoring and leadership abilities, and serve as positive role models. Learn More

Injury Prevention

The people at Niswonger Children’s Hospital care about your child’s health. We provide information and education on how to best prevent injuries and accidents with several programs, including prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, general safety tips, and specifics on safe car seats and helmet safety. 

Car Seat Safety

Choose the RIGHT car seat for your child. There is no one “best” car seat for your child; choose the one that best fits your child. The longer you can leave your child in the most secure position, the safer your child will be. Niswonger Children’s Hospital also provides car seat installation and inspection to ensure that every child can travel safely. To make SURE your child’s car seat is installed correctly, contact The Children’s Resource Center at Niswonger Children’s Hospital to schedule an appointment: 423-431-4891 or crcinfo@msha.comLearn More

Helmet Safety

Got wheels? Get a helmet. Here’s what you need to know about riding safety. Bicycles, skateboards, skates and scooters are all popular play vehicles for kids. Play vehicles can be fun, but they are also a leading cause of childhood injuries. Following these safety rules will help keep you outside having fun and out of the emergency room. Learn More

The Morning Mile

What is the Morning Mile? It’s a chance for kids in elementary and middle schools to start every morning being active, to walk or run off some before-school energy, earn prizes, have fun with friends and family, and most important of all, to get a head start on the long-term benefits of an active lifestyle. It starts at your school, and it’s free! 

Why is Niswonger Children’s Hospital bringing the Morning Mile to your school? Because Niswonger Children’s Hospital cares about children’s health. The Morning Mile was created to help children develop healthy habits, like daily exercise. Exercising before school increases oxygen flow to the brain, reduces stress and improves mood. Research proves that kids who exercise regularly do better in school. That’s why programs like the Morning Mile are perfect for your child’s school. Niswonger Children’s Hospital has been an active Morning Mile participant since 2014. Last year, over 40,000 kids participated in the Morning Mile and more than 325,000 miles were completed! Learn More

Legislative Advocacy

Big decisions about the future of health care continue at both the state and federal levels. Children are a distinct and generally under-represented population in the health care world, and their needs are often overshadowed by larger groups with lobbying power. Niswonger Children’s Hospital is committed to getting our children’s voices heard! The Ballad Health Government Relations Department works with our elected representatives in Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C. to ensure that the needs of our youngest patients are always considered when our leaders are making decisions on the future of health care. 

Health & Wellness

Niswonger Children’s Hospital is committed to great, family-centered care, both inside the hospital, and throughout the community. Niswonger Children’s Hospital provides awareness and health education that targets crucial health issues. We participate in programs such as the Scarecrow Skedaddle and Family Activity Day with ETSU, and the Niswonger Children’s Hospital annual school health conference. Niswonger Children’s Hospital also partners with many of our regional schools for the Morning Mile, a program to help reduce the impact of childhood obesity in our region. At Niswonger Children’s Hospital, we believe that our commitment to children includes keeping children healthy through education and partnerships with individuals and groups outside the walls of the hospital.