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At Mercy Hospital, we know that nothing is more important than restoring your child’s health and well-being. That’s why we created a dedicated Pediatric Department with a special hospital wing to care for children from birth up to age 18.

Patients are referred to this unit by area physicians.

Care that You Can Count On

Always Available

Our pediatricians are available in the hospital 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The Latest Technology & Medicine

As a teaching hospital, Mercy Hospital is at the forefront of advanced medicine and technology.

Recognized for Quality Care

Mercy Hospital has been awarded the Pediatric Patient Safety Excellence Award™ by HealthGrades® for 2010. This award recognizes Mercy Hospital's pediatric care in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and Pediatric Inpatient Unit.

The pediatric unit at Mercy Hospital is outstanding.

I live in Lockport and would much rather make the drive there than to take my kids to Children's. The care is outstanding and the hospital is very clean and updated.

My 11 yr. old recieves Remicade infusions and was petrified of needles when we started. Everyone in the unit was so kind and patient with her that she is no longer scared at all.

Thank you so much!

– Karen Casalinuovo

Private Patient Rooms

Mercy Hospital’s Pediatric Unit offers a child-friendly environment to care for pediatric patients while, at the same time, helping to soothe and reassure them and their families.

The Pediatric Unit features 12 private rooms. Every effort is made to accommodate parents in rooms as well, so they can comfortably stay by their child’s side – day or night.

Children without contagious diseases can enjoy a playroom filled with toys, books and videos.

Our Team

Mercy’s Pediatric team includes:

  • Board-certified and/or Board-eligible pediatricians who are available in the hospital 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week
  • Subspecialty physicians
  • Specially-trained pediatric nurses who are assisted by technicians, registered dietitians (who are experienced in working with the needs of overweight children), clinical social workers and spiritual care specialists


Dr. Anthony VetranoAnthony Vetrano, MD, Chairman of Mercy Hospital’s Pediatrics Department, is board certified in Pediatrics.

Dr. Vetrano is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A graduate of Canisius College and Georgetown University Medical School, he completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 1990.

His areas of interest include the prevention and treatment of childhood behaviors by parent education, as well as pre-adolescent teaching.

Other Pediatric Unit physicians include:

  • Peter Campione, MD, Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Mercy Hospital, with a specialty in pediatrics; is recognized for excellence in tonsillectomy
  • Robert Dukarm, MD, Director of Neonatology
  • Vincent McGravey, MD, Associate Chairman of Pediatric Department, expertise in neonatal care
  • Donald Pickhardt, MD, Hospital Pediatrics
  • Tracie Seaman, MD, Hospital Pediatrics

Ask Us Anything


At Mercy Hospital, subspecialists – physicians who specialize in a specific aspect of pediatric medicine – are part of your child’s healthcare team. Our subspecialists include local pediatric experts in:

  • Neurology
  • Allergies (specializing in those associated with the GI tract)
  • Cardiology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Neonatology
  • Orthopedics (common fractures and joint ailments)
  • Rheumatology (includes connective tissue diseases)

Emergency Care

The hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) staff places a high priority on pediatric patients. In the ER, children are seen as quickly as possible. Those needing private care are transported directly to the Pediatric Unit.

Mercy Hospital also has transfer policies with Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for those children whose needs require intensive or specialized treatment that cannot be provided at Mercy Hospital.

More Information

For more information about our pediatric services, contact HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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