New Family-Friendly Center Streamlines Pediatric Emergency Care

It can be stressful for families when children have broken bones, serious respiratory problems, high fevers and other medical emergencies. But now, kids can get care in a new cutting-edge facility: the Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, located adjacent to the new Center for Emergency Medicine on the campus of University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The facility is specifically designed to meet children's unique needs.

“Emergency rooms often have a reputation of being scary places for children and their families,” says Martha Wright, MD, Interim Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “But our new emergency center offers pediatric patients exceptional emergency and trauma services in an environment that helps ease any anxieties they may have.”

Continued excellence

About 30,000 children received emergency care and 7,300 obtained trauma services each year in the previous pediatric emergency department at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. That facility had 10 pediatric beds and one pediatric trauma room, which was located in the adult emergency room. The new Pediatric Emergency Center features:

  • Thirteen private rooms for pediatric patients and five additional beds that can be used for pediatric or adult patients depending on patient volume
  • Monitoring capabilities in each patient room allows staff to observe patients’ cardiac and respiratory functions at a central viewing station
  • Onsite X-ray, CT scan and basic laboratory services
  • Isolation and decontamination rooms for potential bioterrorism situations
  • Valet parking

“With added rooms, the newest technology and onsite imaging and lab services, we can serve more patients and treat them faster and more efficiently,” Dr. Wright says.

Advanced pediatric trauma care

The Center also features a two-bay pediatric trauma room with the capacity to expand into other rooms, as needed.

“Children and teenagers who suffer serious falls, motor vehicle and bicycle crashes, and other traumatic injuries require immediate attention,” says Anthony DeRoss, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma. “Our patients have onsite access to Northeast Ohio’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center — the highest trauma designation given by the American College of Surgeons — right here at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.”

The team of pediatric trauma specialists, surgeons and subspecialists are available around the clock, at a moment’s notice, to provide any services that injured children need, including resuscitation, hospitalization, surgery and rehabilitation. The team also can address the unique needs of pediatric trauma patients who have cystic fibrosis, leukemia or other serious conditions.

“We have a robust Injury Prevention Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to educate the public about what they can do to help children and teenagers avoid serious injuries,” Dr. DeRoss says. “We are also very active in trauma-related research to evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments. For example, this is one of very few centers where we can implant electrodes into the diaphragms of patients with spinal cord injuries to help them breathe without mechanical intervention.”

Comfort counts

The doctors, nurses and staff at the Pediatric Emergency Center are trained and experienced in caring for pediatric patients. In addition, the center has a child-friendly decor with soothing pastel colors and framed art. There is a large waiting room with a television and small tables and chairs for children, and a family restroom with a changing station. “This is a special place where we do all we can to help families feel calm and confident about the care their children receive here,” Dr. Wright says.

wright-martha Martha Wright, MD
Interim Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

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