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Pediatricians Now Treating Patients in Crozer’s Emergency Department Daily, Noon to Midnight

In Brief

  • The Emergency Department (ED) at Crozer-Chester Medical Center is the county’s leading provider of pediatric emergency medicine. The ED treats more than 10,000 pediatric patients each year.
  • The Emergency Department (ED) now has board-certified pediatricians caring for patients in the department every day between noon and midnight. 
  • The department also guarantees that patients will be seen by a physician within 30 minutes of arrival to the department during those hours.

The Emergency Department at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, the county’s leading provider of pediatric emergency medicine, recently introduced some enhanced services for pediatric patients. The Emergency Department (ED) now has board-certified pediatricians caring for patients in the department every day between noon and midnight. The department also guarantees that patients will be seen by a physician within 30 minutes of arrival to the department during those hours.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center treats more than 10,000 pediatric emergency patients each year, more than any other hospital in the county. Nearly one out of every five patients who enters the doors of the department each year is under 18.

“We are proud to be Delaware County’s choice for pediatric emergency care, but we are always striving to enhance our services. That’s why we have expanded upon our pilot program of having pediatricians provide care right in the ED alongside our emergency medicine physicians and nurses,” says Bruce Nisbet, M.D., chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Crozer.

Pediatricians Samir Doshi, M.D., Justin Lynn, M.D., Rita Nunag, M.D., and Fatema Ravi, M.D., will provide care in the ED daily between noon and midnight – a time frame in which Crozer’s ED traditionally sees the vast majority of its pediatric patients.

“We have an excellent team of physicians who have the experience, compassion and expertise to care for the varied medical needs of Delaware County children. When the need for emergency care arises, no matter how big or small the problem is, parents throughout our community can put their trust in Crozer,” says Christopher Stenberg, BHB, MBChB, FAAP, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Crozer. “We also expect that pediatricians and family practitioners will refer their patients to Crozer when appropriate. Our physician colleagues can be sure that we keep them informed and return them to the referring physician’s care after treatment.” 

In addition to providing excellent care, Crozer’s ED aims to provide care in a timely manner.

“We know that bringing your child to an emergency department can be a difficult experience, so we work to make sure that we are able to care for our pediatric patients as quickly as possible. That’s why we introduced a guarantee that your child will be seen by a member of our clinical team within 30 minutes of arriving at the ED during the noon-to-midnight time frame,” Nisbet says.

In addition to pediatricians, Crozer offers a range of services and amenities for pediatric patients, including:

  • Dedicated pediatric treatment rooms.
  • A special pediatric waiting room, complete with toys and games, located separate from the general waiting room and the main ED patient care area.
  • A comfortable and modern 23-bed inpatient unit if a patient needs to be admitted. The unit is staffed by experienced pediatricians and nurses and features the latest in treatment and monitoring equipment. The unit features a centrally located nursing station as well as a separate playroom and a lounge for parents and family members.
  • Delaware County’s only Level IIIa Intensive Care Nursery, which is staffed by highly trained neonatologists and nurses.
  • Affiliations with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
  • A pediatric residency program. Residents receive comprehensive training while assisting with care of hospitalized pediatric patients. 

Crozer is the only facility in Delaware County with a regional trauma center (the Crozer Regional Trauma Center) and a regional burn treatment center (the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center). Both the Trauma Center and Burn Treatment Center care for hundreds of pediatric patients each year. 

“With our experience and range of services, we feel strongly that parents in Delaware County do not have to leave the county for quality pediatric care,” Stenberg says.

Crozer’s state-of-the-art ED was renovated and expanded in 2006. In addition to the pediatric treatment area and waiting room, it includes 52 treatment rooms, dedicated trauma and burn areas, a 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, express care rooms and the latest technologies for patient triage and monitoring.  

For more information, visit www.crozerpediatrics.org.

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