Crozer-Chester Medical Center Offers “Kid-Friendly” Emergency Care
The Crozer-Chester Medical Center Emergency Department (ED), Delaware County’s leading provider of pediatric emergency medicine, offers unparalleled services to pediatric patients close to home. The ED has board certified pediatricians caring for patients with the goal of providing the best emergency pediatric care in the area —and aiming to see patients within 30 minutes of their arrival.
Crozer treats more pediatric emergency patients than any other hospital in the county — over 10,000 each year. Nearly one out of every five patients who enter the ED is under the age of 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, which has pediatricians providing care in the ED right alongside our emergency medicine physicians and nurses,” says Bruce Nisbet, M.D., chairman of Emergency Medicine at Crozer.
Pediatricians Robert Noll, M.D., Emily Fingado, M.D., Cheryl Clarkin, M.D., Rita Nunag, M.D. and Fatema Abidi, M.D., provide care in the ED daily between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. — the time frame in which Crozer’s ED typically sees the vast majority of 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, M.B.Ch.B., FAAP, chairman of Pediatrics. “We also anticipate that pediatricians and family practitioners will refer their patients to Crozer when appropriate. Our physician colleagues can be sure that we’ll keep them informed and return patients to the referring physician’s care after treatment.”
“Pediatricians definitely bring something different to the table because our training is child-specific, and much of what we see in the pediatric emergency department is not too dissimilar from what we might see in the office,” says Robert Noll, M.D., FAAP, medical director, Pediatric Inpatient/ED. “In fact, one reason parents bring their kids into the emergency department are for things that need attention and often happen when the pediatrician’s office is closed. In those situations, or any other emergency situation that may arise, it does make a difference for a child to be seen by someone in an ED who really focuses on kids.”
In addition to pediatricians, Crozer offers a range of services and amenities for pediatric patients, including:
•Dedicated pediatric treatment rooms
•A comfortable and modern 23-bed inpatient unit if a patient needs to be admitted, which is staffed by experienced pediatricians and nurses and features the latest in treatment and monitoring equipment
•A centrally located nursing station
•Delaware County’s only Level IIa Intensive Care Nursery, which is staffed by highly trained neonatologists and nurses
•An academic affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the number one children’s hospital in the country as ranked by Parents magazine
•A Pediatric Residency Program in which 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 DelawareCounty 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 https://ER3.crozerkeystone.org.