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Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Department (ED) at Valley Children’s Hospital provides emergency pediatric and trauma care to infants, children, and adolescents (up to 21 years of age). We operate a 34-bed department that will increase to 45 beds by 2011. Each year we have over 50,000 patient visits and more than 56% of the Hospital’s patients are admitted through the Emergency Department. Since all of Valley Children’s subspecialty practices are located in either the main Hospital building or on the campus itself, we have access to all of the Hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and their associated physicians.

The ED is staffed by board certified pediatric emergency physicians. In addition to their years of experience in providing pediatric emergency care, our emergency specialists have undergone 3 years of general pediatric training plus an additional 2 to 3 years of fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine. The west side of Valley Children’s Hospital - where the Emergency Department is located - has some unique features.

All services necessary for emergency and critical care are located adjacent to each other, either on the same floor or adjoining floors (connected by dedicated elevators). These services include the Emergency Department, Radiology, Surgery, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Pediatric ICU and Urgent Care. This location planning improves care for children requiring multidisciplinary emergency or trauma services.

Services Offered & Conditions Treated

  • Emergency Pediatric Medicine
  • Acute traumatic injuries
  • Urgent care
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Sports related Injuries
  • Infectious conditions such as:
    • Acute gastroenteritis
    • Croup
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Colds
  • Asthma (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Sickle cell disease (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Cancer (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Leukemia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Hemophilia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Seizures
  • Critical illnesses

These are some of the most common services available. The division treats most conditions commonly associated with the specialty.

Diagnostic Services

Better Access to Care

  • Pediatric trauma unit equipped to manage newborns to children 15 years of age.
  • Urgent Care Area where minor emergencies are seen


  • Critically ill and injured children are admitted through Hospitalists who help streamline the admission and discharge process for patients.
  • Children’s Hospitalists make sure children are admitted rapidly, moving patients from the ED to an inpatient unit as soon as possible, clearing a room in the ED for the next emergency patient.

Focused on Patient Throughput

  • Less wait time for patients and families
  • Over the past year, our Patient Throughput time has decreased.
  • In 2007, only 3.2% of patients seen in the ED left without treatment.

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Direct access to Valley Children’s pediatric subspecialists either through consultation in the Emergency Department or referrals for follow-up care.
  • Trauma and Surgery services provided for illnesses and injuries requiring surgery and trauma care.
  • Air and ground Medical Transport provided for complex critically ill children.
  • Radiology and Medical Imaging available 24/7 for emergency care, including imaging services such as MRI scans and X-rays.
  • Orthopaedic and sport-related injury service
  • Critical Care services

Specialized technology

  • Computerized Physician Order Entry
  • Bedside Admission