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The Pediatric Emergency Department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children cares for over 14,000 patients a year. Doctors and nurses specially trained in emergency medicine are available 24 hours a day to handle emergencies including serious illnesses and injuries. Infants, children, and adolescents are treated in a child-friendly setting within the Emergency Department at Mass General, but with a separate waiting room and exam rooms. If your child needs specialized care, the Emergency Department has access to the 300 physicians, 50 medical specialties, and 15 surgical services of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
The new pediatric ED has many child- and family-friendly features to help make your child’s visit smooth and minimize stress for you and your child, including:
The pediatric ED provides a full range of services, including:
Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
MassGeneral Hospital for Children is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I (highest level) pediatric trauma center, capable of providing state-of-the-art emergency care to the most critically injured children.
With the availability of the rooftop helipad, the Pediatric Emergency Department gives acutely ill children access to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Pediatric Trauma Surgical Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children as well as to Shriners Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Mass General Hyperbaric Service.
Close Collaboration with Referring Physicians
Many of the children seen in the Pediatric Emergency Department are referred by their primary care providers. The pediatric attending is available to take referrals and to discuss patient cases, even those that may ultimately not require a Pediatric Emergency Department visit. Referring physicians are crucial members of the team caring for children in the Pediatric Emergency Department. They will get a call back to discuss findings and proposed disposition.
The pediatric emergency medicine and trauma professionals at MassGeneral Hospital for Children participate in several research activities, including a national multi-center asthma study and the National Electronic Injury Survival System (NEISS)—a branch of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Compassionate, Family-Centered Care
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one. We strive to provide an open and welcoming environment. We believe that you know your child best: parents, along with primary care providers, are our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
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The pediatric emergency department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is specially
designed from a pediatric perspective to provide exceptional, child-focused care to our
patients, as well as support and guidance to their families.
The pediatric emergency department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers access to the world-class facilities at Massachusetts General Hospital; on-site, low-dose radiology, with CT, MRI and plain film dosed by age; on-site fluoroscopy for pediatric reduction; 24-hour psychiatric coverage and more.
After 31 years, Patricia J. O'Malley, MD, retired as MGHfC's longest-serving attending physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine to dedicate her time to the Pediatric Palliative Care Service.
Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains what you can do to help keep children safe around portable or inflatable swimming pools.
MGHfC Emergency Medicine
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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