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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency Department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a distinct child- and family-friendly unit within the general Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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The Pediatric Emergency Department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a distinct child- and family-friendly unit within the general Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by physicians board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine or emergency medicine, pediatric residents and emergency and pediatric nurses.

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.

State-of-the-Art Treatment in a World-Renowned Academic Medical Center

As part of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Pediatric Emergency Department physicians have access to specialists in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery, including psychiatry, critical care medicine and trauma services.

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.

Ongoing Research

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.

Child Life specialists, trained to communicate in age-appropriate ways with children of all ages about their care, are available in the Pediatric Emergency Department. A pediatric chaplain and Chaplaincy Services with access to clergy of all faiths are also available.

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MGHfC Emergency Medicine

White Building
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-4110
Fax: 617-726-7415

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

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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Family-centered care

We respect that the family is the center of a child’s life and we welcome families to participate in every aspect of their child’s care.

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Excellence in nursing

Our nurses were first in the state to obtain Magnet recognition, and are committed to providing the best possible care for children and families.

Committed to access

We schedule most appointments within two weeks through our Access and New Appointment Center.