Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Healthwatch Spring 2008
Conveniently Located Children's ERs
Child-friendly Emergency Rooms Mean Less Fear
A trip to the emergency room can be a frightening experience for both child and family. To ease the anxiety and tension of such an experience, we proudly offer three pediatric emergency rooms catering specifically to children's needs.
These family-centered facilities are located at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Miramar. Each location is decorated with a different, child-friendly theme.
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital features a sports theme, an outdoor movie theater and an x-ray room decorated as a space station. "When a child needs an x-ray, rather than calling it the 'x-ray room' we refer to it as the 'space station' and call the visit a 'trip to the space station'," says Marie Hankinson, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. "The experience takes on an aura of adventure instead of fear."
"Our facilities offer board-certified pediatric specialists including neurosurgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, intensivists and other specialties," says Hankinson.
Memorial Hospital West
At Memorial Hospital West, the Children's Emergency Room features a brightly-colored, aquatic fish theme and follows the same family-centered approach. While the atmosphere of each facility provides a welcome diversion during stressful times, most outstanding is the fact that children receive comprehensive world-class pediatric emergency care close to home. All three facilities feature experienced pediatricians and pediatric nurses specifically trained in emergency medicine.
Memorial Hospital Miramar
Upon entering the Children's Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital Miramar, children and families find themselves in a fantasy world of friendly pirates, mermaids and treasure hunts. "Our family-centered care begins in the waiting room," says Denise Reynolds, Director of Emergency Services at Memorial Hospital Miramar. "Families certainly don't plan on making a trip to the emergency room, and often don't have the chance to find a babysitter for siblings or remember a child's favorite toy. We're able to offer a family-friendly environment, and help both children and families feel more at ease in the midst of medical emergencies."
"We serve the local community, we offer world-class pediatric care just down the street," says Reynolds. "Families can expect a swift evaluation and treatment based on the severity of the child's illness in a compassionate, child-friendly environment. We listen carefully to patients and their families, include parents in the healing process, and make every effort to put children at ease during stressful times."
To find a Memorial physician who is committed to patient- and family-centered care, call Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Physician Referral Service toll-free at (866) JDCH-DOC. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.