St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa opened its new and expanded Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/Trauma Center Dec. 16, 2013. The hospital has the busiest children's emergency center in the region, and the larger, advanced facility will increase the community's access to the highest level of pediatric emergency care in the area.
The state-certified level II pediatric trauma referral center treats more than 45,000 children each year and operates with a staff of physicians who are board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine. In addition, pediatric specialists in areas such as neurology, orthopedics, urology and plastic surgery also are available 24-hours-a-day, which is especially significant when treating patients with multiple injuries.
"Our physicians are specifically trained to care for pediatric emergencies, which is something you won't find in most emergency rooms," said St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Emergency Services Manager Lorene Rice. "This means each child seen here is being evaluated by a specialist, trained to care for a child's unique needs."
The new facility features 24 private patient rooms and a kids-only lobby specifically designed to provide comfort, distraction and entertainment to children and families.
Other highlights of the new Emergency/Trauma Center include: