Memorial Hospital December 01, 2014

Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it is expanding its services to include emergency and inpatient care for children of all ages from newborns to age 18. Currently, Memorial Hospital treats children in its family medicine practices and in all three of its Emergency Departments. Now, that level of specialized care is expanding to include a dedicated area for pediatric emergencies as well as an inpatient unit where children can receive care overnight.

“Last year we treated more than 16,000 pediatric patients in our emergency services department and we know many of those patients who required hospitalization would have preferred to stay here at Memorial Hospital,” said President & CEO Jim O’Loughlin. “By expanding our level of care, Memorial will be able to better serve families in Northeast Florida who may want to seek comprehensive pediatric care closer to their homes.”

For minor ailments and less severe emergencies, ExpressKids offers a fast track option in an area designed just for children. All rooms are private and include child-friendly artwork, colors and special lighting to relieve children’s anxiety and make the experience as comfortable as possible. In addition, each room is equipped with a touch-screen tablet so kids can watch videos and play games while waiting to be seen by a physician or nurse. The ExpressKids facility is located adjacent to the main Emergency Room and features a separate entrance and waiting room.

For children who need to be admitted for further monitoring, observation and treatment, Memorial Hospital will soon offer an Inpatient Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to care for the special needs of children.

Our Inpatient Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will feature:

  • Pediatric trained physicians, intensivists, nurses and staff members
  • Large, modern, private rooms
  • 24/7 Family-Centered Care
  • Rooming-in capabilities for parents
  • Flexible visiting hours
  • Play Area with child-sized furniture and toys
  • Child-friendly artwork and decor
  • Individualized treatment plans designed to meet the unique needs of each patient

“We know how scary hospitals can be for young children and we are committed to caring for our young patients in a compassionate, child-friendly environment with a high-level of care and expertise,” said Chief Nursing Officer Suzanne Woods. “Our ExpressKids offers rapid treatment and our inpatient unit will allow us to complete the continuum of care when hospitalization is required for our young patients.”

ExpressKids opened to patients today. Inpatient pediatric care is expected in early 2015. To watch a video about ExpressKids, visit http://youtu.be/ydD4SU4nTXU

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