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A State-of-the-Art Child-Friendly Emergency Department.
While we are honored by our consistently high national rankings for patient satisfaction and willingness to recommend our hospital to friends and family, we are perhaps even more proud to offer families a new concept in Emergency Department (ED) services, one that is scare-free and child-sized.
In stark contract to the typical ED that serves adults too, ours was designed from the ground up to be child friendly. The waiting area is filled with toys and movies to keep children occupied while they wait for treatment. And once in our treatment rooms, they will find magical and playful images dancing around the room. Even the colors of the walls can change, thanks to our state-of-the-art Philips Ambient Experience lighting system.
While our environment is very playful, we take our job very seriously here. Every member of the ED team is highly trained in pediatric emergency care. When a child needs emergency treatment you won’t find a more experienced, compassionate team in the region. Our goal is to quickly stabilize the child, diagnose the problem and spring into action, using the most advanced technology, treatments and techniques available.
Since emergencies can strike at any hour, our ED is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an emergency response team. When time is of the essence and minutes count, we also have Florida Flight 1 available to transport your critically injured or ill children by air. Within minutes our pediatric/neonatal transport team will be on the scene, accompanying the child during the flight to Florida Hospital for Children. On board are specially trained pediatric and neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists who are in constant contact with the emergency team at the hospital.
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Meet the Medical Directors
Dennis A. Hernandez, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Serving as the medical director of the hospital’s pediatric Emergency Department, Dr. Hernandez is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and is a contributor to several published papers covering the topics of pediatric ER overcrowding and family-centered care. He currently serves as core faculty with the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Florida Hospital as well as assistant clinical professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez is developing an ER where the quality of care and patient experience will become a benchmark for other institutions to emulate.