Emergency Medicine

The emergency department at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center treats children and young people up to age 21 who need immediate medical care. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our emergency department is prepared to handle any infant, child, or adolescent’s medical emergency. We have patient-sized equipment to tailor our care to your child. This includes everything from the size of our beds to our lifesaving defibrillators customized for children to child-sized blood pressure cuffs. We also provide medications appropriate for a child’s age and weight, with systems in place to assure quick access to the highest level of care.

These things and many more make it possible for our physicians and nurses to provide the best care for our patients.

Our physicians and nurses are specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine and have additional expertise in easing your child’s anxiety or concerns that might come with emergencies. They are skilled at:

  • Explaining what is happening to your child during treatment
  • Understanding that children often react differently than adults to medical settings
  • Providing instruction on how to care for your child when you get home
  • Assessing the unique treatment needs of children and teenagers

What Sets Children’s Apart?

We are the only emergency department in the region that focuses solely on pediatric care. And we are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in three modes of transporting critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients: ambulance, airplane, and helicopter.

Level II Trauma Center

Children’s Emergency Medicine has been designated a level II pediatric trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). We are the only ACS-verified hospital in the region that is dedicated to solely to pediatric care.

As a level II trauma center, we provide:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by a wide range of medical specialists
  • Trauma prevention and continuing education programs for our staff, which ensures that your child will always be receiving the most advanced, up-to-date care

Conditions We Treat

Emergency providers are prepared to provide care for many different types of illnesses and injuries.

Not sure if your child should be seen by their pediatrician, urgent care, or our emergency department? In general, here are some points to consider:

Tests, Treatments, And Services Available

  • Radiology and laboratory services: Imaging tests (e.g., X-rays, computed tomography scans) and lab tests (e.g., blood draws or urine samples) allow us to check for signs of broken bones, tumors, or signs of illness.
  • Child life: Child life specialists help you and your family navigate the hospital and manage the stress that comes with an emergency. They make the hospital a more positive and less frightening place for your child.
  • Respiratory therapy: Respiratory therapists assess, treat, and monitor your child if they have heart or lung problems that may require breathing assistance with a ventilator (machine to help breathe) or medical gases (e.g., oxygen).
  • Social work: Social work staff members provide emotional support and counseling, as well as advocate for you and your child.
  • Pastoral and spiritual care: Clinically trained chaplains are available at all times to provide spiritual care to you and your child.
  • Case management: Your child’s needs will be assessed and continually monitored. We will work with various specialists to implement a treatment plan designed to meet your child’s unique needs.

Our Specialists

Heather L. Books, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Thomas J. Deegan, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Carrie Hemmer, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Scott S. James, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Chelsea Rae Majerus, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Ashley S. Nelson, D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Christian O. Oarhe, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Hannah Sneller, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

David M. Tolo, M.D.

Emergency Medicine
Urgent Care

Jennifer L. Wang, D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Brittany Conroy, PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Jennica Cornine, PA-C

Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine

Bobbie J. Darby, APRN

Emergency Medicine

Angela Felton-Coleman, APRN

Emergency Medicine

Angela Hawk, APRN-NP

Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine

Dawn R. Renshaw, APRN

Emergency Medicine
Urgent Care

Maria Cristina Rishoi, APRN-NP

Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine

Alix Sandbothe, APRN-NP

Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine

Amanda Shaw, APRN-NP

Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine

Tyler J. Sutter, PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Alicia Theilen, APRN-NP

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Emergency Medicine

What To Do Next

For Patients

Patients do not need a referral to come to the emergency room. Call 9-1-1 if you need emergency transportation to the hospital.

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