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RWJ Hamilton Opens New ER for Children & Teens
Date: 11/29/2011

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, already ranked among the best in the nation for emergency medicine, today opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art emergency department dedicated exclusively to treating children.

More than 100 employees, elected officials, and friends of the hospital were on hand as Skip Cimino, RWJ Hamilton’s president and CEO, cut

Savanna McPhail of Ewing is treated by Kasia Wolan, RN
in the new Pediatric Emergency Department at RWJ Hamilton,
which opened today, Tuesday, November29, 2011.
Kasia is one of the first patients to be treated in the
hospital’s new unit for children and teens.
the ceremonial ribbon for the new Pediatric Emergency Department.

“By creating an emergency department dedicated to children RWJ Hamilton answers an identified community need to support our families who need immediate access to pediatric emergency care,” said Cimino.

Ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for emergency medicine by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source for hospital ratings, RWJ Hamilton’s emergency department annually treats about 8,000 children and more than 50,000 adults.

The new facility, which cost $5 million, adds 10,000 square feet to the emergency department by incorporating an adjoining circular building. It features eight pediatric treatment rooms, designed with children and families in mind.

Outfitted with equipment that is sized for children, the new Pediatrics Emergency Department is decorated in soft pastel colors and includes family friendly accommodations like a space for parents to stay overnight with their children if necessary.

More importantly, the new Pediatrics ED is staffed with specially trained board certified pediatricians and emergency physicians and partner with pediatricians in the community to care for patients, said Eileen Singer, chair of RWJ Hamilton’s Department of Emergency Services.

“This project expands on a continuum that demonstrates RWJ Hamilton’s commitment to women’s and children’s health, which already includes RWJ OB/GYN group and our maternal fetal medicine program,” added Cimino.                   

In addition to the new Pediatric Emergency Department, RWJ Hamilton added eight dedicated adult fast track treatment rooms that will provide expedited service to ensure the most critical cases are provided prompt attention and care, Cimino said.

“Creating a Pediatric Emergency Department and the adult fast track treatment unit builds on RWJ Hamilton’s reputation for providing the best emergency care in the region,” Cimino added.

The opening of the Pediatric Emergency Department comes on the heels of RWJ Hamilton launching its 15/30 Guarantee, a quality initiative to improve wait times in the emergency department.

RWJ Hamilton’s 15/30 Guarantee ensures emergency department patients receive an evaluation within 15 minutes of their arrival and a medical examination within 30 minutes of arrival. If the hospital does not meet this standard, that portion of the patient’s visit is waived, says Lisa Breza, Chief Nursing Officer.

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