Florida Hospital is excited to announce there’s a new, specialized emergency department designed exclusively for children in East Orlando. Florida Hospital East

Orlando has begun caring for its youngest patients in a new emergency center staffed by pediatric

specialists who are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of children and their families.

Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the pediatric emergency center has 12 private rooms, and will offer access to highly specialized pediatric physicians via telemedicine.

Florida Hospital leaders opened the clinic to meet the needs of the young — and growing — communities in east Orange County, such as Waterford Lakes, Avalon Park and Stoneybrook East.

“Our hospital saw more than 15,000 pediatric patients last year,” said Mike Thompson, administrator and CEO of Florida Hospital East Orlando. “With the community continuing to grow, so does its need for a child-centric emergency center close to home.”

From ocean murals on the walls to pink fish on the floors, the colorful, aquatic theme of the unit and each of the rooms are designed to be soothing for children.

“The comforting environment at Florida Hospital East Orlando’s pediatric ED was designed from the ground up to be child-friendly, with playfully themed rooms and a team of physicians and nurses specially trained in pediatric care,” Thompson said.

But there are more than aesthetic differences in the children’s emergency center, which is a result of a collaboration with Florida Hospital for Children. The clinical team includes board-certified emergency physicians, nurses specially trained in pediatric care, and a dedicated children’s transport team. Child life specialists, a service unique to Florida Hospital for Children, help ensure each child’s emotional, developmental and psychosocial needs are being met using a variety of methods including games and arts and crafts.

“By offering a kid-friendly environment, a comprehensive and specialized team, and services catered to children and their family members, the pediatric emergency center at Florida Hospital East Orlando will decrease stress and anxiety for patients, while offering leading-edge care,” said Dr. Dennis Hernández, medical director of pediatric emergency services at Florida Hospital.

Last year, Eden Daniels was admitted to Florida Hospital for Children through FH East Orlando. She was diagnosed and treated for stage 4 neuroblastoma, and was declared cancer free in January 2015.


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