Welcome to the Pediatric Emergency Medicine division of the UK Department of Emergency Medicine. We are a rapidly growing and developing division under the umbrella of the department of emergency medicine. We’re really excited to tell you about the Pediatric ED. Aside from our state of the art facility opened in 2010, we have a fantastic group of faculty, pediatric-specific nurses, and pediatric resources at our disposal.
We believe that children are not just small adults. They need specialists and equipment designed to care for their unique needs. All of the emergency medicine physicians working in the pediatric emergency center are board certified in emergency medicine. The staff is emergency medicine trained with specialty experience in pediatrics. That makes our team especially well prepared to care for children.
Our residents get a great pediatric experience with critical patients, both medical and traumatic. We are one of only two pediatric Level I trauma centers in the state of Kentucky and have just developed a joint pediatric cardiac surgery collaboration with the University of Cincinnati—so our exposure to pediatric cardiology has just gotten that much better. Residents from Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Family Medicine all rotate through the Peds ED and gain a very valuable experience. We also have a number of medical students that regularly rotate through. We love to teach and have a great group of educators—both faculty and residents.
Our facility, the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center is a state of the art pediatric emergency department in the heart of Kentucky, serving central, southern, and eastern Kentucky children since its opening in 2010. With about 24,000 pediatric visits annually, the volume has nearly doubled over the last six years and has been designed and furnished with kids in mind.
The waiting area is decorated in a child-oriented manner and features a play table, an interactive wall, and a computer play station area to keep children distracted and entertained while they wait. There is a separate area for those who would prefer quiet. Exam rooms feature smaller beds and child-friendly decorations. Each room has a flat-screen television that can be used for patient education or entertainment.
The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center includes:
Within the overall Chandler Emergency Department, families visiting the Makenna David Pediatric Center will also benefit from: