Local parents have a new option when it comes to emergency care for their children after Lakewood's Kimball Medical Center opened a Pediatric Emergency Services Program.
Working in cooperation with at the new program will "allow children with urgent medical illnesses to receive the immediate specialty care they require from emergency physicians," 24 hours a day a release from the hospital said.
The hospital will now have board certified neonatologists and pediatric consultations available around the clock. Nurses and other staff at the hospital have received special training in how to handle emergency situations in order to prepare for the changes the new program will bring.
Dr. William Dalsey, the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine said the program will provide an immediate benefit to patients. "By creating a partnership with the Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, we have increased our ability to care for the full range of pediatric emergencies," he said. "We now have the capability to provide the best possible care to meet the healthcare needs of our entire community, including pediatric patients."
Along with providing a high quality of care, Dr. Margaret Fisher, the Medical Director for the children's hospital said they hope to make the experience as good as possible for patients as well. "Kimball's new Pediatric Emergency Services program offers a child-friendly environment with the highest level of pediatric emergency medical care for newborns to adolescents."