Sick and injured children in Walton County will soon have access to specialized medical care, thanks to a new pediatric emergency room from the Studer Family Children’s Hospital and Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast.
The Miramar Beach hospital campus will open a new pediatric emergency room on Dec. 14, including four treatment rooms, one triage room and three observation rooms, plus advanced equipment specially designed for diagnosing and treating medical emergencies in kids. Because coming to the emergency room is stressful for children and families, the hospital team has worked to make the experience as child-friendly as possible, with a dedicated pediatric waiting room and a specialized team of doctors and nurses, trained to handle a wide range of medical problems in children. The pediatric emergency room adjoins the adult emergency room on the Emerald Coast campus.
“Each year, our Miramar Beach campus cares for more than 4,900 children in the emergency room,” said Henry Stovall, regional president of Ascension Sacred Heart. “We want to ensure those children have a smooth and positive experience, plus access to high-quality, specialized care. Children are not small adults, and they have very specific medical needs. This expansion of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital in our community will help us better serve Emerald Coast families and grow the care we are able to provide locally.”
As Northwest Florida's only pediatric trauma referral center, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital offers medical transportation services – including both ground and air transportation – to bring critically ill and injured babies and children to the Children's Hospital campus in Pensacola.
“As we continue to grow our children’s hospital services, we’re working hard to bring specialized healthcare closer to the communities we serve,” said Will Condon, president of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart. “With this new pediatric emergency room in Miramar Beach, fewer kids will need to be transferred to the Children's Hospital in Pensacola for observation. They can be kept home in their community. This means greater convenience, improved access to healthcare and ultimately better outcomes for families of sick and injured kids.”
Care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart are taking extra precautions and have implemented additional safeguards to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and support patient safety while receiving care. This includes performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect sites of care, wearing personal protective equipment, rearranging waiting rooms for proper social distancing and expanding access to virtual visits.
Children in need of follow-up care after a visit to the pediatric ER have access to the Studer Family Children’s Hospital’s network of office locations in Destin and Crestview, including pediatric orthopedics, pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric urology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.
This specialized care for children follows the opening of a Level II neonatal intensive care unit at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast in the spring of 2020.
For more information about Northwest Florida’s only children’s hospital, to find a specialist or to hold your place in line for the pediatric emergency room, visit studerfamilychildrenshospital.com