ChristianaCare Opens Pediatric Care Center With 24/7 Services in a Kid-Friendly Setting

October 12, 2022

Families in northern Delaware and surrounding areas have a new option for pediatric care

Today ChristianaCare opened a new 14-bed Pediatric Care Center that provides 24/7 combined short-stay inpatient and emergency care for children and teens. The new center is located on the first floor of the Center for Women’s & Children’s Health on ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus.

“This new facility is an exciting step in our continued journey to create the absolute best care for children and families in our community,” said David Paul, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

“The Pediatric Care Center will significantly improve access to care for children, enhance the patient experience and address the needs of families who want high-quality care in a child-friendly environment.”

Highlights of the Pediatric Care Center

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Kid-friendly setting designed specifically for children and teens, separate from the adult ER.
    14 patient beds providing emergency, short-stay inpatient, and observation care.
  • Emergency care for children under 18.
  • Caring, expert pediatric hospitalists, pediatric urgent care and pediatric emergency care physicians.
  • Evaluation of children and adolescents with mental health concerns and give appropriate referral sources for follow-up care.
  • X-ray, ultrasound and other diagnostics.

The 24-hour Pediatric Care Center will be able to evaluate and manage 90% of the pediatric cases currently seen in the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department. The center expects to care for an estimated 6,300 patients the first year, with volume projected to grow 5% each year.

The Pediatric Care Center also provides expert care to children and adolescents with behavioral health emergency needs and appropriate referral sources for follow-up care.

“Our new Pediatric Care Center makes it easier than ever for families and children to receive excellent care when they need it, in a special space designed just for them,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, system chief operating officer at ChristianaCare and President, Union Hospital.

“The center will care for the special needs of pediatric patients, making it convenient for them to receive dedicated, expert resources for hospital-based, non-trauma emergency and inpatient care all in one location.”

On Your Child’s Team

The 8,400 square-foot facility provides 14 beds for emergency and short-stay inpatient and observation care.

“We offer 24/7 pediatric emergency care 365 days a year,” said Megan Mickley, M.D., MBA, FAAP, FACEP, medical director, who is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and fellowship-trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Ultrasound.

“The Pediatric Care Center team is a diverse, multidisciplinary group led by pediatric physicians trained in a variety of backgrounds, including emergency medicine and hospital medicine,” she said.

“Our goals are not only to provide exceptional quality of care for children, but also to improve access to and expand pediatric care services for our neighbors. We look forward to being a trusted partner for pediatric care in our community.”