The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) of NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center provides the highest quality and technologically advanced emergency medical care to ill and injured children in the Washington Heights community, as well as the surrounding and tri-state area. The PED offers a full range of primary, tertiary and quaternary sub-specialty care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Subspecialty trained Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians staff the PED at all times. The nursing staff is all specifically trained in emergency pediatrics. Over the past seven years, PED volume has increased a dramatic 40%, and currently provides care for more than 50,000 children a year.
The PED is actively involved with community advocacy, participating in projects to improve access to medical care and other vital support services for those in the Washington Heights and the surrounding communities. There are several specific areas of focus that include the following:
- An annual health fair for local school children that provides educational sessions on health and safety
- Disaster preparedness with a special emphasis on providing for the needs of children and families
- A dedicated PED child life program that provides support and reduces patient and caretaker stress
- A dedicated pain management program that is committed to relieving pain and suffering
The Pediatric Emergency Division is one of 22 participating national sites in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), created in October of 2001. The PECARN Network is an initiative funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop an infrastructure capable of overcoming inherent barriers to pediatric emergency medicine research. PECARN will undertake collaborative research involving out-of-hospital care, emergency department (ED) and in-hospital care, rehabilitation, and patient transport.