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2006: Dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department Open
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Dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department Open

WINFIELD, Ill., December 6, 2006 — Children from birth through 18 years now have the extra protection of specialized care when being treated for a medical emergency at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH).

“This highly specialized Pediatric Emergency Department staffed by professionals from Children’s Memorial complements the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and extensive range of pediatric subspecialists that Central DuPage Hospital already offers through the partnership. It was the next logical expansion of our services for families with children in the Western Suburbs,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Loughead, medical director, Children's Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Partnership.

The facility is housed inside the current Central DuPage Hospital Emergency Department (25 N. Winfield Rd.), and includes six newly renovated, private, child-friendly rooms fully equipped with state-of-the-art pediatric specialized medical equipment. It is staffed with pediatric specialists and subspecialists, including pediatric radiologists to interpret x-ray images of children. CDH has the only hospital emergency department in the far western suburbs with such capabilities.

The Pediatric Emergency Department is open Monday through Friday 3–11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1–11 p.m. All pediatric patients brought to the Emergency Department during the hours the specialists are not available will be seen by the hospital’s experienced emergency medicine staff and referred to inpatient or outpatient pediatric specialists as necessary.

Children are a priority at Central DuPage Hospital.
This announcement comes just six months after the opening of a new inpatient facility at CDH including 10 pediatric suites and a 6-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), first among hospitals in the region. Each suite is private and includes a bathroom, pullout sofa for parents, plasma television and DVD player. Clinicians report that private rooms reduce anxiety and allow children to spend quiet, healing time with their families. The expansion builds on Central DuPage Hospital’s legacy as a premier Level III neonatal care provider.  The 23-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) also provides families the comfort of private rooms.

Even more significant than the physical space are the credentials of the care givers that staff this new department. Board certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists and experienced, compassionate pediatric emergency nurses have concentrations of study and experience in pediatrics.

Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital offers a full range of inpatient services including a NICU and a PICU staffed by hospitalists, neonatologists and intensivists around the clock. In the Pediatric Outpatient Center, parents have access to a wide range of experienced pediatric subspecialists, including those in cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, allergy/immunology, hematology/oncology, urology and surgery.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. A partnership with Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to advanced pediatric care including pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

The hospital is an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care.

For more information visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234).

Media Contact:
Central DuPage Hospital
Public Relations
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
630-933-5117
media@cdh.org