With a new concept in mind -- of making the emergency room less intimidating and scary for children - the ELMHURST HOSPITAL CENTER unveiled a new pediatric emergency department in June 2005.
The center is part of a $13.8 million expansion and allows for both increased care of local children and more space for the existing adult and psychiatric departments. The new center, with its brightly colored walls and decals of favorite childhood characters, like Spongebob Squarepants and Blue's Clues, is also meant to make the hospital experience a little more pleasant for the youngest of those patients. "Children come in here scared and we want to make it warm and more inviting," said Executive Director, Chris Constantino.
The new addition allows the hospital to improve and increase its management of chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes. As asthma rates continue to climb in the city, the hospital has doubled its previous space to the care of the disease. The new ER will have 7 doctors on duty at any given time, including one chief resident, three attending doctors, 2 residents and 2 interns. The new wing has a capacity of treating 19 patients at a time.