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WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department Provides Vital Services to Community

WRAL-TV is currently planning to air a story tonight about pediatric emergency medicine and will feature our Children’s Emergency Department as well as the physicians who staff it.

WakeMed Children’s is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Wake County and features many specialty services, including the only Children’s Hospital in the county and one of the very few dedicated Children’s Emergency Departments in the state.  The Children’s Emergency Department (ED) is a great asset to the families in our community, and all of the physicians working in the department are board certified in emergency medicine and received extensive training in pediatrics during their residency.  More than 30 percent of emergency medicine training is spent on rotations and lectures in pediatrics to include pediatric ICU/trauma, critical care, floor medicine and emergency medicine.  In addition, nine of our ED physicians have completed pediatric emergency medicine fellowships.

As a testament to the skill and experience of our Children’s Emergency Department physicians, it’s also important to know that they provide a key rotation in the training and education of pediatric, emergency medicine and family medicine residents from The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Duke, and also offer a rare fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.  WakeMed also is proud to offer one of the very few pediatric emergency medicine fellowships in the United States in partnership with the UNC School of Medicine to help address the nationwide shortage of pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

The Children’s Emergency Department serves more than 40,000 children annually and provides specialized care to children ages 0 to 18 in an environment designed to cater to the special health care needs of children.  Daily, we are caring for some of the sickest children in our community with tremendous expertise and compassion, helping to keep them comfortable and calm in emergency situations.  This is both a privilege and responsibility to which all of our nurses, therapists, child life specialists and physicians are all deeply committed.