Pediatric Emergency Center Launched At Ocean Medical Center

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Pediatric Emergency Center Launched At Ocean Medical Center

When a baby, child, or adolescent has a medical emergency, a special level of care is required for these young people. That's why Ocean Medical Center has opened a new Pediatric Emergency Center at its Brick, NJ facility.

The Pediatric Emergency Center at Ocean Medical Center has been specially designed to meet the unique needs of young patients, from newborn to 17 years old. Pediatricians trained in emergency medicine and pediatric nurses (R.N.s) provide coverage from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. These hours were selected because they are traditionally the most common times of day when children are brought to the emergency department. Children will continue to be treated in the main emergency room all other times of the day.

The Pediatric Emergency Center is located adjacent to the main emergency room. When families arrive at the emergency department, they check in at the main registration area, but they will then be brought to a comfortable, kid-friendly treatment area that is separate from adult patients.

"As a mom and member of the community, I am extremely excited that this enhanced service is now available at Ocean Medical Center," says Regina Foley, R.N., vice president of nursing and chief nurse executive at Ocean. "We're continuously looking for ways to improve the services that we offer to the community, and this will certainly benefit the more than 6,000 pediatric emergency cases that we treat each year."

An additional feature of the Pediatric Emergency Center is that the pediatricians are the same experts who support the emergency room at the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, Ocean's sister facility in Neptune. This relationship ensures prompt access to specialists at the children's hospital in the case of a more serious injury or illness. Ocean Medical Center will continue to maintain its inpatient pediatric unit.

"The Pediatric Emergency Center is a tremendous resource for the community," says Shrikrishna Mate, M.D., chairman of the department of pediatrics at Ocean Medical Center. "In addition to having an enhanced level of expertise on-site for young patients, pediatricians have the ability to call ahead and let the emergency staff know when a patient is coming in. We can provide valuable background information and the kids receive prompt, personal service when they arrive."

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Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at