ChristianaCare will open a Pediatric Care Center in September 2022 that will provide 24/7 short-stay inpatient and emergency care.
The new center will be located on the first floor of the Center for Women’s & Children’s Health on ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus.
“This new approach to pediatric care will make it easier than ever for families and children to receive excellent care when they need it, in a special space that’s just for them,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, chief operating officer at ChristianaCare.
“Pediatric patients have unique needs. Our new Pediatric Care Center will make it convenient for them to receive dedicated, expert resources for hospital-based, non-trauma emergency and inpatient care all in one location.” Kurfuerst said.
ChristianaCare projects the 24-hour Pediatric Care Center will be able to evaluate and manage 90% of the pediatric cases currently seen in the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department. The center expects to care for an estimated 6,300 patients the first year, with volume projected to grow 5% each year.
The Pediatric Care Center will also provide care to children and adolescents with behavioral health emergency needs and provide appropriate referral sources for follow-up care.
The 8,400 square-foot facility will provide seven beds for emergency care and seven beds for short-stay inpatient and observation care.
The center will be staffed by ChristianaCare pediatric hospitalists, pediatric urgent care physicians and pediatric emergency physicians.
The medical director of the Pediatric Care Center will be Megan Mickley, M.D. Mickley is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and fellowship-trained in both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Ultrasound.