When children need emergency care, naturally, their parents head to the nearest emergency room. It's important that parents arrive armed with information about their children's medical history, medications and allergies. Depending on the severity of the emergency, children will be examined, treated and discharged or admitted to the hospital.
All four Virtua hospitals provide emergency care to children.
When children arrive at the emergency department at Virtua Memorial or Virtua Voorhees hospitals, they will be examined by CHOP at Virtua physicians. Virtua's partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia enables CHOP-employed physicians to care for pediatric emergencies. The emergency departments provide child-friendly emergency care to children under age 18. The pediatricians and pediatric nurses are certified in pediatric life support.
The Children's Emergency Department at Virtua Voorhees is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides:
- Separate child-only emergency care
- Child-friendly rooms
- Family-friendly waiting rooms
- Pediatric life support certified nurses
Virtua's Children and Adolescent Rapid Emergency Service (CARES) at Virtua Memorial provides the same services, but on a limited schedule.