Published Oct. 30, 2013
Trident Health’s Summerville Medical Center will open its pediatric emergency department Friday.
The 4,000-square-foot addition will provide 24/7 emergency care for children up to 17 years old. It includes a new dedicated emergency entrance and a pediatric waiting room separate from adult patients.
The pediatric department includes board-certified pediatric emergency physicians, pediatric nurses and a music therapist.
“No parent should have to drive far for emergency pediatric care,” Summerville Medical Center CEO Louis Caputo said in a statement. “The residents of Dorchester County, North Charleston and the surrounding communities deserve peace of mind when it comes to their children’s health, and we are happy to provide it.”
Summerville Medical Center is also currently building a new inpatient pediatric unit on the second floor next to women’s services and the nursery. That unit, which is set to open in February, will include a communal play area and a procedure room.
All rooms in the new addition are private and include child-friendly artwork, colors and special lighting to make younger patients feel more comfortable.
Summerville Medical Center is a 94-bed, acute-care hospital in Summerville.