Fortunately, Frederick parents whose little ones are ill or injured don’t
have to go far to find emergency care that’s geared toward the special
needs of children. FMH has a 23-bed Pediatric Emergency Department staffed
by an entire team of board-certified pediatric hospitalists from some
of the best training programs in the country. Led by Dr. Robert Wack,
these pediatric hospitalists are on site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
year-round to care for patients from infancy through 17 years of age.
And because the traditional ER can be an intimidating place for kids,
in most cases, you’ll be escorted directly to the Pediatric Emergency
Department’s kid-friendly environment for assessment and evaluation.
When a child must stay overnight for treatment or observation, there is
an inpatient unit—also designed and staffed especially for kids—right
across the hall from the Pediatric Emergency Department. Because they
are located so close together, the same team of pediatric specialists
who see children in the emergency setting can continue taking care of
them should they require admission to the hospital. A consistent care
team ensures coordinated, quality pediatric care, and provides the soothing
reassurance of familiar faces that is very comforting—especially
for our pediatric patients.
According to Chief Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Robert Wack, the hospital’s
approach to comprehensive pediatric care has been very well received.
“The local physician community is pleased that we offer a program
staffed round-the-clock by pediatric specialists,” he says. “And
nearly 99 out of a hundred past patients tell us they would recommend
us to a friend.”
“That’s very rewarding,” he says. “I think it’s
fair to say that this program is a win for everyone.”
“Having the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Inpatient
Unit side by side makes continuity of care much easier. The same care
team who works with patients who are admitted through the Pediatric ED
can follow them into the inpatient setting if that becomes necessary.”
– Christie Bussard, Pediatric Nurse Manager FMH Pediatrics