Good Samaritan has launched a brand-new pediatric emergency department – the only one of its kind in the region – that will offer a specialized environment that caters to children’s medical and emotional needs while providing local parents with peace of mind. Good Samaritan is the only certified Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center on the south Shore of Long Island, and its medical staff includes pediatric surgeons and a full range of subspecialists to provide advanced care for a wide range of medical issues in children. The staff also includes Child Life specialists who are trained to help children cope with the stress of pain department provides a specialized space created just for young patients. There are 12 private treatment bays, two of which are also isolation rooms, and all necessary diagnostic and monitoring equipment, such as new pediatric cardiac monitors and point-of-care ultrasound equipment, to accommodate children’s special needs. All Building Codes and Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment requirements are met.
The facility was the first in Good Samaritan’s history to be built using off-site, modular construction. This was done to minimize the disruption of construction to hospital patients and the surrounding community. It is located at the south end of the existing emergency department, easily accessible by ambulances. Enhancing the physical space is a bright, child-friendly décor that creates a soothing and comforting environment not only for youngsters, but for their parents and guardians as well.
While the facility had been planned for some time, the coronavirus pandemic led hospital administrators to accelerate the timetable for completing the project. “Once the pandemic hit, it created an even bigger need to have private, dedicated rooms for children who need emergency care, so the project was sped up,” said Dr. Raio.