A Look Into Lutheran Hospital's New Pediatric ER (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – It doesn't officially open until October, but on Wednesday Lutheran Hospital offered a look inside its new Pediatric Emergency Department.

The ER features over 7,000 square feet of space geared towards treating childhood injuries of all kinds. It will also have seven beds with nurses working around the clock.

The decorations and layout are designed with bright colors, similar to what can be found currently at the Lutheran Children’s Hospital. Officials say they wanted to recreate the tree house look as a way to offer exceptional care in a comfortable environment for the kids.

Dr. Susan Frayer, Medical Director with the Lutheran Pediatric Emergency Department explains why it’s important for younger patients to have their own designated space. "Children seen in the adult emergency department or in any community general emergency department can definitely get good care, but they're also exposed to things that most parents wouldn't want their children exposed to. You’ll have sights, sounds, just an experience that is probably not best for young children, even teenage children."

The new Lutheran Pediatric ER will be the first in the region to offer emergency care primarily for children under the age of 18.




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