Lutheran Unveils Completed Pediatric ER

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Lutheran Hospital now has a pediatric ER. It's a first of its kind for northeast Indiana.

The new ER will be staffed 24/7 with nurses specialized in pediatric care. The $2.4 million project has been in the works for two years, and now it is complete.

Representatives at Lutheran say the training their staff has is key in providing excellent care, but it's also about creating an environment that's kid friendly to ease the stress on the children, and help them heal.

"Just seeing it takes some of the fear and anxiety out of coming to see the doctor, out of coming to the ER away. So the little things are important," said Susan Frayer, MD, medical director of pediatric emergency services, Lutheran Children's Hospital.

Lutheran Hospital saw 10,000 patients under 18 last year. So officials with the hospital believe this is something the community has a demand for.

The pediatric ER opens to the public Wednesday, October 23.

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