Lutheran Hospital Unveils New Pediatric ER (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Lutheran Hospital today made a big announcement regarding some of its smallest patients. The hospital officially started a demolition – acting as a groundbreaking – for its pediatric ER.

The Lutheran Children's Hospital ER is expected to be completed in October and offers treatment and services specific to a child's needs.

All exam rooms will have TV’s with DVD players, as well as video game systems, a rocker recliner, and will use size-appropriate equipment for the children. The new department features 8,000 square feet of hospital space, 7 private exam rooms, and will be completely separated from the rest of the hospital which Lutheran CEO Brian Bauer feels is crucial for their youngest patients.

"Well the Emergency Department can be an intimidating place for a child. I'm a father of a 1 and a 3 year-old and I know it can be scary for them. And with over 8,500 Emergency Department visits from pediatric patients last year, we decided it was time to take our Emergency Department to the next level."

Lutheran also announced Dr. Susan Frayer will become the Medical Director of the Children's ER effective July 1, 2013.

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