South Jersey Healthcare celebrated on Feb. 6 the opening of the Joseph Zeccardi, MD Pediatric Emergency Department at the SJH Regional Medical Center in Vineland, N.J. Designed specifically for children, the eight-bed unit features specialized equipment and exam rooms and a child-friendly waiting area, according to a news release.
“We all know that a trip to the ER can be stressful for anyone,” Elizabeth A. Sheridan, RN, MA, SJHs chief operating officer of the Regional Medical Center and corporate chief nurse executive, said in the release. “For children and their parents, it can be especially trying. It is our sincere hope that our new pediatric emergency department will make the experience less stressful for the entire family.”
SJH emergency medicine physicians, specially trained nurses and pediatric hospitalists from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., will work together within the department. Dedicated emergency department beds will ensure quicker triaging of sick children and decrease wait times, according to the release.
And if needed, Nemours Kids transport is available to bring pediatric patients to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The addition of the new pediatric emergency department comes less than a year after the opening of the Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The pediatric unit is named in honor of the late Joseph Zeccardi, who dedicated his career to pediatrics and emergency medicine. He served as SJHs chairman of emergency medicine from 1998 to 2004.