Emergency Medicine for Children

If you or your child are experiencing an emergency, CALL 911 or visit your nearest emergency department.

Children requiring emergency care have unique needs. Our pediatric emergency medicine department provides highly specialized, emergency care for infants, children and teens who are ill or injured. As the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in West Michigan, we are equipped to handle the most acute cases. Annually, we treat more than 54,000 children.

We have the appropriate equipment, medications, supplies and staff to provide the specialty care that children need. We remain at the forefront of pediatric emergency medicine by training the next generation of physicians with ACGME-accredited emergency medicine and pediatric residency programs.

A Multispecialty Approach to Treatment

Our team is led by a dedicated group of board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians. Our nurses and other team members all have special interest, knowledge and training in the emergency medical care of children. We work closely with all other specialty and subspecialty departments at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, including radiology, surgery and child life services, to provide coordinated, comprehensive and kid-friendly care.

Specialized Care for Children's Medical Emergencies 

• Our team members are committed to working with children. Physicians and nurses have specialized training in pediatric emergency medicine.
• Child life specialists, who are experts in child development, are on-site to help children and families cope with stress.
• Sedation services are available to minimize anxiety, pain or discomfort for your child during medical or diagnostic procedures that may be uncomfortable or require them to lie very still.
• Medical social workers are available 24 hours a day to help patients and families. 
• A pharmacist is on-site in the emergency department to provide medications for patients, check for any interactions between drugs and work with the rest of the medical team to choose appropriate treatments.