Emergency care for kids expands

Upstate’s new pediatric emergency department. (PHOTOS BY ROBERT MESCAVAGE)

 A $3 million expansion doubles the size of Upstate University Hospital’s pediatric emergency department and separates the children from the adults seeking emergency care.

Children and their families still use the main emergency entrance on East Adams Street, then take an elevator to the fourth floor.

Richard Cantor, MD, director the pediatric emergency department.

The new department, which opened in August, can hold up to 24 patients and includes 18 private rooms, plus a pediatric diagnostic radiology unit. It’s designed and furnished with kids in mind, with plenty of gaming systems for all ages.

As a result of the pediatric expansion, the adult emergency department also grows. The 13 beds that were previously reserved for children are now being used for adults.

magazine-fall16cvrHLOA-4C-VERT-REVThis article appears in the fall 2016 issue of Upstate Health magazine. Click here for a radio interview/podcast with Cantor on the new pediatric emergency room.

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