Child Sized Emergency Care Delivers Big Results
When Nikki Bello, 29, of Forked River, received a call from her son’s
day care center that he didn’t feel well, she headed right over
to pick him up. Normally an active and rambunctious 4-year-old, Riley
was lethargic, had a low-grade fever and just wasn’t acting like himself.
Nikki gave her son fluids and some over-the-counter medicine to help reduce
his fever and he dozed on the couch throughout the afternoon. Just before
6 a.m. his condition took a turn for the worse. “Riley’s fever
spiked. His eyes rolled back in his head, and he started to shake and
foam at the mouth,” recounts his mom. “It was very scary.”
Riley would be unresponsive for ten agonizing minutes.
Riley’s dad, Robert, who had gotten home just as the seizure began,
quickly called 911. The ambulance arrived and quickly transported Riley
to Community Medical Center – to KidCare, the hospital’s dedicated
Pediatric Emergency Department. KidCare, located adjacent to the main
ED, treats some 12,000 children each year – from newborns to teens.
The unit is staffed with a team of board certified pediatric physicians
and pediatric nurses specially trained to care for ill or injured children
“Children have distinctly different medical needs when it comes to
emergency care, which is why a designated pediatric emergency department
with board certified pediatricians in house 24/7 can be critical,”
explains John Kraynock, MD, the pediatrician who treated Riley.
In addition to an expert staff of pediatric specialists, KidCare maintains
child-sized diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and eight state-of-the-art
pediatric treatment rooms – with child-friendly amenities such as
TVs, toys, coloring books and even a fire truck exam table – to
distract uneasy patients, alleviate their fears and reassure anxious parents.
Riley was fortunate. Diagnosed with febrile seizures as a result of his
high fever, he was treated and released within just a few hours. “It
was a very scary experience,” says his mom, “but the doctors
and nursing staff at Community Medical Center were excellent with Riley,
attentive and great at helping calm our fears as well.”
KidCare - CMC's Pediatric Emergency Department
- Board Certified Pediatricians Available 24/7 in the Emergency Department
- Specially Trained Pediatric Nurses
- Child Friendly Amenities to Calm Fears and Reduce Anxiety
- Dedicated In-house Pediatric Unit for Admissions
Affiliated with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical