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Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department now open 24 hours a day


GLENDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2012) – For the first time since Banner Thunderbird introduced a separate pediatric area within its larger emergency department, care is now available 24 hours a day in this dedicated area, marking another significant milestone in the continuing expansion of the hospital’s pediatric services.

“This 24/7 pediatric ED area has been the vision for the department since a pediatric area within our ED was first created 10 years ago,” said Amy Forsberg, director of Banner Thunderbird’s Emergency department.

Previously, children who arrived at the hospital for emergency care between 4 and 10 a.m. were evaluated and treated alongside adults in the hospital’s main Emergency Department.

Two converging trends - an increasing preference for pediatric care at Banner Thunderbird and the increased demand for emergency care during the winter months – led hospital officials to determine that it made sense to keep the pediatric area open around the clock starting this month. The timing is particularly beneficial for the community due to the prevalence of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and stomach flu in kids this time of year.

“During the summer we see 40 patients a day and now we are seeing 60 to 80 patients per day,” said Dr. Bill Schneider, medical director of Banner Thunderbird’s Pediatric ED.

“We really are increasing the quality of care by expanding our hours,” he said. “One thing that won’t change, however, is our goal to provide the best care possible to these patients.”

At one acre in size, Banner Thunderbird’s Emergency department is one of the largest in the Valley, and includes a separate pediatric emergency department dedicated to caring for kids. The department is staffed by physicians and nurses specially trained to care for children.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center – part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals throughout the West—is the leading provider of pediatric care in the West Valley. Services include a dedicated Pediatric Emergency department, 40 pediatric inpatient beds, a pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric surgery and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Contact: Barry Iselin, PR Specialist
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