Our mission in the emergency department at Children’s of Alabama (COA) is to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art, efficient, and cost-effective care to all children presenting with illness or injury. It takes the convergence of patient care, research, education, and funding to ensure the finest care. The affiliation between UAB and COA enables a “best of both worlds” environment, capitalizing on the strengths of both institutions. The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine strives to make substantial contributions in each academic domain: clinical, research, and education. In addition, our group is committed to providing administrative leadership, community outreach, and child advocacy.
As Alabama’s main tertiary care center for the care of children and as the state’s only designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center, we have the privilege and responsibility of caring for the most critically ill children in Alabama. To best care for these children, we have surrounded our pediatric emergency medicine physicians with an excellent team of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and ancillary staff members. Our physicians also have 24 hour access to pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists as well as 24/7 in-house PICU and CVICU coverage.
The Benjamin Russell Children’s Hospital opened in August of 2012, expanding the COA campus with a stunning 12 story facility dedicated to inpatient, emergency, and surgical services. Our new ED has 53 rooms including 4 major resuscitation rooms and a 4 bed unit specialized for the care of psychiatric patients. The radiology department, including MRI and CT, is connected to the ED offering rapid access to multiple imaging modalities.