St. Joseph's Children's Hospital opens new trauma center

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Tampa, Florida -- St. Joseph's Children's Hospital has expanded the Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/ Trauma Center. 

The new facility features 24 private patient rooms and a kids-only lobby specifically designed to provide comfort, distraction and entertainment to children and families. Other highlights of the expanded Emergency/Trauma Center include: 

  • Two trauma suites with advanced critical care equipment designed exclusively for pediatric patients and in-room digital imaging
  • Six 'fast track' rooms to treat patients with minor emergencies
  • In-room entertainment system featuring movies, educational games and more
  • An interactive fish pond in the flooring, bubble towers and other kid-friendly decorations in the lobby
  • Child Life Specialists to help kids understand and cope emotionally with the medical experience and provide developmentally appropriate distraction activities during treatment
  • Child Advocates to deliver education and safety items to families
  • Other support systems including social workers, volunteers, pet therapy and more
  • Neonatal/pediatric transport team available to provide expedited transportation from other area hospital. 

The state-certified level II pediatric trauma referral center operates with a staff of physicians who are board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine. In addition, pediatric specialists in areas such as neurology, orthopedics, urology and plastic surgery also are available 24-hours-a-day, which is especially significant when treating patients with multiple injuries. 

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