Six exam rooms and a special waiting area for children and members of the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital ED team have taken special training in calming anxiety and reducing children’s fears of being in the hospital.

Kid-friendly ED now at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital

Spah Emergency Pediatric Track

The Sentara Princess Anne Hospital emergency department treated more than 17,000 children in 2014. In response to this growing trend, the hospital has adopted a new pediatric track in its emergency department designed to serve the unique needs of children, which becomes effective Sept. 23, 2015.

"Children are often anxious or scared in addition to being sick or injured and we want to create a calming environment for them," said Joani Brough, RN, vice president and nurse executive at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. "We’ve set aside six examination rooms and a special waiting area for children and members of our ED team have taken special training in calming anxiety and reducing children’s fears of being in the hospital."

Specially trained physician assistants supervised by board-certified emergency physicians, and nurses trained in pediatric advanced life support, will take the lead on initial examinations and overnight observation if required. The exam rooms, decorated with kid-friendly colors and artworks, will feature white boards on which to color and other diversions.

The pediatric emergency program compliments the work of Sentara Pediatric Physicians practices which operate in four locations throughout Virginia Beach.

"Families with children need emergency care close to home," said Joani Brough. "Whether our pediatric patients arrive by car or ambulance, we’re addressing a growing need in southern Virginia Beach by offering 24-hour availability and a specially-trained staff so families have access 365 days a year."