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About us

If and when your child requires immediate medical attention, the Pediatric Emergency Division at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is here for you. We are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by board-certified emergency medicine pediatric doctors and pediatric emergency medicine nurses. Cohen Children’s is the only children’s hospital on Long Island designated as a New York State Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Receiving Hospital for traumatically injured children.

We accept walk-in patients, ambulance arrivals and those referred by pediatricians for acute care and diagnostic assistance. All patients are seen under the direct supervision of pediatric emergency medicine specialists. We provide emergency pediatric medicine care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

We also have an Urgi Center with a dedicated team of specialists that provides treatment for broken bones, sprains, minor trauma, fever, ear infections and other non-emergency medical situations.


What we treat
The Pediatric Emergency Division at Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides treatment for medical, surgical and traumatic injuries. The physicians and nurses within the division have gone through extensive pediatric emergency-specific training to deal with injuries and illness that are from across the various medical disciplines and specialty departments. We have the experience to specifically treat children who are hurt, sick, upset, scared and anxious.

Most patients are seen for treatment almost immediately after arriving, with little to no wait time. During busier times, your child will be evaluated by an intake and triage nurse who will determine the order your child should be seen in; the most critical cases are seen first.

If it is necessary to admit your child to the hospital, our staff will arrange for transportation to the proper division and will communicate your child’s medical condition to the staff there. Once your child arrives at the specified department, the medical team will care for his or her needs. Your pediatrician will also be notified of your child’s visit and provided with any follow-up recommendations if necessary. If you child’s follow-up requires a specialist, we will make the proper referrals for you.

The region’s only free-standing emergency department exclusively devoted to treating children

  • Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Pediatric diagnostic imaging center with X-ray, low dose CAT (CT) scan and ultrasound
  • Dedicated pediatric pharmacy
  • Private rooms
  • Soothing nature-inspired images and artwork
  • Virtual fish tank
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free valet parking

What to expect
All patients are met by a medical professional to determine the severity of their illness or injury. In many cases, patients are brought directly to the treatment area where they are met by a medical team consisting of a primary care nurse, pediatric or emergency medicine resident, pediatric emergency medicine fellow and a pediatric emergency medicine attending physician.

Your child’s nurse will take a brief medical history, check vital signs and use a pulse oximeter to assess the severity of your child’s illness. Your doctor will order the necessary tests and determine the best course of treatment.

A quick registration is completed either in the patient care area or in the waiting area. We will ask for:

  • Your child’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • A parent’s photo ID
  • A signed consent form for treatment

The registrar will give your child an ID wristband. A complete registration will be completed during his or her stay in the emergency department. Patients who are not brought directly to the treatment area will be asked to remain in the waiting area until called in to the triage booth or patient care area.