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BIRMINGHAM (July 31, 2012) – Children’s of Alabama will relocate its emergency department in its McWane Building (1600 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 35233) to the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (1601 5th Ave. S., Birmingham 35233) on Aug. 4 starting
at 5 a.m.
The new emergency room is located on the corner of 5th Ave. and 16th St. S. Vehicles should enter from 16th St. Complimentary valet parking for patient families is available during an emergency room visit.
Children’s emergency department staff has been training and preparing for the move for months. In addition, the staff has worked with local and state emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to familiarize them with the new facility and to educate them on new patient intake processes.
Children’s new emergency department features 48 exam rooms – up from 35 – plus four resuscitation rooms for traumas, a minor procedure room, three triage rooms and a spacious main waiting area with an activity space for children and sub-waiting areas throughout the department. The imaging department is adjacent to the ED for increased efficiency and “traumavators,” or specialized elevators, run between the ground-floor ED to the rooftop helipad for the rapid transport of patients who arrive by helicopter. Shell space provides opportunity for future expansion.
“As with every other aspect of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, the emergency department was designed with the emphasis on family-centered care,” said Children’s CEO Mike Warren. “More exam rooms, special triage rooms and closer proximity to imaging equipment will enhance patient flow while a larger main waiting area, sub-waiting areas, a dedicated play space for children and beautiful artwork will provide our families a more comfortable environment until their children can be seen by our staff.”
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central and north Alabama. Last year, families made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past three years by US News & World Report.