Emergency Center Pediatric Trauma Center

Capital Campaign for Expansion of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

We wish we could prevent accidents and save every child from harm. While we can’t stop the unthinkable from happening, we can be ready to save children’s lives when it does. At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, our emergency and trauma physicians are among the best in the nation, with outcomes that surpass national averages. As providers of Arizona’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, we have a tremendous responsibility to care for our state’s most critically ill and injured children. But as our community grows, our ability to provide emergency care in the future is at risk.The Need is Now…so we can be here in the future.

The Need for Specialized Emergency Care

Any number of things can bring a child through our Emergency Department (ED) — motor vehicle accidents, allergic reactions, falls, near drownings.
Children aren’t just small adults. Their bodies are different. They require different treatment after an accident. They heal differently. They need doctors who work with children and understand what those differences are. Children treated at pediatric trauma centers are more likely to survive and to have shorter hospital stays than children treated at adult trauma centers.

Without this expansion, we predict a day when we won’t simply ask families to wait — we’ll have no choice but to turn them away. We cannot let that happen.”

The Need for More Space

str-initiatives-need-is-now-spaceThe current Phoenix Children’s Emergency Department design accommodates 22,000 patients per year. Currently 65,000 children come through our ED doors annually, nearly three times the designed capacity.

A strategic alliance in 2011 brought all pediatric patients from CHW/St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to Phoenix Children’s. With this alliance, we anticipated an additional 2,000 emergency and trauma patients per year. But we’ve experienced far more than that. By August 2011, our trauma volume had increased 86 percent over August 2010.

As we look five years into the future, we anticipate our ED visits to increase from 65,000 annually to 85,000. Our Hospital has enough staff to treat these children. And up to this point, we have found creative ways to treat children in a space that was built for one-third of the volume we see today. But we have run out of options. The need to grow now is critical.

The Need to Accommodate our Patients

TheNeedIsNowBrochureIn the quarters of the year with the lowest patient volume, Phoenix Children’s ranks among the top 10 pediatric hospitals for patient satisfaction in emergency care. But in high-volume periods those numbers drop.

Patients and families experience longer wait times. We are forced to create makeshift rooms. Those with less emergent conditions are forced to wait while we care for children with more serious illnesses and injuries. And in our highest volume periods, families have left without their child even being seen.

Without this expansion, we predict a day when we won’t simply ask families to wait — we’ll have no choice but to turn them away. We cannot let that happen. Children should be treated at a children’s hospital, and our community deserves a medical facility that can grow with the community’s need.

The Need for Support

The $45 million “The Need is Now” campaign includes $35 million to expand our Emergency Department and $10 million to complete the build out of the main patient tower’s 9th floor.

The expanded Emergency Department will be built just west of the new main patient tower. It will allow us to more than double in size with 75 beds, including nine critical care rooms. But we won’t just be bigger. We will be better:

Wait times will decrease

  • Total time spent in the ED will decrease
  • Patients and families will experience more privacy
  • Rooms and areas will be designed for patients who need specialized care
  • We can better accommodate multiple traumas
  • Upgraded technology will be built into the design
  • There will be easy and direct access to imaging
  • Enhanced efficiency
  • Improved processes for patients with chronic illnesses