Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Services at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) provides outstanding care to approximately 20,000 ill and injured infants, children, and young adults each year. Penn State Hershey prides itself in offering central Pennsylvania families the highest quality pediatric emergency care with skilled, coordinated teams to manage children with unique illnesses and injuries, and sophisticated technology in a nurturing, child-friendly environment.

Infants and children presenting to our ED are cared for by emergency medicine physicians, mid-level practitioners, and nurses with advanced training in pediatric emergency care. We realize that children aren’t just small adults—they require special skill and care.

Our patients have access to world-renowned experts in all areas of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties through Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and more than thirty outpatient locations throughout Pennsylvania. Critically ill or injured children who require hospitalization are cared for in the pediatric critical care unit (Level 1) located in our new, freestanding Children’s Hospital on the Medical Center campus, or in the Level IV neonatal intensive care unit.

Region’s Only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

Since 1993, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has been accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in southcentral Pennsylvania.

This accreditation recognizes the expertise in managing any acute injury to a child ranging from a fracture to life-threatening injuries. Pediatric surgical and medical specialists are available 24-hours-a-day to render immediate treatment to injured children.

To transfer a patient, please call the 24-hour MD Network at 1-800-233-4082.

  • Eleven pediatric-friendly themed private exam rooms
  • Two medical and trauma resuscitation bays with instruments designed for infants and children
  • Skilled nurses who are educated, trained, and certified in pediatric emergency nursing
  • Dedicated Child Life specialists who minimize psychological and emotional trauma, and promote a family-centered experience
  • Emergency social workers who offer support systems to patients and families in need
  • A multidisciplinary Center for the Protection of Children devoted to recognize and treat victims of child abuse and neglect
  • A world-renowned clinical simulation center providing high-tech, hands-on training in pediatric resuscitation and life support
  • Promotion of injury prevention, patient education, and advocacy through community outreach