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Loyola Adding Pediatric Fast Track to Emergency Room Services

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System’s emergency room just got a little more kid-friendly with the opening of a pediatric fast track, which will help provide better patient flow and satisfaction.

“Our goal is that this new track will provide a more effective and comfortable environment for parents and children,” said Jerold Stirling, MD, medical director of the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Housed in a clinical area adjacent to the emergency department, the pediatric fast track will be staffed with board-certified pediatricians and will be open 7 days a week from 5-10 p.m.  Patients will be triaged through the emergency room. Pediatric patients with less serious illnesses will be sent to the fast track.

“This will enable us to process pediatric patients through the ER quicker as well as allow our ER physicians more time to focus on those who have more serious illnesses and injuries,” Stirling said.

Parents and children will spend minimal time in the ER waiting area. As soon as they are triaged they will be sent to a different waiting area that is similar to a pediatrician’s office setting, providing a more comfortable, kid-friendly environment.
“We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients and community by offering a higher level of service,” Stirling said.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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