The Scott M. Niswonger Pediatric Emergency Department is open for all
types of emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Emergency
Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital provides highly specialized,
emergency care for infants, children and teens. Because we treat more
children needing emergency care than anyone else in East Tennessee, our
doctors and nurses are equipped to treat everything from minor injuries
to major medical concerns. We understand we are caring for patients who
need a special kind of treatment - not only to make them well, but to
also make them feel comfortable and safe.
"We know that emergency department visits are scary and we have staff
that's specially trained in trying to alleviate that discomfort."
-Dr. Ryan Redman, M.D.
Our dedicated medical team is led by a group of board-certified pediatric
emergency medicine doctors. And our nurses and other team members all
have special interest, knowledge and skill in the emergency medical care
of children. Our Emergency Department team works closely with all other
specialty departments in the hospital, including radiology, surgery and
child life services, to provide coordinated, comprehensive and child-friendly care.
Emergency Care Suited For Kids
We handle more than 72,000 emergency visits a year - averaging 200 patients
each day - and are ready to treat children 24/7, 365 days a year. In our
Emergency Department, children are protected from potentially frightening
adult emergencies and inappropriate situations. Non-urgent patients are
sent to a separate area within the Emergency Department during evenings
As a parent, you never want to think of your child being injured. However,
if your child is involved in an accident, he needs emergency care quickly
and in an environment that's best suited for him. But how do you know
if your child needs to go to the doctor or the hospital? The staff at
East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Emergency Department offers
the following advice for when a child should see their primary care provider
or be taken immediately to Children's Hospital's Emergency Department.