Miami Children’s Hospital, a 289-bed hospital in South Florida, has announced the opening of 20 new exam rooms in its emergency department, one of the most preferred paediatric emergency rooms in the state and the region’s only emergency service exclusively for children.

The opening of the new exam rooms is part of an expansion project aimed at meeting the growing needs of the community.

Technology and digitisation have been enhanced at the emergency department. In addition, an expanded waiting area with family group seating options and colourful entertainment zones for children of all ages has also been added.

Miami Children’s Hospital has also announced that construction on the M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center is nearing completion.

The M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center will expand the treatment facility for South Florida’s only freestanding paediatric trauma centre.

Construction on the emergency department will be completed in early 2015. It will have 72 new exam rooms and will offer specialised areas for enhanced patient flow from triage to discharge, optimising the patient and family experience.

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"This expansion is a testament to our commitment to anticipating the needs of the families we serve and offering an environment that is supportive of those receiving care."

The hospital is nationally recognised for its use of the Lean business improvement model to streamline processes to enhance care access and service.

Funding for this project was made possible through the Together for the Children Capital Campaign.

Miami Children’s Hospital executive vice president and chief operating officer Martha McGill noted that the emergency department at Miami Children’s is an invaluable resource within its community.

"This expansion is a testament to our commitment to anticipating the needs of the families we serve and offering an environment that is supportive of those receiving care. We are committed to providing the best care possible, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," McGill added.

Miami Children’s Hospital, which was founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, provides care for approximately 100,000 children each year through its emergency department.

Image: Miami Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy of Miami Children’s Hospital.