Our Level I Trauma Center
provides the same high level care for children as it does for adults — with one
important difference: Everything is focused on caring for the highly
specialized needs of children who have experienced a major trauma. It is the only trauma
center in Suffolk County certified to treat the most seriously ill and injured
children. The highly specialized, child-focused services include:
- The trauma team. Led by Stony Brook Children’s
pediatric surgeons Thomas K. Lee, MD, and Richard J. Scriven, MD (*both selected as “Top Doctors”
in the New York metropolitan area), the team consists
of experienced trauma and pediatric critical care experts, pediatric nurse
practitioners, board certified pediatric anesthesiologists, board-certified
pediatric emergency physicians, respiratory
therapists, technologists and other specialists.
- Specialized pediatric physician expertise available 24/7. Stony Brook Children’s has more than 140
physicians practicing in 30 pediatric specialties. This means that if a child
needs emergency bone or spine surgery, there is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon
or spine surgeon immediately available; if the child requires facial reconstruction,
a pediatric plastic surgeon and pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgeon join
the team; if there’s been a head trauma, pediatric neurosurgeons are at the ready.
Morning or night, 365 days a year, children receive the appropriate specialized
service at the appropriate time — when every second counts.
- A dedicated transport team. Stony Brook
provides both air and ground transport for children who need the services of a
Level I trauma center fast. En route, children are attended to by a
multidisciplinary team specially trained in inter-facility transport, including
emergency medicine technicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and
paramedics. They remain in constant contact with trauma team in our Pediatric
Emergency Department so that appropriate treatment can begin immediately upon
- A sophisticated PICU. Stony Brook Children’s has a
12-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) that provides the region’s most
advanced, family-centered critical care
to seriously injured and ill children. It is led by Critical Care Division Chief Margaret
Parker, MD, who recently was selected as a Master of Critical Care Medicine, an
honor based on her national and international stature in the field, as well as
her leadership and research contributions. The PICU provides around-the-clock
care that is overseen by attending pediatric intensivists (specialists in
critical care for children) and delivered by a team of specially trained PICU nurses and
pediatric health professionals 24/7.
- Sensitivity to the special needs of children and families. Traumas are scary enough, so we do everything in our power to provide a comfortable
environment, starting at the front door. We have a separate entrance for
children, which keeps them away from potentially frightening adult crises. We
also provide private treatment rooms, an “ouchless” approach to tests and
treatment, a separate waiting area for children and families and valet parking
so parents can remain with their children.
Learn more about the
pediatric emergency services and the children’s hospital difference here.