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Pediatric Emergency Medicine


The Niswonger Children’s Hospital ER is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to pediatric patients, and is the only pediatric-specific, 24-hour emergency department in the region.

Our ER is unique. We are dedicated to our pediatric patients, and have a family-friendly waiting room, with safe play areas and toys for children. Our state-of-the-art facility has the right equipment to quickly and effectively treat children in our eight patient rooms and four transitional rooms. Our emergency physicians and emergency nurses are all pediatric specialists. 

In the event a child requires advanced care, the Children's Emergency medical staff has access to the pediatric specialists from Niswonger Children's Hospital, as well as full access to the wealth of services available at Johnson City Medical Center. Children who need inpatient care do not need to be transferred to another facility. They are admitted to Niswonger Children's Hospital, on the same campus as Johnson City Medical Center.

Now get virtual access to Niswonger Children’s Hospital, without having to travel there.

Niswonger Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency care is now closer than ever. Using state-of-the-art virtual technology, the pediatric emergency physicians at Niswonger Children’s can now be a part of the care team at your local hospital at a moment’s notice. You and your child can communicate in real time with physicians at both the children’s hospital and the local ER. Together, the care team will assess your child’s needs and expedite immediate transport to Niswonger Children’s Hospital if necessary. Ballad Health Virtual Health is quick, convenient and affordable, bringing better health to virtually everyone. Learn more about our emergency virtual health services.

Why is an emergency department dedicated to children important?

Children needing urgent and emergency care have unique and special needs, requiring medical professionals who specialize in the care of children, as well as equipment designed for all sizes, from babies to young adults.

The medical staff of Children's Emergency have the necessary skills, knowledge and training to provide care for children in urgent and emergency situations. Our physicians are board-certified in pediatrics, and our nurses are experienced in treating children of all ages. Emergency rooms are often busy places, so prepare a "visit kit" and keep it by the door or in the car. A visit kit should contain a comfort item as well as items that will provide distraction and occupy your child while you might be waiting. Suggested visit kit items include:

  • Favorite stuffed animal or blanket
  • Story, picture, seek-and-find books
  • Books about doctor or hospital visits
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Bubbles, glitter wand, kaleidoscope
  • Handheld or travel games

The HONEST Approach: Talking with Your Child after an Emergency Room Visit

When children visit an Emergency Department, the overall experience can be overwhelming. Many times, children can have questions and misconceptions about the event. Emergency Department visits tend to be unexpected, so you may have to help your child (and siblings) understand what happened after the experience. If this is the case, keep in mind the following acronym, HONEST. 

H – HELP children understand.
O – OFFER physical closeness.
N – NEVER blame. 
E – ENCOURAGE conversation. 
S – SHARE their feelings. 
T – TELL the truth.