PEORIA, Ill.– OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois has opened the area’s only 24-hour emergency room specially designed for children and families. This child-friendly space was designed to keep children calm and comfortable and includes a separate entrance and waiting room for children and families.

Children are not just small adults and can’t be treated as such. They have special needs that require specially trained physicians, nurses and support staff. That’s exactly what we’re providing in this new children’s emergency room. It really serves our sisters mission of giving the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life.

Deb Trau, director of Emergency Services.

In addition, child life specialists are available to assist with preparation for procedures, medical play, and distraction when needed.

“They help normalize the event of maybe starting an IV or having a procedure done,” said Trau. “So they’ll use distraction techniques to help prepare the child.”

The OSF Children’s Emergency Room is located to the right of the OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center emergency room and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. OSF Children’s Hospital is the area’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.

This has given us the ability to have patients seen 24-hours a day and really we’re the only ones offering that [service] between Chicago and St. Louis, so we want to offer the same services at noon as we do at midnight.

Teresa Riech, Medical Director | Pediatric Emergency Department

The Children’s Hospital of Illinois is the third largest pediatric hospital in Illinois and the only full-service tertiary hospital for kids downstate.