Pediatric Emergency Room

When the unexpected happens, we provide 24-hour pediatric emergency care when you need it most.

Home of the Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, our Emergency Department offers expert patient care for all types of pediatric emergencies.

the entrance to the ER building at night time.
the entrance to the ER building at night time.

When emergencies arise, families can take comfort in knowing that Nicklaus Children's Hospital is here around-the-clock to take care of your child's immediate healthcare needs. With a caring team of nurses and doctors, combined with the most technologically advanced equipment, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Emergency Room provides the immediate quality care that your child needs.

In 2022, the Nicklaus Children's Emergency Department had 97,461 ER visits.

At Nicklaus Children's, we know that a child's needs are different from adults. To ensure that your child is seen by a pediatric specialist when it is most needed, the Emergency Department has a team of board-certified, fellowship trained, and board-eligible attending pediatric specialists and subspecialties on call, 24 hours a day. Should your child require advanced care, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has a full spectrum of pediatric subspeciality physicians to collaborate in your child's care.

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Emergency Department is proud to be home to the Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, is one of only two freestanding Level III pediatric trauma centers in Florida and the only freestanding pediatric trauma center in South Florida. An adjoining helipad enhances the facility’s ability to handle incoming traumas, as well as transfers from other hospitals.

To continue to be a leader in ensuring patient satisfaction, the entire Emergency Department staff devised and implemented strategies to reduce patient waiting time, enhance the atmosphere in the waiting room, and improve the delivery of patient care for our patients and families.

Treatments and Procedures

Conditions We Treat

Our Collaboration with Baptist Health

Baptist Health and Nicklaus Children's Health System are working together to ensure that the children in our community continue to receive the highest quality emergency care. The pediatric emergency physicians at Baptist Health Baptist Hospital ER and Baptist Health Homestead Hospital ER are now part of Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, the medical group practice of Nicklaus Children's Health System. Our physicians will continue to provide the same high-quality, compassionate care you have come to expect.

Through this collaboration, they will also have access to the extensive array of pediatric subspecialists on Nicklaus' medical staff to support your child's specialized care needs. Pediatric patients treated in a Baptist Health Baptist Hospital Emergency Department and Baptist Health Homestead Hospital Emergency Department and requiring hospital admission will be transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to receive ongoing care.

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COVID-19 Testing

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centers provide testing for children who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 such as:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Our staff will contact the parents or guardians of any child with a positive result within 7-10 days of testing.

Parents can access the child's medical records and lab results online by visiting MyKids Patient Portal. For information about MyKids and instructions on how to register, please visit


ambulances with advanced life-saving support equipment


Emergency Room visits in 2022


Emergency Medicine physicians on staff
featured patient photo.
featured patient photo.

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