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Trauma room at Cardinal Glennon, Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

The Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital was the first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Missouri. We are designated a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by both Missouri and Illinois. This means we can handle any type of emergency at any time of day.

Nearly 60,000 children visit our Emergency and Trauma Center each year for all types of injuries and illness, ranging from sprains and asthma attacks to serious trauma injuries that may occur during car accidents.

Being a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center means providing the best possible care at every step of a traumatic situation. We work closely with many departments in the medical center, as well as with paramedics and first responders to ensure the best and safest care for children possible.

Take a virtual tour of the Emergency and Trauma Center!

7 ERs across St. Louis, St. Charles & the Metro-East: Find one near you

Hold your child's place online for a Cardinal Glennon ERWhen your child is very sick or injured, seconds feel like hours as you race to get the best care possible, and the best care for kids is closer than you think. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon specially trained pediatric emergency doctors are available 24 hours a day—no matter how serious and no matter where you live.

Taking your child to one of our locations in St. Louis, St. Charles or the Metro-East provides an immediate connection to our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center at the main campus. This network of hospitals, along with our transport team, means children have access to the best when time matters most.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon provides online services to hold your child's place in line at emergency rooms for non-life-threatening emergencies. Learn more at

Moms and dads recommend the ER at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon

Child-friendly ER puts kids, parents at ease at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis

Our Level 1 designation means we provide the highest designated emergency care available, but that highlights on one part of our exceptional care. We also have top parent/patient satisfaction scores. Parents in St. Louis and from around the region have consistently ranked the Emergency Department at or above the 90th percentile.

There is no one that a parent trusts more than another parent. High patient/parent satisfaction scores mean that moms and dads all over the St. Louis metro area would highly recommend SSM Health Cardinal Glennon for emergency care for kids.

Since we work exclusively with children’s health emergencies, you can rest assured that no other health center is more qualified to care for children in crisis than SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. We know that treating a child is not like treating a small adult. Children have very special physical, developmental, pharmacological and psychological needs in times of trauma. And the families of children need specialized understanding and education as well. We carry this philosophy out in all that we do from the décor and distraction activities, to our online check-in and exclusive “ER Quick” registration process which helps us make every effort to minimize time spent waiting to be seen.

Learn more about our Child Life team. No matter what the situation, they help make our ER and hospital child-friendly and fun!

Our Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Team safely delivers precious cargo

The Transport Team safely brought almost 1,200 critically ill and injured children to the Dan Dierdorf  Pediatric Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon in 2013.

Patients were transferred  by ambulance, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft with the help of our Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team—a group of highly skilled professionals that provide essential medical care while in transit. The team is made up of registered nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists who have advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of children.

The Transport Team serves many hospitals in the region, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With teams stationed in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Hannibal, the best care possible is close to home when time matters most.

Having an experienced, multi-disciplinary trauma team makes a difference

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon recruits and trains emergency medicine specialists through Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Our doctors and many of our nurses have an average of 20 years of experience in pediatric emergency care.

The multidisciplinary trauma team is ready to begin life-saving care as soon as we receive a call. This “stat” team includes emergency medicine physicians, pediatric surgeons, emergency and critical care pediatric nurses, a pediatric respiratory therapist, pediatric pharmacist, radiology and laboratory technicians and pastoral care representatives.

All of our Emergency Department physicians and nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Support (PACTS) for Life and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). PACTS for Life was developed by an SSM Health Cardinal Glennon emergency room physician who is a faculty member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. This program is unique to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon and exemplifies how we use academic excellence and innovation to advance the most critical care for our patients.

Meet the Emergency Medicine Team

Robert Flood, MD, Director

Hemina Bailey, MD

Colleen Braun, DO

Rachel Charney, MD

Kristin Cundiff, MD

Faye Doerhoff, MD

James Gerard, MD

Steven Laffey, MD

Renee Manley-Markowski, MD

Albert Nakanishi, MD

John Peter, MD

Nadeem Qureshi, MD

Teresa Schiff, MD

Scott Thomas, MD

Trevor Tredway, MD

Jamie Velasco-Masson, MD

Danette Kurtzeborn, Secretary

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