Welcome to the Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
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Level 1 Trauma Center
The Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center was the first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Missouri, providing critically ill and injured children the best chance at recovery.
An expansion project in 2003 doubled the size of the center, allowing more and larger examination and trauma care rooms.
As a pediatric facility, we work exclusively with children’s health emergencies, there is no health center more qualified to care for children in crisis. Treating a child is not like treating a small adult. Children have very special physical, developmental, pharmacological and psychological needs in times of trauma. The families of children need specialized understanding and education as well.
Nearly 41,000 children visit the Emergency Department each year for all types of emergency and non-emergency procedures, ranging from sprains and asthma attacks to serious injuries the occur during car accidents. Our exclusive “ER Quick” registration process means that every effort is made to minimize time spent waiting to be seen by a medical professional.
Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Team
Cardinal Glennon recruits and trains emergency medicine specialists through the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Our doctors have an average of 20 years experience in pediatric emergency care.
Once we receive the call that a seriously injured child is on the way to the Glennon Emergency Department, our multidisciplinary trauma team is called into action. This "stat" team is ready to begin life-saving care immediately. The 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.
In some cases, critically ill or injured children are brought to the Emergency Department by the Cardinal Glennon Transport Team. The transport team includes nurses and respiratory therapists specially trained to handle emergent transport situations.
Cardinal Glennon has its very own transport ambulance and helicopter, which has been dubbed "Cardinal Glennon Air." Having sole access to these critical care vehicles means we get our most critical patients the care they need as quickly as possible. When it's necessary, the transport team also travels by fixed-wing airplane or jet to bring children to the Level 1 Trauma Center at Cardinal Glennon.
Many of our Emergency Department nurses have 20 or more years of experience. The Emergency Department physicians and nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Support (PACTS) for Life. The hospital holds certification classes regularly for physicians, nurses and paramedical professionals. PACTS was developed by a Glennon emergency room physician who is a faculty member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The program is unique to Cardinal Glennon.
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Meet the Team
Robert Flood, MD, Director
John Peter, MD, Director of Operations
Rachel Charney, MD
Joshua Colvin, MD
Ann DiMaio-Ricci, MD
Faye Doerhoff, MD
James Gerard, MD
Parisa Jamshidi, MD
Kristi Kinder, DO
Steven Laffey, MD
Albert Nakanishi, MD
Anthony Scalzo, MD
Teresa Schiff, MD
Trevor Tredway, MD
Danette Kurtzeborn, Secretary