Brevard’s Only Pediatric ER Is Now Open at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center

For infants and children up to age 17

As part of Health First’s continuing mission to offer leading-edge healthcare to every person for every matter, the health system has created an under-the-sea-themed emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center for kids 0 to 17. It stands alone among hospitals and clinics in the area.

With Child Life therapists and virtual reality goggles, Health First’s Pediatric Emergency Department at Holmes Regional Medical Center is the only one of its kind in the county.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County parents, we’ve got you. Whether your child has a broken bone, spiking fever or allergic reaction, you now have more than a traditional hospital when it comes to their emergent care needs – a dedicated Pediatric ER.

As part of Health First’s continuing mission to offer leading-edge healthcare to every person for every matter, the health system has created an under-the-sea-themed emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center for infants and children up to age 17. It stands alone among hospitals and clinics in the area.

The unit is more than fun wall paint, said Dr. Danielle Devereaux, who directs the department, “though it’s beautiful there, and that sense of ease is intentional.”

It maintains a team of nurses trained in pediatrics, prepared for bawling injection-takers, often dispensing very small doses that must be precise.

And there’s two Child Life Specialists on the floor to explain matters in developmentally appropriate ways, sometimes counseling parents in the process, always ready with a toy and therapeutic interactivity to help kids understand both the care they’re getting and the fear they may be feeling.

Child Life Specialists on the floor to explain matters in developmentally appropriate ways, sometimes counseling parents in the process, always ready with a toy and therapeutic interactivity to help kids understand both the care they’re getting and the fear they may be feeling.

The ER is stocked with pediatric medical supplies, which is not always true of general ERs — appropriately sized tubes and catheters, instruments, even gowns.

Anything “pokey” gets a topical numbing cream, but if there isn’t time, a bumble bee gadget may be pulled from the freezer to numb and “buzz” just above the injection site, helping to distract the child from the injection process.

“The vibrations and the cold do a couple of things to the pain centers to decrease what the child perceives,” Devereaux said.

And for a more immersive escape, the kindVR Virtual Reality Therapy Program is an interactive headset experience to assist in positive distraction.

“We have specialized lights in the room that work to calm the scene. I have an X-ray machine that looks like a submarine. All of these put kids at ease,” Devereaux said.

“Our Pediatric Emergency Room is tailored to be sensitive to the very specific needs of our youngest patients,” said Brett Esrock, Health First CEO of Hospital Services, “and it’s a showpiece for what Health First can bring to this community that we value so much.”

The more than 3,200-square-foot unit was developed in partnership with AdventHealth for Children in Orlando.

To learn more, visit HF.org/PedsER

As part of Health First’s continuing mission to offer leading-edge healthcare to every person for every matter, the health system has created an under-the-sea-themed emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center for kids 0 to 17. It stands alone among hospitals and clinics in the area.

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