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August 31, 2011

Tallahassee, FL – Capital Regional Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its Pediatric Emergency Room with a press conference and open house, unveiling the facility to more than 75 area key influentials. Local legislators and business leaders joined to tour the Big Bend’s only dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room.

“With 66 percent of its population under age 44, Tallahassee boasts a large number of young families,” says Dr. James Calabro, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Capital Regional Medical  Center. “We have more children under age 17 than the state average, so it makes sense to have a facility dedicated solely to treating our youngest citizens.”

The only facility of its kind in the Big Bend, the Capital Regional Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Room will provide excellent emergency care for children, while easing the stress often associated with a visit to a hospital. The Pediatric Emergency Room is created with a child-friendly atmosphere to soothe anxiety and help children feel more comfortable. Instead of being treated alongside adults with varying injuries, this ER is for kids only. The child-focused, soothing atmosphere will lessen anxiety for children, and parents will be comforted knowing that their kids are being treated by the area’s best pediatric professionals.

As part of Capital Regional Medical Center, the Pediatric Emergency Room will also boast the area’s shortest wait times. In 2010, the hospital provided emergency care to more than 70,000 patients, 12,000 of them children, with an average wait time of 25 minutes to see a physician.

“When companies look to move to Tallahassee, great healthcare is an absolute must,” says Sue Dick, President of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. “I’m pleased to see Capital Regional Medical Center fill the needs of our community in such an innovative way.”

Capital Regional Medical Center will also add to its capabilities with a new Pediatric Inpatient Unit to care for children that need to be admitted to the hospital, adding as many as 20 new jobs to the area.

“This addition represents our dedication to serving the Big Bend region by offering an even greater capacity to care for its citizens,” said Bud Wethington, President and CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center.

The facility began seeing patients in the Pediatric Emergency Room on August 22.

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