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Memorial Hermann-Katy opens new pediatric care center

February 9, 2019

As the population in Katy continues to rise dramatically, it will require additional facilities dedicated to round-the-clock healthcare for people of all ages, said officials at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Katy branch.

“Emergency medical situations occur at every hour of the day and how those are addressed can differ between adults and children. We are able to provide emergency care for all ages and all hours,” said Heath Rushing, senior vice president at chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress hospitals.

The recently-opened Pediatric Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann’s Katy campus is now open to receive patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospital officials said it complements the hospital’s new pediatric inpatient unit and helps meet the new for specialized pediatric emergency care in Katy and the greater west Houston area.

“As Katy continues to grow, it needs more access points for round-the-clock care available for all ages closer to home,” Rushing said.

Hospital officials said there is a difference between emergency care for adults and children. They range from the size and scope of the equipment to the expertise of physicians and nurses who receive special training for administering care and relating to both the patient and parent.

“The goal of emergency care is the same regardless of age,” said Linda Stephens, vice president and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Katy. “But the physiology of adults and children are different.”

A pediatric patient could need emergency medical care for a host of problems, including trouble breathing, severe burns, uncontrollable bleeding and loss of consciousness, officials said.

“Having physicians and nurses specially trained to treat a patient with those physiological differences increases the likelihood of a child receiving the most appropriate level of care in the most efficient manner possible,” Stephens said.

Some pediatric ailments, such as high fevers, coughing and diarrhea may require emergency care but typically can be addressed by a pediatrician or urgent care facility, officials said.

Pediatric primary care is available on the Memorial Hermann Katy campus through Memorial Hermann Medical Group and Blue Fish Pediatrics Katy, and in the surrounding area through the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy and memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne.

mike.glenn@chron.com

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