Whether your child is facing one of childhood's routine mishaps or something far more serious, our goal is to provide the region's best emergency care as quickly as possible.
Unlike many adult hospitals, our doctors, nurses, and staff have specialized training in caring for babies, children, and teens. We care for the region's most complex medical conditions, and we're open 24 hours a day. With 35 patient-care areas and 2 trauma bays, we have the capacity to quickly see more children.
Emergency room location
The emergency room entrance is near the hospital's main entry facing Children's Way. Free valet parking is available Monday through Friday 5 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Call 911 if your child's life may be in danger or they are seriously ill.
Poison Center Hotline: (800) 222-1222.
The Tennessee Poison Center is nearby at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
When to bring your child to the emergency room
Your first call should be to your pediatrician or family doctor who knows your child's medical history. What kinds of symptoms require emergency treatment?
Why choose us
- Our Pediatric Level I Trauma Center is the only one within 150 miles. A Level 1 facility offers the highest level of service to pediatric trauma patients.
- Our doctors are board-certified with advanced training in emergency medicine for children.
- One of the most experienced Neonatal Transport teams in the nation.
- Around-the-clock access to the staff and facilities at Children's Hospital, including pediatric specialists, operating rooms, on-site MRI and CT scanners, and emergency respiratory therapy.
- On-site child life specialists help children cope with their visit.
- We are a family friendly facilities with child-sized equipment.
- We provide the highest level of individualized sedation care for children. Pediatric sedation uses medicines to help children stay comfortable during potentially stressful or painful procedures.
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