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In an emergency, you don’t always know what’s coming in the door and you don’t have the time to anticipate and prepare for every potential condition. At Brenner Children’s Emergency Department (ED), we are ready for all things at all times.


The Pediatric Emergency Department

Pediatric Emergency Department

The Only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in North Carolina

Brenner Children’s Emergency Department (ED) accesses the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in North Carolina and we’re the only pediatric emergency department in the region. This means you receive exceptional care from our renowned physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in a cutting-edge emergency department that is dedicated to the care and treatment of children facing urgent medical needs.


Why is it important to go to a Pediatric Emergency Department?

VIDEO: Why is it important to go to a Pediatric Emergency Department? Dr. Marty B. Scott, Vice President of Brenner Children's Hospital explains. 


Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Brenner’s pediatric emergency team provides comprehensive emergency care to more than 29,000 infants and children each year. Children are not just small adults – our doctors are expertly trained to provide immediate medical care to children of all ages and our emergency department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic tools designed to match the specific requirements of pediatric patients. And, most importantly, at Brenner’s pediatric ED, you will always be seen by a doctor trained in emergency care, as well as by our support staff of highly experienced nurses and physician assistants.

The Brenner Difference

What is the Brenner Difference? It’s more than just the fact that we’re the only pediatric emergency department in the region, dedicated solely to providing emergency care for pediatric patients. It’s more than just our devices and diagnostic tools, which are designed and sized specifically to meet the requirements of children.


child-sized equipment_124 VIDEO: Nurse Manager Sherry Cook describes some of the child-sized equipment that sets Brenner Children's Hospital apart from others in our region.


It’s our people. Everybody that works at Brenner’s pediatric ED is focused just on the care of children in need. Our attending physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals are all dedicated to making sure that the right child gets the right treatment for his or her size and medical need.

Learn more about the Brenner Difference.

Specialized Transport for Pediatric Patients

Brenner’s specialized pediatric transport team serves 20 counties in western North Carolina. Each year, hundreds of children are transported to Brenner’s pediatric ED via Wake Forest Baptist’s specially equipped transport ambulances and AirCare, the Wake Forest Baptist helicopter transport system. Wake Forest Baptist’s transport team consists of experienced registered nurses and respiratory therapists who specialize in the care of critically ill children and one of just 3 critical care transport teams in North Carolina that is capable of transporting a baby on Inhaled Nitric Oxide (INO). 

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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Pediatric Emergency Department


Additional Information
The Brenner Pediatric ED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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