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Children’s Hospital of San Antonio to Open First Free-Standing Pediatric Emergency Center in Westover Hills April 23, 2015

Experts in pediatric emergency care will soon arrive in Westover Hills to staff a new Emergency Center dedicated to caring for children. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio hosted a grand opening celebration today featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing of the new Center located on the campus of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa – Westover Hills. The city’s first full-service free-standing Emergency Center for children opens on April 28, 2015, at 7:00 a.m.

“We are very blessed to be able to bring a children’s emergency center to one of the fastest growing areas of Bexar County. There are 133,000 children living in Westover Hills right now and that figure is expected to grow by six percent over the next five years,” said Elias Neujahr, President, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “This Center gives parents peace of mind knowing that specially trained pediatric emergency personnel are available close to home and around the clock. This Center is another example of our promise to San Antonio that our children will always be first.”

“Since opening in 2009, the Emergency Department staff at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa – Westover Hills has provided outstanding emergency services to both adult and pediatric patients from the community. This new Center will ensure that children now have access to an exceptional and rapidly growing network of care that is part of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio,” said Jeff Bourgeois, FACHE, President and Administrator, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills.

“The pediatric Emergency Center at Westover Hills will be able to treat a wide range of conditions from respiratory problems to trauma. We have a highly experienced and trained staff just for children. When necessary, a child may be transferred to our Hospital downtown to ensure the highest level of care is provided,” said Dr. Kris Rittichier, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “This new space has 10 private rooms, a designated trauma room, and imaging and laboratory services on site.”

The opening of the Emergency Center marks a significant milestone in the development of world-class pediatric care by the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. In the past two years, more than 170 pediatric subspecialists have been recruited including physicians in cardiology, critical care, epileptology, hematology/oncology, pulmonology, orthopedics, and much more with two pediatric subspecialty centers now open with more planned for the future. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Physician Group has four practices across the city to help ensure children receive regular checkups and preventative health care.

“We encourage families to have a primary care doctor for their children to take care of routine checkups and consultations for urgent care situations during office hours,” said Dr. Rittichier. “But, when children suffer head injuries, severe bleeding, difficulty breathing, potential poisoning, unexplained severe abdominal pain, high fevers, or loss of consciousness, the emergency team is here for children 24/7.”