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60,000 Patient Visits

As the premier pediatric trauma center in the Chicago area, Lurie Children’s Kenneth & Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center provides acute care for ill and injured children, with more than 60,000 patient visits each year. The emergency care center is staffed 24 hours a day by board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists and fellows. It is supported by a broad range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties and state-of-the-art diagnostic services.


Visiting the Emergency Department

If your child’s injury or illness is serious or worsening, do not delay seeking care at our Emergency Department. Experienced physicians and nurses are poised around the clock to handle even the most complicated, life-threatening injuries or conditions, such as:

  • Newborns (under two months) with a fever of 100.5° F or higher
  • Severe chest pain, trouble breathing, passing out or fainting, coughing up blood
  • Severe asthma attacks
  • Severe dehydration (child is lethargic, has dry lips or mouth, hasn’t urinated in 4 to 6 hours, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Serious allergic reactions (swelling, trouble breathing)
  • Injuries such as large and complex cuts or wounds, open or severe bone fractures, ingesting poison, serious burns
  • Sudden neurologic concerns such as changes in mental status (child is hard to wake up or is confused when you wake them up), seizures, high fevers with headache and a stiff neck, sudden changes in the ability to speak, see, walk or move
  • Safety concerns and thoughts of harming themselves or others

Immediate Care Services

For non-emergencies and illnesses that are not life-threatening, we offer Immediate Care services at our Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park and Outpatient Center in Northbrook. These services are available at select times each day of the year, including holidays.

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Emergency Department Visits During COVID-19

We urge families to seek medical attention for their child by first contacting your primary care physician or pediatrician. If you do not have a primary care physician or pediatrician and your child’s injury or illness is worsening, do not delay seeking care.

Our pediatric Emergency Departments (EDs) at our main campus, Central DuPage Hospital and Northwest Community Hospital are distinct facilities from general EDs which may be seeing adult COVID-19 patients. We are taking every precaution to keep our patients, families and staff safe in our hospital. This includes wearing personal protective equipment; screening patients, families and staff for COVID-19 symptoms; and isolating every patient visiting the Ein an exam room upon arrival. 

Emergency Location & Contact Information

Lurie Children's emergency room is located at our main hospital. The address is:

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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The Emergency Care Center is located off of the second floor lobby. It may be accessed in two ways:

  1. From the Reyes Lobby on the second floor.
  2. From the first floor lobby near the Superior Street Entrance. The elevators located by the security desk go directly to the Emergency Care Center.

Driving Directions

Enter the main Lurie Children’s driveway from Chicago Avenue. Drive southbound toward the red Children's Emergency sign. Enter the hospital lobby to the right. The elevators inside, near the security desk, will take you directly to the Emergency Care Center.

Contact Information

If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. To contact the staff in the Emergency Care Center, call 312.227.3800.

Experience

Our Emergency Medicine team includes the expertise of 10 board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists and six fellows (board-certified pediatricians pursuing advanced training in pediatric emergency medicine).

Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD MSCE, is head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Lurie Children’s and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Alpern’s special interests include quality of care, infectious disease, and clinical epidemiology.

The department has had an active pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program since 1993. The program accepts three fellows per year and is a three-year program, following the American Board of Pediatrics model.

Meet the Team

Research

Our physician-scientists conduct studies on an ongoing basis, with a special focus on simulation-based research through our kidSTAR Medical Education Program.

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500