Pediatric Emergency Care

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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.


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.

Meet the Team

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

Find out what to expect during your visit

Immediate Care Services

For non-emergencies and illnesses that are not life-threatening, we offer in-person and virtual Immediate Care services. 

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Emergency Department Location & Contact Information

Lurie Children's emergency room is located at our main hospital and open 24 hours a day. 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 312.227.4000.

Pediatric Emergency Department at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

The pediatric Emergency Department at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians from Lurie Children's and open daily from 9 a.m.-1 a.m. 

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Tests & Treatments

Emergency Medicine Leadership Team

Jill Deferville, MBA, BSN, RN, CPN
Director, Emergency Services

Dusty Brinson, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CPEN, CPN, CEN
Manager, Patient Care Operations

James Scalissi, MSN, RN
Manager, Patient Care Operations

Rachel Schultz, RN, BSN, CPEN, CPN
Manager, Patient Care Operations

Kimberly Denicolo, MSN, RN, CNL, CPEN
Clinical Quality Coordinator

Patrick Hebert, MBA
Sr. Performance Improvement Consultant

Aleksandra “Ola” Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CPN, CHSE
Nursing Professional Development Practitioner

Lauren Mrozek, MSN, RN, CPN, CEN
Nursing Professional Development Associate

Mary Otting, BSN, RN, CEN
EMS Coordinator

Patricia Aquino, BSN, RN
Trauma Coordinator

Karen Allen, MSN,RN
Trauma Registrar Registered Nurse


Emergency medicine-focused research at Lurie Children’s is conducted through the Grainger Research Program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Our physician-scientists conduct studies on an ongoing basis focusing on the health of ill and injured children


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 or call 312.227.7500