We Are Compassionate And Child-Friendly

Experts at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provide comprehensive, compassionate emergency care to more than 30,000 children and families each year.

At YNHCH, parent and child are at the heart of all we do. As a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art, nationally recognized Level I trauma center, we're always on call to provide the highest quality care to families in need. Our pediatric emergency department, operating rooms and intensive care units are staffed 24/7 by a team of highly skilled, compassionate physicians, including Karen Santucci, MD; as well as surgeons and nurses experienced in treating children and adolescents with a variety of illnesses and injuries.

Age-appropriate Attention

Studies show pediatric patients do best when they receive emergency care designed to meet their unique needs. Our youngest visitors are viewed not as 'little adults,' but rather patients who require age-appropriate equipment and expertise. Every child arriving at YNHCH's emergency department is examined and treated by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses skilled in pediatric care. Full-time pediatricians, each with special training in pediatric emergency medicine, oversee patient care. Consultants in a wide range of pediatric subspecialties are also on call 24 hours a day.

A Passion for Pediatrics

YNHCH was the first certified pediatric level I trauma center in Connecticut. This accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a testament to our passion for delivering the highest quality care to children and adolescents, recognizing our expertise in managing acute injury to a child, from routine fractures to life-threatening trauma. It also acknowledges our leadership role in raising public awareness about preventing common injuries among children, mandating continuing education for our trauma team and pioneering developments in pediatric trauma care. Most importantly, research shows that children who receive emergency care from a trauma center specializing in pediatrics—like YNHCH—have significantly better outcomes.

Especially for Children

YNHCH offers many specialized emergency services to provide children and families quick, easy access to the care and services they need when they need it most:

  • Fully equipped & staffed pediatric emergency department
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Toxicology expertise
  • Sexual assault nurse examiners
  • Forensic expertise

Pediatric Emergency Services

YNHCH offers comprehensive, compassionate emergency care designed to meet the specific needs of children and families.