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Emergency Services

When your child is very ill or seriously injured, every second feels like an hour as you race to get the best care possible. And the best care for kids is closer than you think.

SSM Cardinal Glennon pediatric emergency and critical care experts are available 24 hours a day to treat your child—no matter how serious and no matter where you live. We only care for kids. We know children best, and we’re prepared for any injury or illness your child may experience.


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Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

The Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center was the first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Missouri. We provide critically ill and injured children the best chance at recovery because we have every expert on staff 24/7.

An expansion project in 2003 doubled the size of the center, allowing more and larger examination and trauma care rooms.

Specialized Care

Nearly 41,000 children visit the Emergency Department each year for all types of emergency and non-emergency procedures, ranging from sprains and asthma attacks to serious injuries that may occur during car accidents. But treating a child is not like treating a small adult. Children have very special physical, developmental, pharmacological and psychological needs in times of trauma. And the families of children need specialized understanding and education as well.
Since we work exclusively with children’s health emergencies, you can rest assured that no other health center is more qualified to care for children in crisis than SSM Cardinal Glennon.

Plus, our exclusive “ER Quick” registration process means that every effort is made to minimize time spent waiting to be seen.

Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Team

SSM Cardinal Glennon recruits and trains emergency medicine specialists through the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Our doctors and many of our nurses have an average of 20 years experience in pediatric emergency care.

The multidisciplinary trauma team is ready to begin life-saving care as soon as we receive a call. This “stat” team includes emergency medicine physicians, pediatric surgeons, emergency and critical care pediatric nurses, a pediatric respiratory therapist, pediatric pharmacist, radiology and laboratory technicians and pastoral care representatives.

All of our Emergency Department physicians and nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Support (PACTS) for Life. PACTS was developed by a Glennon emergency room physician who is a faculty member of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. This program is unique to Cardinal Glennon.

Transport Team

In some cases, critically ill or injured children are brought to the 

cardinal glennon ambulance brings criticallly ill infants and injured children to its level 1 pediatric trauma center

Emergency Department by the SSM Cardinal Glennon Transport Team. This team includes nurses and respiratory therapists specially trained to handle emergency transport situations and are available around the clock.

We also have our very own transport ambulance and helicopter, which has been dubbed "Cardinal Glennon Air." This ensures we get our most critical patients the care they need as quickly as possible. Our transport team also travels by fixed-wing airplane or jet to bring children to the Level 1 Trauma Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon.

Cardinal Glennon emergency care is close to home

The main campus isn’t the only place to find the best pediatric emergency expertise. Our specially trained pediatric emergency doctors are conveniently located at hospitals throughout the St. Louis metro area, so your child can receive the best care whenever they might need it. Plus, taking your child to one of these locations is an immediate connection to our Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Find one of our close-to-home locations near you.


Meet the Team

  Robert Flood, MD, Director   Hemina Bailey, MD
  Rachel Charney, MD   Ann DiMaio-Ricci, MD
  Faye Doerhoff, MD   James Gerard, MD
  Steven Laffey, MD   Albert Nakanishi, MD
  John Peter, MD   Anthony Scalzo, MD
  Teresa Schiff, MD   Trevor Tredway, MD
  Danette Kurtzeborn, Secretary    


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