November 11, 2021

Transition is part of a larger, long-term project to integrate services on a centralized hospital campus  

MU Health Care’s pediatric emergency team at Women’s and Children’s Hospital will relocate to University Hospital on Nov. 16 to offer the same expert care in a new and expanded kid-friendly space.

Beginning Nov. 16, pediatric patients requiring emergency care should visit the Children’s Emergency Room located at University Hospital. Upon arrival, parking is offered in the parking lot in front of the Emergency entrance.

“Pediatric patients can expect the same high level of care from mid-Missouri’s only pediatric emergency team with doctors and nurses specially trained to care for kids,” said Matthew Robinson, an emergency physician and leader of the Emergency Medicine team at MU Health Care.

The new location will have the same kid-friendly services as the previous location on Keene Street, including child life services and a facility dog. Additionally, the new space will be solely dedicated to children with kid-specific care teams, equipment and décor.

The move is one of the first steps toward creating a centralized hospital campus. The health system broke ground in October on a new tower to house its Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center, which are scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2024 on the main MU Health Care campus.

At this time, only pediatric services are moving from Women’s and Children’s Hospital. These services include Pediatric Emergency Services, the Pediatric Inpatient Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Procedure Suites (CHPS) and the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit (CBCU). All other services at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, such as obstetrics and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), will remain in place at the renamed Women’s Hospital during the transition. Those services will relocate when the new tower opens.

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