SPRINGFIELD, Mo. â€” The emergency room can be scary for anyone, especially for a child.
Mercy Hospital in Springfield is hoping to ease that fear for kids who need emergency care.
Hospital officials broke ground today on the â€˜Mercy Kids Emergency Room.â€™
The new ER will give kids and families a child-friendly space staffed with pediatric specialists, who know what kind of care kids need.
It will be incorporated into Mercyâ€™s current ER.
John Burson is the vice president of women and childrenâ€™s services.
He explains why this new ER is so important for kids.
â€œSo thereâ€™ll be just children and their families there, thereâ€™ll be less commotion, less other people. Sometimes adults are scary to kids, in particular, some adult diseases can appear scary and disheartening for children to see. So this way theyâ€™re separated, a little more isolated from the rest of that general population.â€
The 7.5 million dollar project is possible, thanks to hospital donors.
Burson tells us this is the first pediatric emergency department in southwest Missouri.
Itâ€™s expected to be open in about a year and a half.