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Pediatric Emergency Department

In 1996, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital opened Montgomery County’s first full-service emergency department just for kids. Today, the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department (ED), which is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, provides care to approximately 21,000 local children each year.

Emergency Care Just for Kids

Children are physically and emotionally different and they tend to face different emergency conditions and injuries. In the Pediatric Emergency Department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, our board certified staff is trained in both emergency care and pediatrics. This means that when local children have medical emergencies, our team provides specialized care for these young members of our community.

The staff of Shady Grove’s Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) includes board certified pediatric emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric nurses and medical technicians. The Pediatric ED is also supported by pediatric medical and surgical specialists, including surgeons, radiologists, and anesthesiologists.

Most Common Reasons Kids Visit Our Emergency Department

From broken bones and asthma attacks, to illnesses and viruses, the experts at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital treat thousands of minor and major medical emergencies each year, in a special kid-sized place. While we see children for a wide range of medical emergencies and illnesses, there are some common reasons why children end up in our care. Here are the most common reasons local families come to the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Pediatric ED for care:


Fevers can be caused by a wide range of illnesses, infections and other conditions such as an ear infection.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be caused by many illnesses and conditions and may include vomiting.

Breathing Problems

Breathing problems such as asthma, croup, cough, wheezing or pneumonia are all common reasons for children to receive emergency medical care.


Trauma can include head injuries and concussions; broken, sprained or bruised bones; and lacerations, wounds and burns.

Newborn Issues

When a newborn baby experiences a health issue it can be a frightening situation for the parents. At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, our Pediatric ED commonly sees newborns for a wide range of issues that include:

Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center at Germantown

In 2006, The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center at Germantown opened on Route 118, just west of I-270 and across from the Germantown Town Center. In 2011, more than 13,000 children were treated at the center.

The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown is staffed by the same team of board certified emergency physicians that work at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s main Emergency Department as well as about 30 specially trained nurses and staff.

Advanced technology allows the Emergency Center to be closely linked with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. For example, the hospital’s new Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), which provides digital x-ray images, allows doctors at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital to review images from patients at the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center.

Pediatric Wishes

A small gift can make a BIG impact all year long! By shopping our Pediatrics Wish List you can put smiles on the faces of our smallest patients.

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