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Pediatric ER

Pediatric ER at Walton Beach

Our Pediatric ER, which opened in April 2010, is the only one of its kind in the tri-county area including Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. In order to better meet the needs of our youngest patients, the pediatric ER is a separate emergency room open 24/7 that is dedicated solely to treating the emergency healthcare needs of infants, children and teens.

In addition to the board-certified pediatricians, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers:

  • Pediatric triage
  • Pediatric-friendly rooms
  • Pediatric-friendly beds
  • Specailly trained emergency staff

Personalized pediatric care, designed for kids

FWBMC’s director of emergency services, Wes Boles, RN, says children need specialized care, especially during an emergency. “No hospital in the area has this level of care and this level of commitment to making our patients feel comfortable.”

To provide a child-friendly environment, we partnered with the Gulfarium and its staff of artists, to provide an ocean environment of vibrant sea creatures. Each of the ER treatment areas has a theme supported by dolphins, sea lions, sea horses, turtles, puffer fish, eels and crabs.

All our pediatric ER staff are trained to meet the physical and emotional needs of children, ensuring that your child experiences the bedside manner you would want from a healthcare provider.

Pediatric care in the hospital

When our young patients require hospitalization, they are in good hands. We have the only local ICU for babies and a full-service inpatient pediatric unit.

The level II neonatal intensive care unit has 10 beds and provides for the special needs of moderately ill newborns.

Our pediatric unit includes six beds. We have board-certified pediatricians, highly skilled nurses and specific equipment designed for children. Our hospital also offer consultation and coordination with subspecialists and other healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of care.

To speak with a registered nurse about your health questions or for a free physician referral, please call Consult-A-Nurse at (850) 864-0213.