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|Late Summer 2003|
|In an Emergency—Fish! |
Mathew Viens, Fairfield
Fish are probably not the first thing you think of when your daughter falls
off her bike and needs stitches—but fish may be the memory she takes
away from her visit to The Children’s Emergency Center at Bridgeport
That’s because the Center has relocated to larger, sunnier, fishier
quarters, creating a place that’s more fun and less frightening for
children who need emergency care. The finny wall décor was created
by area school children under the direction of Trumbull artist Monica Tujak-Weiss,
and the walls and curtains of the exam rooms have been brightened up with
bold, happy colors. A new waiting and play area includes an aquarium, of course—just
right for the maritime theme.
The care provided here has not changed, however. The Children’s Emergency
Center at Bridgeport Hospital still offers specialized care from 4 p.m. to
midnight, seven days a week, in a private, child-friendly area. "The
presence of pediatric nurses who are attuned to the special needs of children
and their families is a major plus," says Michael Werdmann, MD, chairman
of the Emergency Department and the Center’s medical director.
The goal is not only to provide the best of care for the child, but also
to make the experience as positive as possible. "Coming to the hospital
with a sick child can be very stressful," says Peggy Parniawski, RN,
nurse manager of the Emergency Department. "Our nurses are specialty
trained in pediatrics and provide a wealth of information to patients and
So when your four-year-old needs stitches after a run-in with his best friend’s
dump truck, think, Fish!
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