Children's Emergency Care now open for patients

January 03, 2018

Anchorage, Alaska – Children’s Emergency Care, a new emergency treatment space for children, opened for patients on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center Emergency Department.  

Children’s Emergency Care is staffed by physicians and nurses with the experience to handle any type of pediatric emergency. The new space includes 13 private treatment rooms designed to provide a comforting environment for children and their families. 

“A child-friendly dedicated space can reduce anxiety for children and curtail stress parents feel when visiting an emergency room,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., pediatric emergency physician, Children’s Emergency Care. “Children can receive treatment by clinicians with the experience to meet the unique physiological, developmental and emotional needs of pediatric patients.” 

Other features include: 

  • Children’s Emergency Care will function in continuity with The Children’s Hospital at Providence, Alaska’s only children’s hospital. The Children’s Hospital at Providence provides treatment for the full continuum of pediatric inpatient care, including intensive care services, medical or surgical problems, and cancer care. 
  • As a Pediatric Level II Trauma Center, Providence is able to meet the unique needs of children experiencing trauma. Pediatric trauma patients tend to have better outcomes when cared for in a designated pediatric setting. 
  • Children’s Emergency Care will have a dedicated full-time child life specialist on staff, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Child life specialists help children and parents understand and cope with illnesses and injuries to reduce the anxiety of hospital visits. 

To learn more about Children's Emergency Care, visit our website


About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit:

About The Children’s Hospital at Providence
Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Center. The 146-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and provides pediatric subspecialty services in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska. For more information about the Children’s Hospital, visit: