About the Dan Dierdorf Emergency & Trauma Center:
The Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital was the first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the region. The Center employs dedicated and highly-skilled staff who can handle any type of emergency, any time of day, seven days a week.
The skilled emergency medicine physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon treat a multitude of conditions, from sports injuries and asthma attacks to severe traumas and seizures. In addition, our Level I designation enables us to utilize every resource available when caring for our young patients, including trauma surgeons, pediatric specialists, a dedicated trauma operating room and imaging facilities equipped with the latest technology.
Because of You…
Since the event’s inception, funds raised at the Dierdorf-Pronger Golf Classic have supported the patients and families who receive care in the Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Infants and children come to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon from all over the region. When minutes matter, they arrive with the help of our dedicated Transport Team, a group of highly-skilled paramedics, nurses and respiratory therapists who have advanced training in the safe care and transport of babies and children. The Transport Team serves hospitals in 120 counties in Missouri and Illinois and is available 24 hours a day via ambulance or helicopter.
The Dan Dierdorf Emergency & Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon houses four large trauma bays, each which contains a full complement of equipment necessary to assist caregivers in the event of a trauma. For ease of access to all staff, this equipment is held in one unit that includes monitors, defibrillators, oxygen and suction and also manages cords so that the floor is clear. The current units were purchased in 2003 and in need of an upgrade. Your support will allow upgrades to this vital equipment.
Your support has also enabled us to further expand our mission within the region with the purchase of a fleet of Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs). In contrast to a traditional ambulance, a MICU is a true critical-care vehicle, equipped with the latest technology and safety features, as well as room for multiple stretchers or isolettes. In the case of a life-threatening illness or injury, a child can be stabilized in the MICU and then directly admitted to the hospital. This not only enables the child to receive lifesaving care faster, but reduces stress on the patient and family by avoiding a stop in the Emergency Department.
Future goals and needs of the department include:
- Staff education on a variety of topics, including the proper care of children with autism in the emergency room setting
- Ongoing technology updates
- Continued injury and violence prevention efforts, including education and advocacy on a variety of issues
Thanks to you, we continue to set the standard for the highest level of care for children and families when they are at their most vulnerable.