The Children's Emergency Room in the new Children's Hospital tower on the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus is now open, providing 24/7 care as the region's only emergency department just for kids.
Lizveth Fierro, MD, is one of the department's pediatric emergency medicine physicians. She was first introduced to emergency medicine after volunteering in a local ER during her premedical classes. Once she started pediatric ER shifts in her emergency medicine residency, she knew it was what she wanted to do. "I felt like I could relate to the children and parents," she says. "I enjoyed counseling parents, spending time with children, and making them feel better and more comfortable despite the medical setting."
Fierro completed medical school at UC Davis and both her residency and fellowship at Loma Linda University. But before pursuing medicine, Fierro was a high school teacher. She now uses her teaching talents as an associate program director for the emergency medicine residency, where she teaches and prepares residents throughout their training.
With most pediatric ERs in southern California located along the coast, Children's Hospital's Children's ER is located inland, acting as the primary source for trauma care covering Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The new space is equipped to meet those needs, no matter the emergency. For example, trauma bays are equipped for treatment and testing with easy access to CT scanners and operating rooms. "We have a brand-new, beautiful pediatric ER with all the state-of-the-art equipment," Fierro says.
She enjoys helping children and their families through difficult times. "When kids and their parents come to the ER, it is usually on the worst of days," Fierro says.
The team she works with is composed of specialized pediatric nurses and technicians, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, social workers and more. "Many of us have worked together for years, and our teamwork and open lines of communication are what makes us special," she says. "We are always working to improve our care as a multidisciplinary team."
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