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Caring for children with severe injuries

We're the largest Level I pediatric trauma center in New York verified by the American College of Surgeons. Our highly trained multidisciplinary team coordinates the complex care of children who have experienced severe and life-threatening injuries.

About us

Each year, millions of children sustain serious or even life-threatening injuries due to falls, automobile collisions, playground mishaps and other accidents. When these traumatic injuries happen, response time is critical. Every moment counts. If you ask any parent who has been through the experience of a child who has suffered a traumatic injury, they will tell you there’s nothing more upsetting or stressful.

Providing care for seriously injured children requires a highly specialized staff of professionals with years of experience working as a team. Together they must demonstrate the ability to perform under extreme pressure, all while establishing a rapport with the children, maintaining a gentle touch and staying in communication with family members.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in New York state. Utilizing a highly trained multidisciplinary team, we coordinate the complex care of children who have experienced severe and life-threatening injuries. Our trauma team works quickly to evaluate and stabilize these children in collaboration with:

  • Pediatric emergency medicine physicians
  • Pediatric orthopaedists
  • Pediatric critical care physicians
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric radiologists
  • Pediatric nurses
  • Emergency room clinicians

If you think your child has sustained a serious head injury from a fall or blunt force trauma, please call 911 immediately (especially if your child is under 1 year old).

What we treat

The dedicated health professionals at the Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center are deeply committed to excellence in the care of seriously injured children and have devoted their professional lives to advanced, state-of-the-art trauma care. Their goal is to stabilize and heal your child’s injuries as quickly as possible. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Traumatic head injury
  • Injury from automobile collisions
  • Injury due to falls
  • Home accident injuries
  • Sports or playground injuries
  • Drowning
  • Poisoning

Our trauma center team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center was established in 1996 to meet the needs of critically injured children. The New York State Department of Health designated the center as the first regional pediatric trauma center in the entire downstate/Long Island region. It is one of only three such centers to receive this designation in the entire state of New York. We consider this an honor and remain dedicated to setting the highest standards for pediatric trauma care in New York.

What to expect

When the pediatric emergency department is notified that an injured child is about to arrive, the in-house pediatric trauma team is activated through a group page. The team, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, consists of a chief resident in surgery, an attending anesthesiologist, a respiratory therapist, a junior surgical resident, a pediatric critical care fellow, pediatric ICU nurse and a board-certified attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine. Specially trained pediatric emergency department nurses are also an integral part of the team.

All care is supervised by board-certified pediatric surgeons. Management and treatment of the injured child is done in two specially equipped pediatric resuscitation rooms in the Emergency Department. The pediatric trauma team is supplemented by a broad range of services including specialists in pediatric orthopaedics, radiology, neurosurgery, urology, vascular surgery, ENT, OMF, and plastic surgery. Physician members of the team are required to take training in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Nurses are required to take the Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum Course (TNCC) in addition to PALS.

Medical transport from outlying hospitals

Many injured children are transported to our regional pediatric trauma center after having been initially stabilized at a local community hospital. Cohen Children's Medical Center, with the cooperation of our Center for Emergency Medical Services, operates a fleet of modern, specially equipped ambulances that transport injured children from other hospitals to Cohen Children’s Medical Center when specialized care is necessary. Critical care nurses and paramedics continue stabilization of the young patients during the transport.  

Pediatric trauma transport phone number: (516) 719-KIDS

If your child is brought to our facility with an injury, please check in at our Emergency Department as soon as you arrive. Tell them who you are and that you were told your child was brought here with an injury. We will get you in to see your child as quickly as we can and do our best to make the experience as easy as possible for you. We know how difficult this can be. We have social workers in the Emergency Department who can help with any difficulties that come up along the way.

Safe Kids Coalition

The Pediatric Trauma Center proudly partners with New York state’s Safe Kids Coalition. Safe Kids is dedicated to injury prevention and improving care for injured children, and provides educational initiatives that help make New York a safer place for kids.

The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center understands that children’s responses to traumatic injury are very different from adults. Children do not always have the ability to communicate symptoms or clearly state what they are feeling. They may be frightened and confused. It takes an experienced team to recognize symptoms and put children at ease. These situations are best identified and managed by pediatric specialists who care for injured children on a daily basis. 


Jose M. Prince, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery
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