Family-centered emergency department provides specialized care for patients
up to age 18
JUPITER, FL (May 1, 2019)—Plans are underway to open the new Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency
Department at Jupiter Medical Center on Friday, May 3. Located adjacent
to the hospital’s existing emergency department, the new pediatric
ED brings specialized pediatric emergency care closer to home for residents
of Jupiter and the surrounding communities.
The hospital celebrated the opening of the Mastroianni Family Pediatric
Emergency Department Tuesday, April 30, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting,
tours of the building, and a reception with philanthropic supporters,
administrators and clinical team members. The 6,300-square-foot facility
is designed to foster a sense of calm for children and their families.
- Dedicated family waiting and play areas with child-sized furniture, games
and an interactive play area—all designed to reduce the anxiety
of being in the emergency room.
- Eight treatment rooms, each of which features child-sized exam and diagnostic
equipment, as well as televisions and a mobile game system to help children
feel more comfortable and at ease.
- Two triage rooms where pediatric nurses assess patients upon their arrival
by evaluating their condition, symptoms and vital signs with the goal
of expediting their care and reducing overall wait times.
- An orthopedic room to fast-track the treatment of children with broken
bones or other orthopedic complaints.
- Medical equipment designed specifically for pediatric patients.
The Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department, which provides care
for patients up to 18 years of age, operates 24 hours, 7 days a week with
a team of physicians staffed by Envision Physician Services and Jupiter
Medical Center nurses and paramedics trained in pediatrics. Additional
staffing includes a child life specialist whose job includes using play
therapy and other techniques to ease anxiety, while helping children understand
their medical condition and the care they are receiving. Should the need
arise, patients can receive consultations with pediatric specialists in
general surgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiology, otolaryngology
(ear, nose and throat), and other areas of specialization.
The new emergency department is made possible through a generous gift of
$3 million from the Mastroianni Family Foundation. Members of the Mastroianni
family were on hand for the ribbon-cutting and ceremony, including Nick
and his children Nicholas III, Anthony and Audrey, along with their spouses
and children—including their latest addition, Nicholas Mastroianni
IV, born to Nicholas and Jessica earlier this month.
“Jupiter is a special place to me and to my family—this hospital
is where all my children’s lives have begun. It is truly a gift
to work alongside the talented and profoundly dedicated teams at Jupiter
Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on our joint mission
to enhance the lives of children in our community,” said Nicholas
A. Mastroianni III, co-founder of the Mastroianni Family Foundation.
“We are grateful to the Mastroianni family for supporting our mission
to provide high quality pediatric emergency care in a comfortable environment
for children and their families,” said Liv Vesely, president of
Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.
“Since opening the De George Pediatric Unit in 2016, Jupiter Medical
Center has experienced a 30 percent increase in pediatric emergency visits
and until now these patients received care in the same space as our adult
patients,” said Steven Seeley, interim co-CEO of Jupiter Medical Center.
Patients who visit the
Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department will benefit from Jupiter Medical Center’s ongoing partnership
with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, a trusted leader in pediatric
care in South Florida for nearly 70 years. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
continues to share best practices, policies and procedures developed and
continuously enhanced over decades of providing care for children and
their families. Experts from both institutions are collaborating to provide
world-class pediatric emergency care.
“The opening of the new ED marks an important milestone in our collaboration
with Jupiter Medical Center,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Nicklaus
Children’s Health System. “We are pleased to work together
with Jupiter Medical Center to benefit the children and families of Palm
Beach County—sharing Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s
nearly 70-year legacy of excellence in pediatrics.”
The emergency department is equipped with a state-of-the-art Mindray patient
monitoring system that digitally communicates with the hospital’s
electronic medical record. If necessary, patients can be seamlessly admitted
to the hospital’s De George Pediatric Unit for inpatient care, which
is also operated in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Child-size remote controlled cars are available to make the transfers
to the pediatric unit more comfortable and as pleasant as possible.
“We have made extraordinary progress in expanding the pediatric services
we are able to provide, and we are just getting started,” said Joanne
Miller, interim co-CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “Later this year,
we will open the Level II De George Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Having the pediatric emergency department along with a NICU close to home
will give parents in our community much-needed peace of mind.”
For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2200 or visit
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private
acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation
and hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore
the community’s health and wellness. As the region’s first
and only hospital to earn 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services, Jupiter Medical Center ranks in the nation’s top seven
percent of hospitals. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships
and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center
to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in
cardiology, neurosciences & stroke care, oncology, imaging, orthopedics
& spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung
& thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s
health. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,680
team members, 650 physicians and 640 volunteers. For more information
on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2200 or visit