Our emergency rooms across southern Denver work in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to provide specialized medical care for patients up to the age of 18. As a Rocky Mountain children's hospital affiliate, we provide pediatric ER care at all of our locations, including the Swedish Medical Center main campus ER, Belmar ER and Southwest ER. You can be assured that by choosing any of Swedish's three pediatric ER facilities, your child will be receiving the highest level of care at a top tier children's medical center Denver has to offer to its communities.

Children require special care during emergency situations. Each of our facilities is equipped to treat pediatric patients while providing compassionate care. Our goal is to make each child feel comfortable in what could be a scary situation.

Don't wait! Our wait times are often less than 30 minutes. Check the bar above for an up-to-the-minute ER wait time estimate.

Pediatric hospital features and amenities

At the main campus Swedish ER, the pediatric emergency room features five treatment rooms set apart from our adult rooms that are staffed by a pediatrician as well as a dedicated emergency department certified nurse and technician. All of our pediatric ER doctors are double board-certified in both pediatrics and emergency medicine.

Should your child need to be hospitalized, Swedish has a dedicated, full-service 24-hour pediatric emergency and immediate care center open seven days a week. Our pediatric unit accommodates eleven beds for children and our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) contains six beds dedicated for children in need of intensive care.

As a Level I trauma center, Swedish also is prepared to care for the most serious injuries and maintains specially equipped trauma rooms for pediatric patients.

In addition, both satellite Swedish ERs at Belmar and Southwest have specified children's emergency room beds and physicians available.

A Rocky Mountain Hospital affiliate

When your child needs medical attention after hours, we are here to help, and we are located right here in your neighborhood! The Swedish pediatric emergency room facilities are a part of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children System of Pediatric Care. At Swedish, children are treated by experienced board-certified emergency physicians as well as nurses specially trained in pediatric care.

Each Swedish ER is an "ouchless ER." Our pediatric specialists pride themselves on delivering compassionate care for every child that comes to our facility while coordinating and concentrating on creating a comfortable environment for kids and their parents to reduce pain and relieve anxiety as much as possible. Our pediatric doctors and nurses are capable of performing pain-free IV starts, and when necessary, are highly qualified and experienced with tools for sedation to provide relaxation and comfort for patients.

If your child requires further care, he/she will be transferred to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, giving your child access to the widest spectrum of pediatric specialty care in Denver.

Should I take my child to the ER?

Is your child's illness or injury worthy of a visit to the pediatrician in the morning, a trip to urgent care or should you seek care at an emergency room? You may be thinking, "am I overlooking something serious by not taking my child to the ER?" or "am I overreacting?" Let us help you decide; we typically treat kids with symptoms such as :

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Head injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High fevers

After reviewing our online resources and you feel that immediate care is not required at this time for your child, below we have attached Over the Counter medication dosing charts for kids. For your convenience, we have provided pdfs in both English and Spanish.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the various services and amenities offered at any of the Swedish children's emergency room facilities, feel free to reach to us for more information. You can reach the Swedish pediatric unit by calling303-788-6505 and the pediatric intensive care unit by calling303-788-7428 (PICU).