PEM Mission Statement
“We will lead pediatric emergency care by driving improvement through the integration of quality, advocacy, education and research. We will relentlessly adapt and improve our care based upon science.”

Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center was founded as Children’s Free Hospital in 1886 and is the third oldest hospital in the nation. We are proud of the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics was founded in Detroit. CHM serves as a major referral center in southeastern Michigan. We offer residency and fellowship opportunities in most pediatric subspecialties. We are fortunate to see a broad range of pathology as well as provide primary care to thousands of children in the region. CHM has a state-of-the-art facility that is child friendly. Working in a hospital that is dedicated to the care of children, you will find all of the physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff knowledgeable and comfortable in working with children, from child-sized equipment to a team of specialists that are trained to minimize the anxiety and stress of our young patients.

The ED at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of the busiest in the World. We are a level-1 pediatric trauma center, a regional burn and poison control center. We care for over 100,000 sick and injured children annually who have diverse ethnicity and pathology. The ED provides care to a complete spectrum of children with medical, mental health and surgical conditions as well as traumatic injuries.

We aim to provide the highest quality medical care to the children and families that we serve. Our academic faculty group consists of over 60 pediatric emergency physicians, pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. We also have one of the largest, most competitive pediatric emergency medicine fellowships in the United States. Our Emergency Department is supported by a full complement of pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialties as well as ancillary services such as child life, child-friendly imaging services and a pediatric sedation service.

2021 Annual Division Goals
1. To Improve the Quality of Care we Provide to our Critically Ill Patients
2. To Lead PEM Education in the State of Michigan
3. To Improve our Divisions Academic Infrastructure and Productivity, Which Will Drive Improvement in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan at Troy opened February 1st, 2016. ED at Troy is staffed by pediatric emergency medicine experts from the main ED in Detroit. Because of this seamless structure, children in Troy will enjoy the same high quality of care as those at the main hospital. Quality is ensured by using the same evidence-based care protocols and patient safety initiatives. Additionally, care in Troy will be provided in an ultra-efficient style, using LEAN methodology. This process was developed by Toyota to ensure high quality and limit waste, which are vital in healthcare. Actually, the entire Children’s Hospital of Michigan at Troy building was constructed using LEAN methodology.

Providing the best care possible in the emergency setting is essential, as it can directly and rapidly impact the care of our children. We are leaders in quality. We have a robust quality committee in the Division of Emergency Medicine that develops evidence based care protocols, drives process changes, and looks for systems issues when reviewing the care that we provide. We also lead quality at Children’s Hospital. One of our faculty, Dr. Rajan Arora, is the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program, and his is responsible for teaching dozens of students each year to include key aspects of quality into their practice. We also lead quality outside of our walls. Dr. Kelly Levasseur is the Chair of the Committee of Quality Transformation for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine.

We aim to provide the best evidence-based care to our children. Care is driven by discovery. We have dozens of active research projects in the Division of Emergency Medicine. We are one of only a few Children’s Emergency Departments to be awarded a NIH grant, and we have happily been granted 2! Dr. Usha Sethuraman was awarded NIH funding because of her great work on COVID, and she is now searching for risk factors for severe disease.

The faculty of the Emergency Department at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan strive for excellence and are seeking opportunities to work with our community to grow, collaborate and innovate. Please reach out to us if you have ideas or are interested in collaborating.