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Dr. Landon Jones explains why the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center is so important for kids across Kentucky

Dr. Landon Jones

/ by UK HealthCare

The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center is one of the only dedicated children’s emergency centers in the state and the only one serving Central and Eastern Kentucky – and it’s also been verified as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

Children are not small adults, and we provide specialists and equipment designed to care for their unique needs. The center is also a place where kids and parents feel welcome and safe through creative art and interactive features designed to capture a child’s imagination and help ease anxiety. 

We recently sat down with Dr. Landon Jones, Medical Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, about what makes the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center such a unique, special place for Kentucky’s kids. Watch our full interview at the bottom of the page.

What is so special about the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center?

First and foremost, it’s is our pediatric trained specialty staff, including physicians, nurses, and all of the consulting services. All of the “other” people that we may talk with while you're here in the hospital – they're all pediatric trained. 

How else does your team meet the specific needs of children and their families?

One of the really, really cool things we have is our child life specialists. They are here to help your child get through this process and offer expectations and really explain what's going to happen. And this is what's probably going to happen. This just helps with expectations and helps make everyone, not only the child's experience, but also the parents' experience that much better. 

What other pediatric-specific protocols are in place?

We do have specialized CT imaging protocol. If your child ever needs any kind of CAT scan like a CT, then we have protocols. We give them the very lowest amount of radiation to protect them as best we can. 

I trust any and all of my colleagues and all of our staff and our teams to take care of my little kiddos. If I had any kind of issues, this is the place that I would go.

Watch our full interview with Dr. Jones.

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