Our facility is family-centered, meaning our medical providers and family members work together as partners to provide the best possible care for your child. We encourage you to stay with your child in our kid-friendly treatment rooms which are equipped with advanced medical equipment sized to fit children from infancy to young adulthood, iPads, DVD players and more.
Should your child need to be admitted into the hospital for specialized care, our pediatric inpatient unit is just footsteps away. For those patients in need of critical care, we have a streamlined process for stabilizing and transporting children to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The Inova Loudoun team includes board certified pediatric emergency physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pediatric nurses certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Excellence in Emergency Care
In 2016, our Children's Emergency Room was one of a handful of emergency departments nationwide to receive a prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) in recognition of our exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.
Children's ER at Inova Loudoun: Highlights & Features
- Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Sensory friendly medical care
- Staffed by board certified pediatric emergency physicians, pediatricians, and pediatric nurses certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- State-of-the-art medical equipment sized to fit babies to adults
- Kid-friendly treatment and waiting rooms equipped with iPads, family videos, games, books, toys, slushies and more
- Inova Child Life Program
- Jeremiah – our loveable, full-time facility dog
- Beamer Book Series: Children ages 2-10 receive a copy of the Beamer book titled Beamer Visits the Emergency Room
- Families stay together. If siblings, or multiple family members, are admitted in Inova Loudoun Hospital's emergency care, whenever possible families are kept together in the same area in the Children's Emergency Department.
Take a virtual tour
At Inova Loudoun Hospital, we know that little differences can make a big difference in your child's care. That's why we have a team of Child Life Specialists and a full-time facility dog on staff.
Inova Child Life Specialists are trained professionals dedicated to easing children’s stress and anxieties during a hospital stay or outpatient procedure.
Educated in child development and family systems, Child Life Specialists promote effective coping through play, procedural preparation, education, and self-expressing activities. They provide emotional support for families and encourage optimal development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences–particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization.
Jeremiah is Inova Loudoun Hospital’s loveable full-time facility dog and an integral part of our Child Life team. His job is to make our pediatric patients smile while in the hospital. He works about 40 hours per week and has made an incredibly positive impact on all of our pediatric patients, but he’s especially great with our special needs patients.
When visiting Inova Loudoun Hospital with a child, ask to speak with one of our on-site Child Life Specialists.
Autism and Special Sensory Needs in the ER: "Sensory Friendly Program"
Does Your Child Have Special Sensory Needs? Visiting an Emergency Room is often challenging for kids, but for those with a sensory processing disorder (SPD) – such as autism – we know that the experience can be particularly difficult. That's why the Children's ER at Inova Loudoun Hospital developed our sensory-friendly program.
In partnership with the Paxton Campus, George Washington University, and our Outpatient Specialty Rehabilitation Center, we've designed a comprehensive sensory-friendly training program for our emergency room staff. We've also implemented new protocols and physical modifications to our department in an effort to significantly reduce sensory problems for our children and their families.
Our rooms are equipped with dimmed lighting and soft music; unnecessary medical equipment is removed from the child's sight; and sensory-friendly items like weighted blankets, iPads, fidget toys and story boards are readily available for families.
In an effort to better communicate with your child, we ask that parents/guardians complete a parental intake form at check-in outlining the child's preferred communication style, motivators, stressors, and sensory challenges.
Sensory Friendly Program: Prepare for your visit in advance
EXISTING PEDIATRIC PATIENTS: If your child is an existing patient of the Inova Health System and has special sensory needs, you may fill in the online Parental Intake Form in advance. Please allow one week for your child's information to be uploaded into our system. We also ask that you update this form yearly as your child grows.
NEW PEDIATRIC PATIENTS: New patients to Inova Health System and those wanting to prepare in advance for a same-day visit may download and fill out the Parental Intake form ahead of time: Print our Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder Assessment Form
Please complete the form and bring it with you at check-in.