Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (200)


Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (MFCH) is a dedicated children’s hospital and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and New York State.  We are the only Pediatric Level 1 Trauma center from Manhattan to Syracuse to New Haven, CT providing care for the full spectrum of pediatric traumatic injuries.  Our nursing staff is specialty trained in pediatric emergency care and trauma care.


Our Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed by pediatric physicians who are all board-certified / eligible in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and provide care for emergent conditions, including pediatric trauma, stroke, seizures, brain injury, and other critical conditions requiring immediate medical attention. The Pediatric Trauma Service is led by specially trained and board-certified attending Pediatric Surgeons who deliver the most up-to-date trauma care in the region to approximately 500 patients annually.


MFCH provides care for the full spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical injuries. Modern techniques are used in an individualized, patient-oriented approach. All pediatric neurosurgical care is provided in a multidisciplinary fashion as part of other collaborative programs.


The Orthopedic Surgeons at MFCH have specialized training in caring for all pediatric traumatic orthopedic injuries.  They have all trained at specialized centers, and work collaboratively with all other services.


When our Pediatric patients are admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), here is what to expect. The PICU is an 18-bed unit that takes care of medical and surgical patients who require intensive care, treating all ages from newborn to young adulthood. Our state-of-the-art PICU allows our trauma team to work seamlessly with our Pediatric Intensivists to employ clinical expertise and newer technologies in a compassionate arena where family centered care is delivered.  The breadth of pathology of admitted patients to the PICU includes all possible pediatric injuries and illnesses.

Our PICU attending physician staff is fellowship trained and board-certified/eligible in pediatrics and the sub-specialty of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM). The PICU nursing staff has a 25 year history of pediatric critical care experience, and our dedicated respiratory therapy team has extensive experience dealing with pediatric patients that require respiratory support services.


The mission of the medical caregivers of the PCCM division is to deliver excellent care for critically ill or injured infants, children and adolescents requiring our tertiary/quaternary center – while at the same time supporting families during this intense emotional time.


During you stay at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital you may be visited by a member of Child Life and Creative arts Therapy staff.  Their mission is to help you and your child adjust to and understand hospitalization, illness, injury and treatment.  Our staff are comprised of certified Child Life Specialists, a board-certified Art Therapist, and a board-certified Music Therapist, all of whom are professionals with advanced training in areas related to working with children and families in medical settings. Their collective mission is to provide children and their families facing traumatic and complex healthcare challenges with clinical interventions of Child Life, Art Therapy and Music Therapy services.


As vital members of an advanced healthcare team, we aspire to advocate, respond, and focus on supportive services that address the emotional, social and psychological needs of the individual patient and their family system. Our purpose is to foster understanding and coping, mastery and empowerment by using creative self-expressive mediums and developmentally, supportive therapeutic play opportunities to reduce the stress and anxiety related to illness, injury and hospitalization.

The Pediatric Emergency Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). You have chosen a world-class hospital with an expert and compassionate medical staff. No other hospital in the Hudson Valley or western Connecticut provides the timely, dignified pediatric care available at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.


TSN Coordinator

Sarah Petersen
Email Coordinator

100 Woods Road, Taylor Pavillion Suite L304
Valhalla, New York, 10595

work: 914-493-5529

Community Resources

The Brain Injury Association of America The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. BIAA is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. It has a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups.

The Child Mind Institute The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Child Mind Institute has prepared free trauma resources to aid parents, educators, and other adults in talking to children and adolescents about potentially traumatic events and identifying those who might benefit from more focused professional attention.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created to increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This network provides resources and education about Trauma-Informed Care and how trauma impacts children and families. Telephone: (310) 235-2633

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. The NAGC is a nationwide network to promote best practices, education, and critical resources to support the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families.

The Phoenix Society The Phoenix Society is a strong voice for burn survivors, their families, and their caretakers—advocating that healing is life-long process. They focus on information and resources for families of survivors in recovery.

Amputee Coalition The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Resources and information for children, adults, and families. Toll-Free: 888/267-5669

Brainline Brainline provides education and resources about Brain Injury and PTSD for both adult and pediatric survivors and their families. They focus on treatment and recovery information for moderate to severe TBI symptoms in both adults and children.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Human Trafficking is a crime in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in sex acts or labor services against his/her will. If you, or someone you know, are a victim of Human Trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or visit this website.

Teen Line Call 1-800-852-8336 or Text “TEEN” to 839863 TEEN LINE was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services – was born.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Youth Violence Prevention Resources 1-800-232-4636 TTY: 888-232-6348 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds national research and specializes in health education, resources, and raising awareness. Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. Youth Violence Prevention efforts should aim to reduce factors that place youth at risk for perpetrating violence, and promote factors that protect youth at risk for violence. Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated, and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth.

Child Help 1-800- 4-A-Child (1-800- 422-4453) The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide 1-800-273-8255 The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Family Caregiver Alliance The Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of family and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. It provides support, information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving. These include online support and resources, navigators to help locate support services by state, and the National Center on Caregiving which unites research, policy, and practice to develop cost-effective programs for caregivers. Click the link to find out more about how FCA could help you or your family.

National Center for PTSD The National Center for PTSD offers national resources for trauma survivors and families, which includes information about PTSD, resources such as the PTSD Coach Online, and videos from other survivors and professionals.

Tri-State Advocacy Project 1(877)774-6380 The Tri-State Advocacy Project is composed of advocates who have personally faced the challenges of having a family member with a catastrophic injury. They help families navigate the process of working with health insurance, applying for government benefits, and seeking out other community resources. Click the link to see how the Tri-State Advocacy Project could help your family

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