Children's Emergency Department is now located in Children's Tower: 1001 E. Marshall Street.

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Acute care

Now located in the Children's Tower

If your child needs to be admitted for an acute or chronic illness or injury, your entire family will be cared for by our compassionate team of doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals throughout the hospital.

Our team works closely with pediatric emergency physicians and medical and surgical subspecialists – such as doctors trained in heart, brain or kidney issues – to bring our full continuum of care to treat children of all ages with both common and complex medical issues.

During their stay, your child also may be cared for by dietitians, teachers, and art or music therapists. Your entire family can benefit from the services of our social workers and child life specialists, who can help you navigate the necessary care and resources.

Family-centered care

We believe a partnership among children, families and health care providers is the best way to provide the most effective and complete care. We call this innovative approach family-centered care, as we engage both the child and their family in the daily decision-making process.

Hospital physicians

While your child is in the hospital, our hospitalists will supervise and coordinate all aspects of their health care. Hospitalists only see patients in the hospital setting, so can provide you with timely updates on your child's condition, and work closely with your primary care pediatrician to ensure appropriate follow-up treatment.

Our hospitalists also lead the care by our comprehensive health care team, which includes residents and fellows who are completing specialized and advanced pediatrics training. Residents are doctors who have completed medical school. Fellows have already completed their residency to become a general pediatrician, and now are training to be specialists in the care of hospitalized children. You also may see students from the VCU School of Medicine. 

Subspecialty care

Care for kids with certain conditions, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and others, is directed by subspecialists in those areas. These doctors work closely with the entire team to ensure specialized, comprehensive care for children with unique medical needs while they're in the hospital.


Acute care spans a range of conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Infections of the lungs or glands
  • Kidney disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Post-surgical care
  • Traumatic injuries 

Meet the team

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David Marcello, MD
David Marcello MD Hospital medicine Read more
Amanda Bane, MSN, RN, CPNP
Amanda Bane MSN, RN, CPNP Hospital medicine Read more
Loren Dove, PNP
Loren Dove PNP Hospital medicine Read more
Jennifer Gholson, PNP-AC
Jennifer Gholson PNP-AC Hospital medicine Read more
Kristen Hooker, PA-C
Kristen Hooker PA-C Hospital medicine Read more
Matthew Keane, MD
Matthew Keane MD Hospital medicine Read more
Clifton Lee, MD, FAAP, SFHM
Clifton Lee MD, FAAP, SFHM Hospital medicine Read more
Lauren McGill, MD
Lauren McGill MD Hospital medicine Read more
Jose Munoz, MD
Jose Munoz MD Hospital medicine Read more
Hillary O'Boyle, MD
Hillary O'Boyle MD Hospital medicine Read more
Matthew Schefft, DO, MSHA, FAAP
Matthew Schefft DO, MSHA, FAAP Hospital medicine Read more
Amy Spinella, MSN, RN, CPNP
Amy Spinella MSN, RN, CPNP Hospital medicine Read more
Ashlie Tseng, MD
Ashlie Tseng MD Hospital medicine Read more
Allison Young, MD
Allison Young MD Hospital medicine Read more


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