Renown Children's Emergency Room

Renown Children's Emergency Room

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    Open 24 Hours
5 min. Triage Wait Time
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If you have an emergency, call 911.

The Children’s ER at Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada is the region's only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With pediatric specialists, child-sized equipment and family-centered care, it’s the first and only facility of its kind in Reno-Tahoe.

As parents, caregivers, and concerned individuals, we understand the importance of providing exceptional care and immediate attention to our little ones during medical emergencies. Renown Children's Emergency Room is more than just a medical facility; it's a place of solace and healing for children and their families when they need it most.

When to visit the Emergency Room (ER)

  • Burns
  • Allergic reactions
  • Broken bones
  • Stitches
  • Skin infections
  • Rashes
  • Venomous stings and bites
  • Asthma attacks
  • Choking or poisoning
  • Fainting, dizziness and confusion
  • Head injuries
  • Seizures
  • Severe bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Severe headache
  • Eye injuries
  • Severe pain
  • Baby under three months old with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

When to visit Urgent Care

Please visit an Urgent Care location for muscle strain or sprain, minor cut or burn, minor rash or infection, sore throat, fever or cold symptoms.

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Children's ER Care Team

Pediatric Emergency Physicians

Dr. Joseph Gassen is the region's first pediatric emergency doctor. He leads the Children's Hospital's team of specialized pediatric staff in providing care tailored specifically to kids. Dr. Gassen is board-certified in pediatric medicine, specializing in pediatric head injury/trauma. In addition, Dr. Gassen has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNSOM) in an adjunct faculty position. He received several honors, including Pediatric Attending of the Year, Outstanding Hospitalist, and Educator of the Year.


Our pediatric nurses are certified in advanced pediatric emergency care providing your child the highest level of support — around the clock. Your child's condition and treatment options will be thoroughly discussed with you, keeping you involved and informed. The fun atmosphere and vibrant colors help decrease the anxiety that accompanies traumatic emergency situations, making children feel more comfortable during their stay.  

Child Life Specialists

Treating children goes far beyond addressing the physical symptoms of an injury or illness. Young patients often experience fear and anxiety, and we believe that recovery is faster when children receive emotional support in addition to their treatment. That support includes taking care of the family by answering questions and addressing concerns. The Child Life Team will assist in your child's care by:
  • Providing developmentally appropriate information abut medical procedures and events
  • Providing play and coping opportunities
  • Preparing for same-day surgery


Insurance Types Accepted

View the list of Accepted Insurance Plans here.

Renown Health accepts most insurances. Please note that many insurance networks operate under various names and agreements. Before scheduling your appointment or procedure, the best way to verify your insurance benefits with our providers is to call your insurance company and ask if they will cover the services you require and your patient responsibility fee obligation.