ITHACA, N.Y. –– Cayuga Health announced that “Kids Care” after-hours pediatric care has re-opened at Cayuga Medical Center in the Pediatrics Unit of the hospital with new summer hours.

Kids Care closed on April 24 as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as more testing and safety protocols have become available, Cayuga Health is re-opening its after-hours pediatric care in order to address the needs of the local community, CMC said in a release this week.

“We understand that babies, children and teens don’t always get sick or injured on weekdays or when the doctor’s office is open, so we are pleased to be able to re-open our Kids Care After Hours Pediatric Care,” Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health said.

Kids Care offers pediatric and adolescent care for minor injuries and illnesses for infants and teens through age 17. Kids Care is specialized treatment outside the emergency room or local urgent care facilities –– staffed by registered nurses that regularly work with children and babies and local pediatricians from Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics and Northeast Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Kids Care new summer hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pre-registration is now required, and patients/parents will need to wait in their car until called, and then enter through the CMC Emergency Department entrance. Only 1 parent/guardian and 1 patient will be allowed to enter the hospital. Additional siblings will not be allowed to enter unless they are also Kid’s Care patients.

“We are focused on providing the very best in child health care and safety is our number one concern, so it is imperative that parents pre-register and follow all the new COVID-19 protocols,” CEO Stallone said. 

Parents can pre-register by calling (607) 274-4356 or online, here.

For all serious medical emergencies, parents are advised to take children to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com