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Pediatric Emergency Room

AdventHealth is Always Ready for Your Child

Medical emergencies are stressful for everyone. But when it involves a child, parents can become overwhelmed, fast. Knowing where to go when your little one needs emergency pediatric care will help you be ready to take action when every minute counts.

You can feel confident choosing AdventHealth Ocala’s Pediatric ER. Here, you’ll find helping hands, open hearts and expert minds. 

When your child is treated here, our emergency team will coordinate with your child’s pediatrician, keeping them updated on diagnoses, treatment plans, discharge instructions and coordinating transfer services to AdventHealth for Children in Orlando when advanced care is necessary.

As the only hospital in Marion County with a dedicated Children’s ER, or with an ER pediatric hospitalist on site round-the-clock, you can count on us for the highest level of emergency care when your child needs us most.

With a deep-sea and safari theme along with interactive decor, our pediatric ER was designed to feel like more than a hospital. Every space, furnishing and mural was specially chosen to keep children smiling and busy while they’re waiting — and every AdventHealth pediatric provider was specially trained to help them feel safe and comfortable while in our care.

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Pediatric Care That Puts Your Child First

Your little one is the center of your life. And now ours too. When you bring your child to us, we’ll treat them as our own. And that includes doing everything in our power to ensure they get the most advanced pediatric care in Ocala.  If higher level of care is needed, we will transport your child to AdventHealth for Children in Orlando.  The transition of care will be seamless as our teams coordinate to provide the best care to our youngest patients and their families. 

Backed by the nationally recognized care at AdventHealth for Children, we’ve built a network of 28 locations and 140 trusted pediatric specialists, spanning more than 35 specialties. Because we want to be ready for every twist and turn of your child’s health journey.

Some of our pediatric specialties include:

  • Allergy and immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Urology


We’re here to help you find the right physician or a location that’s convenient for you.

Inpatient Pediatric Care

When your child needs specialized care, our pediatric inpatient unit provides continuity of care and full access to the AdventHealth network. Our 16-bed unit is staffed with pediatric trained nurses and AdventHealth for Children board-certified pediatric hospitalists. Designed in a farm theme that ties to the spirit of Ocala, your child will have a safe, comfortable place to heal. With kid-friendly amenities like “Mama Llama’s Lunch,” a playroom with video games and a hay bale slide, your little one can feel whole while getting healthy. Our patient rooms also include sleeper sofas for parents and families who want to stay onsite with their child.

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  • Allergy and immunology care

    We’re here to help when you child needs treatment for asthma, food and environmental allergies and primary immunodeficiency disorders.

  • Blood transfusion

    Blood transfusions are sometimes needed for children with cancer, anemia, bleeding disorders and infections. Our skilled and compassionate team will be with your child every step of the way.

  • Dehydration treatment

    When an IV drip is needed to treat moderate to severe dehydration, we’ll put your child at ease. We’ll explain the process, helping them understand why it’s needed and hold their hand.

  • EEG diagnostics

    If we suspect your child has pediatric epilepsy, head trauma, a tumor or encephalitis — or has experienced a stroke or seizure — EEG technology will help us diagnosis and evaluate your child’s condition.

  • Orthopedic treatment

    Count on us for comprehensive care — including physical and occupational therapy, sports-medicine and imaging centers — designed with your child in mind.

  • Phototherapy

    To treat your newborn’s jaundice, we use phototherapy. This treatment makes it easier for your baby's liver to break down bilirubin and remove it from their blood.

  • Post-surgical care

    With the goal of recovering faster with fewer complications, our surgical team will be at your family’s side during recovery and supporting you as you help your child heal at home.

The Ocala Specialty Clinic

Expert Cardiac Care for Your Child

Your tender touch and loving care can heal scrapes, scratches and the common cold. But when your child faces something more serious, AdventHealth Ocala is ready to be your helping hand. Our specialty clinic at AdventHealth for Children, provides world-class care delivered by leading experts in cardiology.

Newborn Care

Looking After Our Tiniest Patients With Expert Neonatal Intensive Care

The moments just after birth are some of the most precious. When your baby needs extra monitoring and attention, our level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is ready to provide expert care and watchful eyes. Staffed 24 hours a day with specialized neonatal care nurses and neonatologists, the Ocala NICU is designed to care for babies born at or after 32 weeks who weigh more than 3.3 pounds as well as babies with certain health problems, including the need for short-term ventilator assisted breathing.