By Ken Molestina

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth unveiled a brand new $14.2 million emergency department. Day one of it being open to the public, purposely coincided with the start of school across Tarrant County.

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Dr. Corwin Warmink, the Medical Director of the emergency department said not only is the new ER one of the largest in the country, it also now one of the most technologically-advanced.

“The ultimate goal is to be the best pediatric ER in the country and I think we are well on our way,” said Dr. Warmink.

The new ER has a total of 76 private exam rooms. The previous ER had 56 rooms and they were not private.

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Dr. Warmink says the trend every year has been an increase of emergency medical cases at Cook Children’s in the first days back to class.

“Once school starts about a week into school is when we really pick up our volume, so we had to get this open for school just to be ready for the volume of school time,” said Dr. Warmink.

Most emergency room visits by students in the first week of school are usually related to falls according to Cook Children’s.

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