BROOKLYN - Maimonides Medical Center is now equipped with Brooklyn's first pediatric trauma center, according to officials.

The state Department of Health approved the hospital as a trauma center for both pediatric and adult care.

Trauma centers have staff on hand to treat life-threatening injuries.

"We added a group of trauma surgeons and trauma specialists upstairs in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week," says John Marshall, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. 

The hospital will also stock the trauma center with a ready supply of blood so it can quickly be given to patients.