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Abrazo West Campus earns pediatric emergency care certification

Dec 21, 2017

GOODYEAR (Dec. 22, 2017) – Abrazo West Campus has been certified as a Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care hospital by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AZAAP).

This voluntary certification means that Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, is ready to provide emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients every day. If necessary, Abrazo West Campus can stabilize critically ill or injured children for transfer to a facility that offers more specialized pediatric care.

“Abrazo West Campus physicians and staff are committed to providing quality emergency care to pediatric patients. Abrazo West has always taken care of pediatric patients.  The new Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certification is an additional accolade for our ED team and allows the ED nurses to take advantage of national pediatric training opportunities with the new PPEC certification. The PPEC site survey enabled us to show that our performance meets the academy’s pediatric-focused, emergency care standards,” said Stan Holm, Abrazo West Campus Chief Executive Officer. 

To receive this voluntary certification, an emergency room must pass a broad and in-depth review of pediatric emergency care readiness that includes equipment, clinical and administrative staffing, policies and procedures and analytics, said Dr. John Pope, board president of Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“The Arizona Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics believes in access to optimal emergency care for all children,’’ Pope said.  

Arizona is among five states to implement a pediatric emergency care system. Certification is a quality improvement process that includes matching hospital capabilities and capacity to established guidelines through a self-assessment process and a site visit by a team of peer professionals. Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care is a private-public partnership among hospitals, health care professionals, emergency personnel and state agencies throughout Arizona, committed to an effective regionalized pediatric emergency care system.

Since 2008, the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Injury Prevention along with the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has spearheaded the effort to launch the pediatric emergency department certification/regionalized system.  In 2010, AzAAP established the certification, and currently conducts certification reviews and offers continuing pediatric emergency education. 

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of more than 1,100 primary care pediatricians, pediatric specialists, nurses and other pediatric healthcare providers dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Visit www.AzAAP.org for more information.

For non-life threatening emergencies, Abrazo Community Health Network’s five hospitals and two free-standing Emergency Departments offer a free online service for patients which projects timetables to be seen by a doctor. This allows patients to wait at home rather than in the ER. Go to findERtime.com for more information.

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