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Banner Health facility receives Pediatric Emergency Certification


MESA, Ariz. (June 30, 2014) – Banner Baywood Medical Center recently joined its sister facilities to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care certified by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AzAAP.

The certification means the facility meets specific criteria and is prepared to provide emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients. If necessary, the hospital can stabilize a child for transfer to a facility that offers more specialized pediatric care.

“Banner Baywood Medical Center is deeply committed to providing excellent emergency care to pediatric patients in the East Valley,” said Laura Robertson, chief executive officer at Banner Baywood Medical Center. “The preparedness survey enabled us to qualify  and meet the standards for the entry level of  pediatric focused  emergency care and shows the dedication of our physicians, staff and volunteers to improve our pediatric capabilities.”

Arizona is among only five states to implement such a specialized pediatric emergency care system. Certification is voluntary and 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.

The certification includes three levels -- Prepared, Prepared Plus Care and Prepared Advanced Care. Banner Baywood Medical Center works closely with Cardon Children’s Medical Center in the event that a pediatric patient needs more acute care. Cardon Children’s offers highly skilled and compassionate staff and assures parents that their children are receiving the best possible care.

“We work closely with Cardon Children’s, which is the only pediatric specialty hospital in the East Valley, in order to transfer patients with higher needs to offer more comprehensive care,” said Robertson.

Since 2008, Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Injury Prevention 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. Only hospitals that are members of the Chapter's partnership can apply for certification.

AzAAP's President, Dr. Delphis Richardson also noted that through this program, the Chapter and ADHS have identified two key areas for improvement in the state: the need for more pediatric resources devoted to mental health as well as disaster preparedness.

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of over 900 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 for more information.

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