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Cardon Children's and Banner Thunderbird certified for pediatric emergency care


MESA, Ariz. (April 25, 2012) -- Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Children's Center received Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care certification as part of a new program to improve outcomes for ill and injured children visiting emergency rooms in Arizona.

In addition to Cardon Children’s, eight other facilities, including Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in the West Valley, are among the first to receive the certification following site visits conducted between December 2011 and March 2012.

The certification includes three levels -- Prepared, Prepared Plus Care and Prepared Advanced Care. Cardon Children’s and Banner Thunderbird are certified at the Advanced Care level.

Created through a public-private partnership between the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) is a voluntary certification program of pediatric standards for emergency departments. Certified hospitals meet specific criteria and are prepared to provide emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients.
"This collaboration should give families peace of mind," says Tomi St. Mars, RN, chief, Office of Injury Prevention for ADHS, which, since 2008, has spearheaded the effort to launch the pediatric emergency department certification system.

James Reingold, MD, medical director of Cardon Children’s Emergency Department, and Hazel Hofer, senior clinical manager, led the application and site visit process for Cardon Children’s.

“I want to commend the leadership of Dr. Reingold and Hazel throughout this process,” said Rhonda Anderson, CEO of Cardon Children’s. “This certification is a wonderful acknowledgement of our advanced level of care for children in the community, and will serve as a great comfort to families in a time of emergency, knowing they have come to the right place.”

Arizona is among only five states to implement such a specialized pediatric emergency care system, according to AzAAP.  The complete list of Arizona’s certified facilities is as follows:
Prepared Advanced Care

  • Arizona Children's Center at Maricopa Medical Center
  • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
  • Cardon Children's Medical Center
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Scottsdale Healthcare - Shea Medical Center
  • Tucson Medical Center for Children
  • University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children's Medical Center

Prepared Plus Care

  • Scottsdale Healthcare - Osborn Medical Center
  • Scottsdale Healthcare - Thompson Peak Medical Center

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center – part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals throughout the West—is a 514-bed hospital offering surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency care, behavioral health services and heart care. It is Glendale’s largest private employer with 2,800 employees and 1,200 physicians.

About Cardon Children's Medical Center
Cardon Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Offering a new, state-of-the-art facility at U.S. 60 and Dobson Road in Mesa, Cardon Children’s has greatly expanded the scope of pediatric care in the Valley including 208 inpatient pediatric beds.


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