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Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center Receives Pediatric Emergency Certification


SUN CITY WEST (July 16, 2013) The third Banner Hospital to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care certified, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Surprise/Sun City West, has been granted a Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certification by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

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.
“Kids and families are the true winners! These 12 emergency departments have gone the extra mile to have the essential equipment and training in place to provide emergency care to children for their communities,” said Tomi St. Mars, RN, Chief, Office of Injury Prevention for ADHS.

Arizona is among only five states to implement such a specialized pediatric emergency care system. Created through a public-private partnership, PPEC is a voluntary certification program of pediatric standards for emergency departments.

Twelve facilities, nine in the Phoenix area, two in Tucson and one in Show Low, have received the certification. For a list of these hospitals please visit

The certification includes three levels -- Prepared, Prepared Plus Care and Prepared Advanced Care. Banner Del E. Webb is the first emergency facility to earn the Prepared Care rating based on a site visit.

“This certification affirms what we have long known about our Emergency Department – that we have the expertise, equipment and experience necessary to deliver excellent emergency care to children,” said Susan Hopf, RN, director of Webb’s Emergency department. “Parents who bring their kids to our hospital for care can do so knowing that our physicians, nurses and support staff are specially trained to provide advanced level pediatric care. That’s exciting news for our staff, for our hospital and, most importantly, for our community.”

Dr. William Mostow, medical director of Webb’s Emergency department, said that, when it opened in 1988, the hospital primarily served the adult population of the then-isolated areas of Sun City and Sun City West. “The surrounding communities have long since grown, and we have been taking care of large numbers of kids for several years,” he said. “We have done a lot of work to ensure that the care our pediatric population receives is state-of-the-art, and it's nice to get recognition for those efforts.”

Since 2008, the Office of Injury Prevention for ADHS has spearheaded the effort to launch the pediatric emergency department certification system. In 2010, ADHS partnered with AzAAP to establish the certification, conduct certification reviews and offer continuing pediatric emergency education. Only hospitals that are members of the Chapter's partnership can apply for certification. Those membership fees will eventually sustain the program.

AzAAP's President, Dr. Dale Guthrie 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 public-private partnership includes hospitals, physicians, nurses, emergency personnel, AzAAP and ADHS.

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About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a community hospital in Sun City West, Ariz. The hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart care, Emergency care, cancer care, and obstetrics. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. For more information, visit or Facebook.


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