One of the best ways to improve outcomes for kids that have a medical emergency is to have a statewide network of emergency departments that focus on specific “kid-based” criteria for training, equipment, and facilities.  Arizona is now one of only 5 states that have implemented a specialized pediatric emergency care system- a system that was developed in partnership with us, the Arizona Academy of Pediatrics Arizona Academy of Pediatrics, hospitals, physicians, nurses, and emergency personnel. 

The system is called “Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care”, and it’s a voluntary program that recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated their ability  to stabilize and/or manage pediatric medical emergencies. The AzAAP’s voluntary certification program recognizes hospitals that meet specific  Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care.  Certification is available for 1) Prepared Care; 2) Prepared Plus Care; and 3) Prepared Advanced Care.  The AzAAP approved certification of 9 facilities for the top category including: 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; and the U of A Medical Center/Diamond Children’s Medical Center. 

Congratulations to these progressive hospitals for stepping up and for their commitment to Arizona families.