Congratulations to the physicians and staff of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which recently was recertified as a Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care: Advanced Care facility by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A survey team composed of nurses, program directors, physicians and observers paid a rigorous site visit here in May to evaluate our "pediatric readiness" for emergency care as part of the three-year certification renewal process.
Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) is a voluntary certification program of pediatric standards for emergency departments. It recognizes hospitals that meet specific criteria for personnel training, equipment and facilities that support optimal care for ill or injured infants, children and teens.
BUMCT achieved the highest level of certification, Prepared Advanced Care, signifying that it provides all levels of pediatric emergency care, has a pediatric intensive care unit and has a specific focus on pediatric services.
BUMCT's sister hospitals, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Cardon Children's Medical Center, also hold Prepared Advanced Care certification.
<photo> From left to right: Kristen Kidder, RN; Caylin Stroupe, RN; Jana Montez, RN; Angela Hudson, RN; Angela Randall, RN; Olivia McBirnie, RRT, Dinnorah Medina, RN; Jeff Seaney, RN, manager and Chad Viscusi, MD, medical director, Pediatric Emergency Department