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First Critical Access Hospital in Southern Arizona, Northern Cochise Community Hospital receives certification as a Pediatric Prepared facility. Click here for the news

Best Care for Kids is home to Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care, a voluntary program recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated their ability  to stabilize and/or manage pediatric medical emergencies.  AzAAP’s voluntary certification program recognizes hospitals that meet specific criteria for personnel training, equipment, and facilities that support optimal care for ill or injured infants, children, and teens.  Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care is a partnership between hospitals, physicians, nurses, emergency personnel and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program at the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care opened for membership in 2011. You don't need to be certified to become a member. 

Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member

Click here to see a list of our members

Is your Emergency Department Pediatric Ready? Click here to learn more about the Pediatric Readiness Assessment and how Arizona hospitals scored.

Certification is available for three levels of care:

Prepared Care - This level of certification provides services for pediatric care as part of a general Emergency Department.  The hospital refers critically ill or injured children to other facilities and may or may not have pediatric inpatient services available. 

Prepared Plus Care - This level of certification provides services for most pediatric emergency care. The hospital has a focus on pediatrics, but ICU services for children are not available.  

Prepared Advanced Care - This level of certification provides services for all levels of pediatric emergency care.  This hospital system includes a Pediatric intensive care unit and has a specific focus on pediatric services. 

Membership Applications and/or Certification Applications are also available for download.

This initiative is funded, in part, by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health (BWCH), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program and supported by member hospitals.

Click here to see archived press releases

For more information contact:
Program Manager: Doreen Pollack



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