TUCSON, Ariz.— The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s has been certified as an “Advanced Care Emergency Department” by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AZAAP).
Diamond Children’s participated in AzAAP’s Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) program and received the highest certification level—the Prepared Advanced Care.
This 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 among hospitals, physicians, nurses, emergency personnel and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
“This certification allows our pediatric emergency capabilities to be better defined and strengthens our commitment to pediatric emergency care,” said Michelle Ziemba, RN, MSN, director of Trauma and Emergency Services, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus.
Ziemba added, “The public will have a better idea of the level of pediatric emergency services we offer and this will better serve the children with emergency needs in our community.”
Diamond Children’s, along with eight other hospitals throughout Arizona received the Prepared Advance Care designation.