Providence earns Comprehensive Pediatric Emergency Care Facility certification

September 21, 2016

Designation for Alaska’s only children’s hospital, which will open first dedicated pediatric emergency treatment space in 2018

Anchorage, AK — The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services has certified Providence Alaska Medical Center as a Comprehensive Pediatric Emergency Care Facility.

The certification is administered by the Alaska Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Advisory Board and state Facility Recognition Program and focuses on a hospital’s ability to provide comprehensive pediatric emergency care.

Funded by an Emergency Medical Services for Children grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program works with hospitals to meet Alaska EMSC program requirements and achieve pediatric recognition.

The criteria for recognition include:

  • A pediatric intensive care unit;
  • Professionals specially trained in pediatric intensive and emergency care;
  • Adequate staffing and provisions for pediatric intensive and emergency care;
  • Adequate staffing and provisions for pediatric consultation and backup;
  • Availability of essential pediatric equipment, supplies and medication;
  • Protocols for the treatment of critically ill and injured children;
  • Access to specialized pediatric inter-facility transport services for critically ill and injured children, as well as protocols to assist in the transfer process; and
  • Ongoing pediatric critical care and emergency care quality improvement activities.

“Receiving this certification is a great honor. Caregivers in our emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit and our physician partners strive to provide the best care possible to Alaska’s children,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “We look forward to further advancing this commitment when our dedicated pediatric emergency treatment space opens in 2018.” 

In addition to emergency care provided in the PAMC Emergency Department, pediatric care is also provided in The Children’s Hospital at Providence, the state’s only children’s hospital. The 146-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and provides pediatric subspecialty services in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska, which includes Alaska's only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Center.

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center  Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org.

About the Alaska EMSC Program  The Alaska EMSC program is designed to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained as a result of severe illness and injury. The program is housed in the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Health, and is federally-funded though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Emergency/Pages/ems/programs/emsc/default.aspx