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 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.
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For more information contact:
Director: Peggy Stemmler, MD, MBA, FAAP Program Coordinator: Teresa Salama