State of Illinois Approves Emergency Department for Pediatric Care|
St. Mary’s is very proud to announce that it is now recognized by the State of Illinois as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). This prestigious recognition confirms that the Illinois Department of Public Health is confident St. Mary’s will provide the highest standard of pediatric emergency care in Region 5, which consists of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
“The Emergency Department is the safety net and the point of entry to health care for thousands of people in Evansville and the surrounding areas,” says Nancy McCleary, RN, MSN, and Executive Director of Emergency Services at St. Mary’s. “We want to make sure we meet and exceed the needs for a specialized approach to pediatric emergency care. We challenged ourselves to not just meet the qualifications to become an EDAP, but to raise the bar and provide the highest level of pediatric quality care in an emergency. We’ll also continue to educate and train our staff for emergency situations involving children.”
St. Mary’s is the preferred regional center for pediatrics, serving more than 14,000 patients a year. We launched our Children’s Pediatric Transport Team in March and also have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Transport Team and a Maternal Fetal Transport Team.
In addition, St. Mary’s recently became the exclusive partner for the Indiana SAFE KIDS Coalition serving Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. As the lead agency for the SAFE KIDS chapter in those counties, St. Mary’s will continue to work on a local, state and national level to prevent unintentional childhood injuries and deaths.
This latest acknowledgement further supports our dedication to treating and healing the children of the Tri-State.
According to the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), there are more than three million children and adolescents under the age of 18 in Illinois today. The goal of the Illinois EMSC is to ensure that its state and local emergency care systems are appropriately prepared to address the emergency care needs of children living in the state.
St. Mary’s recognition as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics by the State of Illinois is effective until 2012. McCleary says, “We will certainly seek renewal in 2012 for this most prestigious designation.”
St. Mary’s Emergency Department is also verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as a Level II Trauma Center, meaning we are able to provide comprehensive trauma care to those who are critically injured.