|May 17, 2001
THREE CENTRAL ILLINOIS HOSPITALS
SPRINGFIELD, IL Three hospitals in central Illinois will be recognized Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program for providing the resources and capabilities to address the emergency needs of critically ill and injured children.
"Special training, equipment and supplies are necessary in order to effectively provide emergency care for children," said Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director. "This program recognizes those hospitals that have taken steps to enhance their emergency departments to meet the unique needs of pediatric patients."
Leslee Stein-Spencer, chief of the Department's Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety, will present Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana; Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur; and St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur; each with certificate of recognition as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Department's Champaign Regional Office, 2125 S. First St.
Hospitals can apply for one of two levels of voluntary recognition. Facilities that provide comprehensive emergency services can seek recognition as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). Another possible designation, Standby Emergency Department for Pediatrics (SEDP), is for hospitals that provide stabilization measures and have in place transfer guidelines for when more definitive care is needed.
With these new recognitions by the Department, there are now 89 EDAP hospitals and 13 SEDP hospitals. Included in the number are two Iowa hospitals that care for many Illinois children and have met Illinois EMSC criteria.
Hospitals seeking this voluntary designation receive a site visit by the EMSC program staff who verify that the emergency department is capable of meeting pediatric emergency care standards including the following:
The Illinois EMSC program, a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Public Health and Loyola University Medical Center of Chicago, was established in 1994 to ensure that the emergency medical care needs of children were adequately addressed.
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