NorthBay to Enhance Emergency Care for Children

NorthBay Healthcare will expand its emergency and trauma services by focusing on enhanced care for young patients who come to the emergency department.


NorthBay informed the Solano County Emergency Medical Services agency last week it will seek designation as an EDAP – an “Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.” Hospitals in other areas of the state consider it a best practice to earn this special certification. baby2 


NorthBay Medical Center would be the first in Solano County to achieve this new standard of care for children. NorthBay VacaValley Hospital would later seek the same designation. NorthBay’s two emergency departments receive more than 5,600 pediatric visits per year.


“NorthBay Medical Center is the only facility in northern Solano County with a full-spectrum pediatric program – around-the-clock pediatric hospitalists, in-patient services, mother-baby care and neonatal intensive care,” explained Deborah Sugiyama, president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. “With the significant investment in services we have made, this new initiative ensures we will meet the highest standards of care for younger patients.


Solano County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency is developing requirements and the application for hospitals seeking designation.


Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer, said a national expert, Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, has been brought on board to assist NorthBay as it refines its current procedures and develops new protocols. Dr. Dieckmann was chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital for 25 years and is Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.


“Pediatric emergency care is a growing concern locally and nationwide,” Richerson said. “Last year, the California Pediatric Readiness Project surveyed 90 percent of the acute-care hospitals in the state. Its evidence-based study found a need to improve and standardize emergency care of children.