NorthBay Hospitals to Receive Pediatric Designation
NorthBay Healthcare’s two hospitals have achieved designation as Emergency Departments Approved for Pediatrics, marking a yearlong effort to expand its emergency and trauma services to focus on enhanced care for young patients.
Solano County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, in a letter dated Oct. 28, noted all standards for enhanced care were met and a letter of recognition and designation is forthcoming.
At the urging of NorthBay clinical leaders in January of this year, Solano County EMS officials began setting criteria for EDAP hospitals. “Studies across the state and nation were showing emergency rooms simply weren’t focusing on the difference between adult and pediatric patients,” explained Daman Mott, director of Trauma and Emergency Services. “We brought it to the attention of county officials who agreed something should be done.”
Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer, added, “Pediatric emergency care is a growing concern locally and nationwide. 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 to standardize equipment, supplies and staffing of emergency care for children.”
NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield is the only facility in northern Solano County with a full-spectrum pediatric program – around-the-clock pediatric hospitalists, in-patient services, labor and delivery, and neonatal intensive care,” explained Deborah Sugiyama, President of NorthBay Healthcare Group.
NorthBay’s two local hospitals continue to partner with pediatric trauma centers at Children’s Hospital Oakland and UC Davis Medical Center, where the most seriously injured children continue to receive care. “Even with our higher, more sophisticated designation, and our very busy NorthBay Trauma Center in Fairfield, seriously injured pediatric patients will best be treated at those specialty hospitals because of the complexity and extraordinary care they need,” Richerson added.
Ronald Dieckmann, M.D., M.P.H., was brought on board to assist NorthBay in refining its procedures and developing new care 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.
An Emergency Department Authorized for Pediatrics comprises enhanced staff training, refined pediatric patient safety, policies and protocols, standardized equipment, supplies and medications. “It complements our trauma program and the expansion of advanced medicine we have brought closer to home,” Richerson said.