Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sutter Amador Hospital Certified as “Kid-Qualified”

JACKSON - Sutter Amador Hospital (SAH) in Jackson has been rated as “Kid-Qualified” by Valley Emergency Physicians (VEP), the physician group practice that provides emergency services at SAH and 35 hospitals in California and across the country. SAH’s Emergency Department treats approximately 3,000 children each year.

SAH received the “Kid-Qualified” certification on November 11, 2013, after a rigorous confirmation process that required the Emergency Department to demonstrate availability of a multitude of pediatric services, as well as substantial quality and safety measures for children. This includes incorporating best practice guidelines established by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Emergency Nurses Association for the care of pediatric patients in emergency departments.

“This certification validates all of our hard work,” says Paul Beatty, M.D., Emergency Department medical director at SAH. “It demonstrates to the community that our physicians and nurses are fully prepared to serve the community and provide outstanding pediatric care.”

Ronald Dieckmann, M.D., VEP Director of Pediatrics and Professor Emeritus of Pediatric and Emergency Medicine for the University of California, San Franciso and Rob Wyman, M.D., VEP Vice President of Quality presented the certification to Anne Platt, SAH CEO at a recent ceremony at the hospital. “We’re honored to receive this recognition,” says Platt. “As a mother, I know how anxious a parent feels when their child is in the emergency room. This certification will provide an extra level of comfort to parents who bring their young ones to our Emergency Room—they’ll know they are in good hands.”

SAH’s Emergency Department has implemented a number of innovative treatment methods, such as a rapid method of pain relief for children presenting with painful conditions like burns, fractures and cuts. Children tend to be uneasy around needles, so the staff at SAH is trained to administer powerful pain killers through a special syringe that aerosolizes the medication into the nose without the need for an injection or IV needle stick.

“Our goal is to be an ‘ouchless ER’”, says Nancy Leland, R.N., Emergency Department Manager, who helped lead the hospital’s campaign to become “Kid-Qualified”.

Another cutting-edge innovation now in the ED is a powerful software database called PEMSoft. Time is of the essence in an emergency and this database allows doctors and nurses to instantly access vital diagnostic and treatment information on over 1,000 conditions. “PEMSoft helps reduce the possibility of error when treating patients and this is especially important when treating young patients,” adds Dr. Beatty. “The highly graphic software program is part of a national trend toward physician use of easy-to-access, computerized medical information to assist in the care of complex, critical patients.”

Sutter Amador Hospital is proud to be certified as “Kid-Qualified”. “This reflects our ongoing commitment to compassion, collaboration and creativity. We strive to provide the best possible care to all our patients—and our young patients hold a special place in all our hearts,” continues Platt. 

Pictured left to right:
Back Row - SAH ED Physician Kurt Popke, M.D., VEP Vice President of Quality Rob Wyman, M.D., SAH ED Physician Drew Hood, M.D., SAH ED Physician Ron Hood, M.D., SAH ED Physician Brad Chew, M.D., SAH ED Physician Shawn Brady, M.D.
Front Row – SAH CEO Anne Platt, SAH ED Director Nancy Leland, VEP Director of Pediatrics Ronald Dieckmann, M.D., SAH ED Medical Director Paul Beatty, M.D.

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