(Denison, IA) – The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (Iowa HHS) has announced Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) is the second hospital in Iowa to be recognized for readiness to provide emergency care for children through the state’s new Iowa Pediatric Emergency Assessment and Care (IPEAC) Recognition Program.
“IPEAC focuses on support, encouragement and resource sharing to help raise the bar for pediatric care in all Iowa hospitals,” said Margot McComas, chief of IHHS’s Bureau of Emergency Medical and Trauma Services. “We are so proud of Crawford County Memorial Hospital’s work in pediatric care. This recognition really demonstrates that hospitals of all sizes can achieve the program goals and provide quality emergency care for children.”
“We are proud to be the second hospital in the state to receive this recognition, validating our longstanding commitment to pediatric care,” said Erin Muck, President and CEO of CCMH. “Our staff works hard to provide great care to everyone in the family, from newborns to adults. We are grateful for the support provided by this new program, which will help to ensure that Iowa’s health care facilities are ready and able to provide the best emergency care for children.”
IPEAC is a new offering designed by the Iowa HHS Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program. IPEAC recognizes the work of hospitals of all sizes to ensure each is prepared to provide initial stabilization, treatment and any needed transfers to definitive care for ill and injured children in Iowa.
Participation in the IPEAC program was recently offered to all 117 Iowa hospitals after a pilot program last fall. To be recognized, hospitals must complete an application that includes requirements for equipment, training and support of pediatric patients and their families. Evaluation of applicants includes a site visit to the hospital.
ABOUT EMSC: Iowa Emergency Medical Services for Children is a program of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Emergency Medical and Trauma Services. IPEAC and EMSC are funded by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).