NorthBay seeks to expand emergency pediatric services

By From page A4 | January 24, 2013

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare is looking to expand its emergency and trauma services by achieving status for its hospital as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.

NorthBay Medical Center would be the first in Solano County to achieve this certification of children’s care, according to Steve Huddleston, vice president of public affairs. NorthBay’s VacaValley Hospital will later seek the same designation. NorthBay’s two emergency departments receive more than 5,600 pediatric visits per year.

Achieving status as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics would enhance staff training, refine pediatric patient safety, policies and protocols, and standardize equipment, supplies and medications.

“We want to treat more kids than we do now through much enhanced care,” Huddleston said.

He said NorthBay Medical Center would not, however, offer pediatric trauma care.

NorthBay’s two local hospitals would continue to partner with pediatric trauma centers at UC Davis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Oakland, where the most seriously injured children will continue to receive care.

NorthBay Trauma Center is working toward designation as a Level II trauma center, which means it will be able to treat adults with major head and spinal injuries and several other critical specialties.

Kaiser Permanente is seeking a similar designation for its hospital in Vacaville. State rules dictate that only one Solano County hospital can have a Level II trauma designation.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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