State Recognition Programs & Resources

Medical Recognition Programs from Across the United States

Several states have established medical recognition programs – those include Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. Please click on each state to access a fact sheet, hyperlinks to their website, or download their materials.


Joint Policy Statement – Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department

SENTINEL ARTICLE: This policy statement delineates guidelines and the resources necessary to prepare hospital emergency departments (EDs) to serve pediatric patients. Adoption of these guidelines should facilitate the delivery of emergency care for children of all ages and, when appropriate, timely transfer to a facility with specialized pediatric services

Pediatric Readiness and Facility Verification

This article reports on the first comprehensive statewide assessment of "pediatric readiness" in EDs according to the 2009 "Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department." The presence of a pediatric readiness verification process, pediatric emergency care coordinator, and quality improvement plan for pediatric emergency care was associated with higher levels of pediatric readiness.

A National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments

Objectives: To assess US EDs for pediatric readiness based on compliance with the 2009 guidelines for care of children in EDs; to evaluate the effect of physician/nurse pediatric emergency care coordinators (PECCs) on pediatric readiness; and to identify gaps for future quality initiatives by a national coalition.

Emergency Department Recognition Program for Pediatric Services: Does it Make a Difference

Objective: This study aimed to determine if a pediatric emergency care facility recognition (PECFR) program improved care processes for injured children younger than 15 years.