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Highlights of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and its grantees in the news. To share coverage or submit a media inquiry, email us.


Phelps Earns Pediatric Emergency Readiness Designation - Hudson Independent, July 17

Is Your EMS Agency Ready to Care for Children? - JEMS, July 10

SSM Health Medical Minute: SSM Health emergency departments are staffed by Glennon Care pediatrics 24/7 - Fox2Now, July 10

By the Numbers: the Costs of Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness - ACEP Now, July 7

Access to Pediatric Care Is Rapidly Eroding — The health of future generations is at stake - MedPage Today, July 2

Greenidge-Payne recognized as EMS trailblazer - Virgin Islands Daily News, June 27

District one of 10 hospitals in Wyoming to earn pediatric readiness status - Kemmerer Gazette, June 25

EIRMC recognized for ‘expert’ pediatric care readiness - Post Gazette, June 24

Audubon County Memorial Hospital Receives State Recognition for Pediatric Readiness - Atlantic News Telegraph, June 21

North Country Hospital recognized for Pediatric Emergency Care Excellence - Newport Dispatch, June 18

Med-Tech EMS is first in the state to earn Pediatric Readiness Award - KVOM Radio, June 18

Preparing EDs for children costs under $50 per patient, study suggests - Becker's Hospital Review, June 18

Louisville Metro EMS goes above and beyond in pediatric emergency care - Spectrum News 1, June 17

Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Recognized as Pediatric Innovators - Stoney Brook University News, June 14

Study Finds Neck Injury Prediction Rule Could Decrease Imaging Exposure in Children - Imaging Technology News, June 13

Prediction Rule Cuts CT Use in Pediatric Emergency Use Case - Healthcare Innovation, June 11

New study reveals cost-effectiveness of pediatric readiness in emergency departments - MedicalXpress, June 11

Making Your Voice Heard: ACEP Takes Action at AMA House of Delegates - ACEP News, June 11

Emergency medicine physicians develop novel approach that reduces unnecessary imaging by half - Radiology Business, June 10

Cervical spine injury prediction rule could decrease radiation exposure in children: Study - Becker's Spine, June 6

Injury prediction rule could decrease radiographic imaging exposure in children, study shows - MSN, June 5

Injury prediction rule could decrease radiographic imaging exposure in children, study shows - Medical Xpress, June 4

Shapiro administration recognizes Geisinger doctor with Emergency Medical Services for Children Award - Geisinger Health, May 31

MCHD Awarded With EMS For Children Crew Of The Year 2024 - Woodlands Online, May 24

Senate committee passes legislation on mental health, emergency pediatric services - American Hospital Association, May 23

ENA Names Susan Douglass 2024 Judith C. Kelleher Award Recipient - Emergency Nurses Association, May 22

Press release: KBEMS recognizes EMS agencies as part of EMS for Children Day - LINKnKentucky, May 22

MercyOne Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Oelwein Medical Centers recognized by Iowa Pediatric Emergency Assessment and Care Recognition Program - Waverly Newspapers, May 20

House Passes Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act - ENA, May 16

House reauthorizes Emergency Medical Services for Children Program - American Hospital Association, May 16

Celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day - JEMS, May 15

Celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day - AP News, May 15

WATCH: Carter bipartisan bill ensuring children receive proper emergency medical care passes House - Rep. Buddy Carter, May 15

The Road to Pediatric Readiness with EMS for Children Colorado - CO Children's Hospital News, May 15

Spotlight on America Presents: CTE, firefighter cancer, ER readiness, social media - Fox 17 Nashville, May 11

Pen Bay Medical Center celebrates special accolade - WABI5, May 7

BGH earns pediatric treatment recognition - Bonner County Daily Bee, May 4

Pediatric Mental Health ED Visits Fluctuated in Pandemic - Medscape, May 2

Leadership & Advocacy Summit Unites Surgeons, Inspires Change - ACS, May 2

First Comprehensive Assessment of Pediatric Prehospital Care Launches May 1 - Firehouse, April 30

Pen Bay ED recognized for pediatric readiness - The Courier-Gazette, April 24

Webcast: Making Sure Emergency Medical Services Are Ready for Children - JEMS, April 22

Prehospital readiness project allows fire, EMS agencies to evaluate their pediatric care - EMS1 & FireRescue 1, April 19

Emergency Department Nurses Take To Capitol Hill - Emergency Nurses Association, April 17

DOH announces RFPs for ground ambulance services for Kaua‘i and Maui Counties -, April 12

MercyOne medical centers recognized - The Courier, April 12

New study validates prediction rules for pediatric intra-abdominal and traumatic brain injuries - MedicalXpress, April 11

ACS’s Advocacy Achievements - American College of Surgeons, April 10

Union Ambulance District gets pediatric certification - eMissourian, April 3

ACEP Members Drive Impact Through Committee Work - American College of Emergency Physicians, April 2

New study finds mental health emergencies in kids were more severe during the pandemic - MedicalXpress, April 2 (also covered in Good Morning America, Chief Healthcare Executive, HealthDay)

Spotlight on America: ER readiness - Multiple local news channels throughout April

Full Committee Markup Recap: E&C Advances 28 Bills to the Full House - House Press Release, March 20

Committee advances bills to reauthorize programs to support health care workers, pediatric emergency care - American Hospital Association, March 20

Valley View’s ER Department receives Pediatric Advance Ready designation - Post Independent, March 14

Hinsdale Ambulance Service Recognized By EMSC As Level III/Gold Pediatric EMS Service - Glasgow Courier, March 13

Ohio FD receives state’s first pediatric save award - EMS1, March 9

Study examines delayed pediatric diagnoses in emergency departments - MedicalXpress, March 6

Valley View’s Emergency Department Achieves Pediatric Advanced Ready Designation - Patch, March 8

Bills would reauthorize programs to support health care workers, pediatric emergency care - American Hospital Association, Feb. 14

Rep. Eshoo Opening Statement at Health Subcommittee Hearing on Patient and Caregiver Support- House Press Release, Feb. 14

Ready, Set … Hold On - Pediatric Readiness Assessment Shows Better Coordination Needed to Improve Emergency Care for Kids - ENA Connection, Feb. 1

Carter, Joyce propose reauthorized funding for Emergency Medical Services for Children - Rippon Advance, Jan. 16

‘A National Crisis and People Don’t Know About It’: American Emergency Rooms Are Failing Its Children- New York Sun, Jan. 16

Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project - Pediatric EMS Podcast by NAEMSP, Jan. 13

New program gets Colorado emergency rooms more prepared for children - KVDR, Jan. 13

Geisinger working to make all emergency rooms ready for kids - Geisinger News Release, Jan. 9

Prioritizing Pediatric Readiness: How Proper Preparedness Saves Young Lives - Charting Pediatrics podcast, Jan. 8

Are You Ready for This? Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments - The Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine Podcast, Jan. 6

Media coverage from 2023

Addressing Disparities: Calls for Pediatric Care Readiness - Medscape, Dec. 18

New program gets Colorado emergency rooms more prepared for children - Fox 31, Dec. 13

Many emergency rooms not well-prepared to care for seriously ill children - Spotlight on America, Dec. 8

Pediatric Readiness Training makes a difference at SLV Health - Alamos News, Dec. 5

Regional Health Services of Howard County receives state recognition for pediatric readiness - Decorah News, Dec. 4

Emergency Rooms across the country often ill-equipped to treat children - KCBS Radio, Dec. 4

How pediatric readiness saves lives in ERs - CBS Evening News, Nov. 28

Why So Many Emergency Rooms Are Failing Kids in America - The Journal podcast, Nov. 17

More Investment in Pediatric Readiness Will Save Lives in the ED - MedPage Today, Nov. 14

Utah paramedic uses personal experience to create autism kits for ambulances - EMS1, Nov. 11

Child Deaths From Guns After Arrival In Pediatric ERs Doubled In Pandemic - Forbes, Nov. 6 (also covered in TIME magazine and CNN)

Emergency Rooms Are Failing Kids. This Hospital Stepped Up - Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25

CCH EMS receives new, state-funded sensory kits following push from local nonprofit - County 17, Oct. 24

CHaMPioning Pediatric EMS Research - Push Dose EMS Podcast, Oct. 18

Great Falls Emergency Services recognized for Pediatric Readiness - KRTV Great Falls, Oct. 17

What makes a pediatric-ready emergency room - Fairbanks News 13, Oct. 14

Getting Emergency Departments Kid-Ready Podcast with Dr. Marc Auerbach, Veritas Health, Oct. 12

In Response to The Wall Street Journal: We Can Improve Pediatric Emergency Care - Children's Hospital Association, Oct. 10

AHA blog: What the WSJ Got Wrong about Pediatric Readiness - American Hospital Association, Oct. 2

Only 14% of hospitals are prepared to treat children: 7 notes - Becker’s Hospital Review, Oct. 2

Find Hospitals Deemed Ready to Treat Children in Your Area & Children Are Dying in Ill-Prepared: Emergency Rooms Across America - Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1

Evaluating pediatric ED readiness and racial, ethnic disparities in mortality - Contemporary Pediatrics, Sept. 27

Emergency Pediatric Readiness Improves Despite Challenges - Medscape, Sept. 19

Study: Health Equity an Important Aspect of Improving Quality of Care Provided to Children in Emergency Departments - ReachMD, Sept. 9 (NPRP-based research; related coverage in Chief Healthcare ExecutiveHealio; and Physicians Weekly)

Emergency room doctors beg for help treating children with mental health illnesses - NBC, Aug. 16 (New joint policy; related coverage in U.S. News, Axios, Consumer HealthDay and others)

Improving pediatric emergency care: ‘We need to do better’ - Chief Healthcare Executive, Aug. 17

Pediatric care improvements at Ripon Hospital improve outcome for local toddler - NBC 26, Northeast Wisconsin, Aug. 10

Study: U.S. emergency departments more prepared to care for children - American Hospital Association, Aug. 10

Florence EMS receives citation from state EMS for Children for meeting standard for pediatric care - North Kentucky Tribune, July 23

National Assessment Highlights COVID-19 Impact on ED Pediatric Capabilities - Daily Nurse, July 25

Improvement Seen in Most Domains of Pediatric Readiness in U.S. EDs- Consumer HealthDay - July 17

Many ERs still aren't well prepared to treat kids, study finds - Michigan Radio, July 7

EDs have made gains in pediatric readiness, but most fall short of survival improvement threshold - Trauma System News, July 10

EMS Crews May Not Always Follow Guidelines When Dosing Kids: Study -, July 10

Grand River Health becomes first hospital in state to achieve prestigious pediatric readiness recognition - Post Independent, June 28

Assessing Medication Safety in Settings Not Designated Solely for Pediatric Patients - ISMP, June 15

Dubuque Hospital recognized for pediatric readiness - Iowa News Now Staff, June 12

Boyle County EMS receives pediatric readiness accreditation - Advocate messenger, June 10

SoutheastHEALTH receives designation for pediatric emergencies - Southeast Missourian, June 6

Crawford County Memorial Hospital receives state recognition for pediatric readiness - Bulletin-Review, May 31

Local emergency services employees help promote EMS Week - The Spencer Magnet, May 31

Celebrate Emergency Medical Services for Children Day - EMS1, May 24 (EMSC Day coverage; similar articles appeared in JEMS & Firehouse Magazine)

EMS Week 2023: EMS for Children - JEMS, May 24

MUSC Health certified ‘Pediatric Ready’ - Lancaster News, May 16

State renews approval of Franciscan Health ER for pediatrics - Illinois Patch, May 2

A surge in sick children exposed a need for major changes to U.S. hospitals - NPR, March 3

Harvard-Hospital Partnership Tackles Pediatric Emergencies In Lakota Country - Forbes, Feb. 27

This winter's respiratory virus surge revealed problems in how we care for sick kids - NPR, Feb. 24

High pediatric readiness among EDs reduces mortality rates - Contemporary Pediatrics, Jan. 23

Emergency Department Preparedness Cuts Mortality Risk in Children - HealthDay, Jan. 19

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department Recognized as Pediatric Receiving Facility - Wyoming News Now, Jan. 19

Why Saving Kids Is Bad Business in America - New York Times, Jan. 3 (mentions EMSC pediatric readiness-related statistic)

Media coverage for 2022

MercyOne Dubuque receives inaugural state recognition for pediatric readiness - Mercy One Press Release, Nov. 29 (EMSC Iowa)

Respiratory infection surge sounds a wake-up call for pediatric emergency care - STAT news op-ed, Nov. 3 (by Marc Auerbach, MD, MSci, of EIIC)

What’s behind an increase in closures of pediatric units - PBS NewsHour, Oct. 15 (mentions EMSC pediatric readiness-related statistic)

As Hospitals Close Children’s Units, Where Does That Leave Lachlan? - New York Times, Oct. 11 (EMSC/Pediatric Readiness)

Lincoln County Dispatcher Receives Stork Award - Lincoln County News, Aug. 18 (EMSC Maine)

Quick Take: Behavioral health for the pediatric patient and care provider -, June 13 (EMSC/EMSC Day)

Allegheny Health Network Receives High Ratings for Pediatric Emergency Care Capabilities in National Survey - Benzinga, June 7 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

IDPH Recognizes Nurse at Ascension Saint Joseph – Joliet for Excellence in Pediatric Care - STL News, June 1 (EMSC Illinois)

CHI Health St. Francis to be recognized as a Pediatric Ready Hospital - KSNB Local 4, April 4 (EMSC Nebraska)

It could happen on my shift - EM Pulse podcast, Feb. 17 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Association of emergency department pediatric readiness with mortality to 1 year among injured children treated at trauma centers - MD Linx, Feb. 4 (Targeted Issues)

2 Minute Medicine Rewind February 7, 2022 - 2 Minute Medicine, Feb. 7 (Targeted Issues)

ED Readiness Key to Kids' Survival After Trauma Visits - MedPageToday, Feb. 2 (Targeted Issues)

Pediatric Emergency Care Research Grows Up - Emergency Medicine News, Feb. 1 (PECARN)

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Nurse Practitioner Named National Scholar in Pediatric Program - Muncie Journal, Jan. 20 (EMSC Scholars)

9 new expectations in the 2022 ACS trauma center standards - Trauma System News, Jan. 6 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Emergency Medical Services for Children Program releases pediatric checklist and toolkit -, Jan. 2 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Media coverage for 2021

Emergency Medical Services for Children Program releases pediatric checklist and toolkit - EMS World, Dec. 14 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Pediatric Readiness Resources Available to EMS Agencies - JEMS, Dec. 10 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Raising The Bar For Pediatric Trauma Care: Analysis And Solutions In The US - Emergency Live, Nov. 21 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Saint Louis University, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Receive $2 Million as Part of New Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network - Newswire, Sept. 29 (PPN)

JCHC Recognized as Pediatric Receiving Facility - Sheridan Media, Sept. 28 (EMSC Wyoming)

Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network Will Use Telehealth to Share Resources -mHealthIntelligence, Sept. 2 (PPN)

Thinking small: How Ky. EMS agencies prepare for pediatric patients Mountain News, WYMT, Aug. 23 (EMSC Kentucky)

UMC EMS recognized by the Texas EMS for Children State Partnership Everything Lubbock, Aug. 11 (EMSC Texas)

Q&A with a prehospital PECC: 'It's worth it', Aug. 2 (EIIC/Pediatric readiness)

Gaps in Pediatric Trauma Care: Meeting the Demands General Surgery News, July 28 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

How prepared are you for a disaster? Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 20 (EIIC)

New virtual training for Maine EMS to handle youth emergency medical calls, WGME, July 13 (Maine EMSC)

National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment Starts This Month ACEP Now, May 11 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

EMS for Children Program offers pediatrics resources for EMS Week 2021, May 6 (EIIC)

Are You Ready? The Pediatric Readiness Project ACEP Frontline, May (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Special Report: The National Pediatric Readiness Project EM:RAP podcast, May (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

National Pediatric Readiness Project PED EM Morsels blog, March 21 (EMSC/Pediatric readiness)

Anxious, Suicidal Teens Often End Up in Overwhelmed ERs. How Can We Improve Systems to Help Everyone? Yale School of Medicine News, March 15 (EIIC)