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WCHS is now a Pediatric Receiving Facility

Weston County Health Recognized as Pediatric Receiving Facility Cheyenne, Wyoming, July 2, 2021- Weston County Health has been recognized as a “Pediatric Receiving Facility” by the Wyoming Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services for Children and Wyoming Hospital Preparedness programs.

“Children require specialized tools, training and preparedness to make sure they get the best care possible, when they need it the most,” said Brandon Kelley, Wyoming EMSC program manager.  “The pediatric recognition program is intended to organize the work that Wyoming’s emergency departments do every day for our state’s kids. It is one thing to know you do great work, it is another to voluntarily agree to have it measured, which is exactly what these hospitals do in the process.”

The Wyoming Pediatric Recognition Program is an evidence-based approach to ensuring minimum services, equipment, disaster preparedness and staff competencies are in place in a facility that may treat an acutely injured or ill child in Wyoming. The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state partnership grant and completely voluntary.

“The team at Weston County Health worked hard to organize what they do every day for their community into one place,” said Kelley. “They committed to meeting the measures in the program, trained, organized and closed every gap we found in the process, not because they had to, but because they saw the benefit and decided to accept nothing less.”

Tamie Wesley who is our Trauma Program Coordinator at WCHS spent countless hours working on developing policies and procedures specific to pediatrics.  She organized pediatric equipment to make pediatric care more efficient and seamless.  She also took classes to become and instructor for PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support) and ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course), so all our nursing staff are certified in both courses.

The aim of Wyoming’s Pediatric Facility Recognition Program is to ensure that the great work done in our emergency departments is recognized in a way that shows the commitment the local staff and hospitals have for the pediatric population of our state. “We know that our hospitals take great care of our sick and injured kids, this program gives the facility a chance to show it by increasing their scores on the National Pediatric Readiness Project,” Kelley said.

More information on the National Pediatric Readiness Project, Wyoming’s past performance, and upcoming measurements can be found at https://emscimprovement.center/domains/hospital-based-care/pediatric-readiness-project/.

Additional information about the Wyoming recognition program can be obtained by contacting Brandon Kelley at Brandon.kelley@Wyo.gov.