Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
at Westchester Medical

Emergency Departments Approved for Pediatrics

During the past year, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, a facility that serves over one million children in its region, continued to enhance its Hudson Valley Emergency Departments Appropriate for Pediatrics (EDAP) program by augmenting the offering with simulation training for infant care, developing a toolkit and guide for how hospitals can meet EDAP certification requirements, and creating guides to help parents and pediatricians discuss the choice of appropriate emergency departments. The project team, led by David Markensen, MD, has continued to recruit hospitals within the Hudson Valley (including southern Connecticut) to participate in the EDAP program and training, with plans for scaling its offering to a national level.

SECOND YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
During the past year, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, a facility that serves over one million children in its region, continued to enhance its Hudson Valley Emergency Departments Appropriate for Pediatrics (EDAP) program by augmenting the offering with simulation training for infant care, developing a toolkit and guide for how hospitals can meet EDAP certification requirements, and creating guides to help parents and pediatricians discuss the choice of appropriate emergency departments. The project team has continued to recruit hospitals within the Hudson Valley (including southern Connecticut) to participate in the EDAP program and training, with plans for scaling the offering on a national level.


FIRST YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical (MFCH) grant instituted a model of Emergency Departments Appropriate for Pediatrics (EDAP), which included compliance with evidence based guidelines and certification, education programs and ongoing telephone support at MFCH for community emergency departments within the Hudson Valley region including 5 hospitals, impacting thousands of babies’ healthcare each year with the goal to expand to more hospitals annually.

 
 

Hudson Valley Children's Hospital Receives Grant to Foster
Community Education of Outstanding Pediatric Emergency Care

On May 1, 2008, R Baby Foundation granted $100,000 to the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center to help fund a new program that partners with Hudson Valley communities to set a higher precedent in emergency care for children. The grant, one of only five to be awarded in the New York area, will help to institute a model program called "Emergency Department Appropriate for Pediatrics" (E.D.A.P.).

The E.D.A.P. program will establish a model of excellence in emergency pediatric care and educate the community about the preferred locations at which to seek urgent medical treatment for babies. An E.D.A.P. community emergency department will work with Maria Fareri Children's Hospital to meet requirements for equipment and further educate both doctors and nurses. The program will also provide community emergency departments access to real-time pediatric emergency medicine consultation from the Children's Hospital.

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is a facility that provides life-saving care to more than one million children in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding area. The Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed with full-time, fellowship-trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians prepared to handle the most severely injured and ill children from around the region.

Key guests at the granting ceremony included: Michael Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center; Dr. Michael Gewitz, Director and Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center; Andrew and Phyllis Rabinowitz, Co-Presidents of R Baby Foundation; television and radio personality and R Baby Board Member Irv Gikofsky (Mr. G.); and doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

Event Press Coverage
August 2008
CW11 Coverage of Westchester Grant
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