September 4, 2012 - Fountain Valley--- After rigorous preparation, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital (FVRH) has earned certification by the California Children’s Services (CCS) for its 11-bed Pediatric ICU, effective September 1st, 2012. CCS certification for the PICU completes the hospital’s entire range of acute neonatal and pediatric services, including its already CCS-certified Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Units.
Now, CalOptima, Medi-Cal and Healthy Families patients and their physicians in western Orange County have a local hospital choice for their sick and critically ill children who have a CCS eligible medical condition. Currently, there is only one other CCS-certified Pediatric Intensive Care Unit serving all of Orange County.
Last year, a third of the hospital’s Pediatric ICU admissions were transfers from other hospitals’ emergency departments. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital has streamlined systems for pediatric admissions, including round-the-clock pediatric hospitalists and intensivists. These high level pediatric specialists work closely with the hospital’s ER to coordinate all aspects of inpatient care for sick and critically ill children in the hospital’s PICU. Emergency rooms in Orange County without PICUs are ill equipped to manage these patients.
“CCS certification gives peace of mind to families knowing that their critically ill child who has a CCS-eligible condition will not have to be transferred to another facility miles away. They can also rest assured that high standards of quality are being met in their own community at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital,” notes Lisa Sperry RN, BSN, MHA, CCRN; Director of Pediatrics, NICU & PICU.
At FVRH, attaining CCS certification meant instituting some of the latest best practices, having full coverage by Board-certified pediatric subspecialists, and maintaining an emergency department team that can support the level of care required to maintain CCS certification.
In addition, FVRH provides a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist on staff specializing in pediatric critical care, offering additional support and education to meet the needs of our patients and families. The hospital’s Child Life Specialist, a trained professional with expertise in helping children and their families cope with medical issues and the challenges they present, works closely with the physician and nursing staff during their child’s hospital stay. The American Academy of Pediatrics asserts that child life services are “an essential component of quality pediatric health care,” and have become a standard in most pediatric hospital settings. Together with onsite Social Workers, the Child Life Specialist also makes possible more localized coordination of school and community support services while the child is in the hospital.
“Achieving CCS certification not only attests to the high standards of care we provide here at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, it continues relationships between families and their local pediatrician, specialists and the community,” states Dr. Kenneth Kim, PICU Medical Director. “At this pivotal time in health care, we’re very pleased to be able to offer Orange County families more local access to high quality, specialized acute care for sick and critically ill children.”
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