Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center Harvard Emergency Department Now EDAP Approved

HARVARD, Illinois – Mercyhealth is pleased to announce the emergency department at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard is now EDAP-approved within emergency medical services region 9 by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) is a designation the state awards hospital emergency departments that meet a set of defined standards for providing comprehensive emergency care to seriously ill and injured children.

Requirements include:

  • Twenty-four-hour-a-day coverage by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who have each had at least 30 hours of continuing education in pediatric emergencies;
  • Having a nursing staff specially trained in the emergency care of children; specifically, making sure each emergency room nurse has at least 16 hours of continuing education in pediatric emergencies;
  • Availability of essential pediatric equipment, supplies and medication;
  • Protocols in place for the treatment of abused children, critically ill and injured children and children requiring transfer to a specialized care center.

“Mercyhealth’s collective commitment to quality emergency care for children earns us this state recognition,” said Theresa Hollinger, MSN, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, director of nursing and patient care services at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard. “Our employee partners’ hard work truly ensures that our young patients will receive quality care at Mercyhealth for years and years to come.”

EDAP recognition was granted to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Harvard following a site visit from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Division of Emergency Medical Services for Children.

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