THE NEXT PHASE OF TOP-TIER
THE PHOENIX CHILDREN’S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND LEVEL 1 PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTER EXPANSION IS ON TRACK TO ACCOMMODATE INCREASED PATIENT VOLUME AND SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF DIFFERENTIATOR TRAUMA PROGRAMS.
“Our new facility will allow us to continue to improve our trauma programs and provide the room needed to care for 100,000 children who need emergency services per year.”
Traumatic injury is the number one cause of death in children age 14 and under. The $40 million expansion of Arizona’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the next step in fulfilling an ongoing commitment to provide resources and quality care for the state’s severely injured or ill children—and meet a growing need.
OUR GROWING COMMITMENT
Currently, 84,000 patients are being served annually in a space originally built to accommodate only 22,000. Once construction is completed in 2017, the expanded space will increase trauma capacity to treat as many as six patients simultaneously in three separate bays. This is important for children who arrive needing the trauma expertise and specialty coverage only available at a Level One center.
CLINICAL CARE INNOVATIONS
Phoenix Children’s trauma specialists were instrumental in developing the ATOMAC guidelines, so named for the consortium of Pediatric Level 1 ACS- verified pediatric trauma centers in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Memphis [Tennessee] and Arkansas. These algorithms guide providers to avoid unnecessary surgical treatments for spleen, liver, blunt neck and cervical spine injuries. The guidelines continue to be adopted by other pediatric trauma centers across the nation.
“When I spend time at Phoenix Children’s, I’m so inspired by the patients and how brave they are. Knowing they have their whole lives ahead of them motivates me to help and do what I can to make the hospital a better place.”