Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center
Children's Hospital is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
In June 1998, former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist signed the Emergency Medical Services for Children bill into law, requiring all Tennessee hospitals to maintain appropriate capability to provide pediatric emergency health care services to children who seek medical care for illness or injury at their facilities.
Under this law, each hospital in the state was required to self-designate according to the level of pediatric service offered. East Tennessee Children's Hospital designated that it would serve the families of East Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, a designation certified by the state of Tennessee on September 18, 2000. Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center is the highest level of certification for pediatric care.
As a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Children's Hospital offers full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment separated from adult care areas, as well as offering the services of many different pediatric subspecialties. Children's Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in this region receive trauma care at the institution most appropriate for the child's needs. Comprehensive centers also are responsible for assisting smaller hospitals to meet the requirements of their selected designations, primarily by providing pediatric health care training opportunities to these hospitals.
East Tennessee Children's Hospital was the first hospital in East Tennessee to be certified by the state as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
Tennessee was one of the first states in the country to enact such important standards for improving the health of children. The other levels of pediatric service that a hospital can designate itself are general pediatric emergency facility, primary pediatric emergency facility and basic pediatric emergency facility.
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Knoxville, TN 37916
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