Torrington Community Hospital recognized as Pediatric Receiving Facility


Community Hospital has been recognized as a “Pediatric Receiving Facility” by the Wyoming Department of Health’s Wyoming Emergency Medical Services for Children and Wyoming Hospital Preparedness programs.

“Children require specialized tools, training and preparedness to make sure they get the best care possible, when they need it most,” said Brandon Kelley, Wyoming EMSC program manager. “The pediatric recognition program is intended to organize the work that Wyoming’s emergency departments do every day to our state’s kids.”

Community Hospital is the first facility to be recognized as a Pediatric Receiving Facility and was part of the program’s pilot phase. Kelley said every hospital in Wyoming could obtain this recognition with just a little effort.

The Wyoming Pediatric Recognition program is an evidence-based approach to ensuring minimum services, equipment, disaster preparedness and staff competencies are in place in a facility that may treat an acutely injured or ill child in Wyoming. The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state partnership grant and completely voluntary.

“Dr. Bonnie Randolph and the team at Community Hospital immediately saw this as something they had to do for the people they serve,” Kelley said. “They committed to meeting the measures in the program, trained, organized and closed every gap we found in the process – not because they had to – but because they saw the benefit and decided to accept nothing less.”

“Banner Health and Torrington Community Hospital are dedicated to our mission of making healthcare easier and life better for patients every day,” CEO of Banner Torrington Community Hospital Zachary Miller said. “Part of that is to ensure that we have a team of highly trained care givers and adhere to the highest clinical standards. Being part of Banner allows us unfettered access to the same clinical protocols utilized in very large academic medical centers and tertiary hospitals. 

“This work lead by Tamera Brown, RN Emergency Room Manager, and Dr. Bonnie Randolph, ED Medical Director, should provide a great deal of comfort to our community, knowing that when their child is at their most vulnerable, their local community hospital will respond with the utmost skill and compassion.”

The aim of Wyoming’s Pediatric Facility Recognition Program is to ensure that the great work done in our emergency departments is recognized in a way that shows the commitment the local staff and hospitals have for the pediatric population of our state.

“We know that our hospital’s take great care of our sick and injured kids and this program gives the facility a chance to show it by increasing their scores on the National Pediatric Readiness Project,” Kelley added.

More information on the National Pediatric Readiness Project, Wyomnig’s past performance and upcoming measurements can be found at https://emscimprovement.center/domains/hospital-based-care/pediatric-readiness-project/

Additional information about Wyoming Recognition Program can be obtained by contacting Brandon Kelley at [email protected]

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