November 2011 Online Connection
Emergency Department Expands
Earlier this month, the former PICU pod D in the East Building opened as an extension of the Emergency Department(ED).
The 16 additional exam rooms aid in the patient flow of ED volume, especially during peak hours.
This unit is fully staffed and allows the Hospital to better serve the needs of referring physicians and the community by increasing capacity, improving services and optimizing throughput.
If you have any questions about the ED expansion, please contact Tricia Coryea at (602) 546-1978 or Melissa Harte at (602) 546-1375.
Observation Unit Opens in Phoenix Children’s East Building
Phoenix Children’s Observation Unit/Care Area 1 E and F opened earlier this week in the East Building in the former PICU pods E and F. This area features 24 private rooms, including eight monitored beds.
Patients admitted to the unit have an observation accommodation status. Like the expansion of the Emergency Department, the opening of this unit is another step in the Hospital’s goal to better serve the needs of the community by increasing capacity, streamlining triage, modifying patient flow, improving services, optimizing throughput and reducing length of stay. The opening of this unit also increases Phoenix Children’s compliance with correct patient status.
How to Access the Observation Unit/Care Area 1 E and F:
If you require services, contact the Clinical Supervisor at (602) 361-9011. Patient placement is coordinated through the House Supervisor who can be reached at (602) 933-2337.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Polach, Care Area 6/Monitoring Unit/Observation Unit Manager, at (602) 933-5517.
Urgent Care Centers Available to Community Physicians for After-hours Patient Care
Phoenix Children's East and Northwest Valley urgent care centers are available Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and weekends from noon to 11 p.m., to provide after-hours care to the patients of community physicians.
The Hospital's urgent care centers are staffed by pediatric, emergency-trained physicians who provide care for children with a wide variety of conditions and also offer imaging and lab services. To reach the East Valley urgent care, call (480) 833-5437. To contact the Northwest Valley urgent care, call (623) 972-5437.
Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line Available for Admits, Consults, and ED Referrals
Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line, (602) 933-DOCS (3627), is available to community physicians for admissions, ED referrals, and Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG) subspecialty consultation. This is not a line to schedule appointments. If you have any questions please contact Lynda Christel, Physician Relations, at (602) 933-5873.
Please Plan to Attend Upcoming Webinar on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is hosting a webinar conducted by Robert Bell, children’s justice coordinator for Maricopa County and Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, on the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Associated Best Practices.
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, please contact Karen Pennington, Physician Relations, at (602) 933-3300.
Phoenix Children’s Unveils Free Car Seat Helper App
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center has unveiled a free “Car Seat Helper” app available at the iTunes App Store and Android Market. It’s an easy way for community physicians to help parents and caregivers choose the right car seat for their children at any age.
The “Car Seat Helper” app is based on the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and designed to help select the appropriate seat for a child’s age, height and weight. The app also helps users find local resources for correct car seat installation, making it a convenient resource for families throughout the United States.
In addition to those benefits, the “Car Seat Helper” app offers information about all car seat types with instructional videos and eye-opening facts related to car seats.
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), properly installed and used child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injuries in infants by 71 percent and 54 percent in children from ages 1 to 4.
For more information, contact Angelica Baker, child passenger safety coordinator, at (602) 933-3353.