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North Valley Hospital Receives PIN Award and Pediatric Preparedness Recognition

North Valley Hospital Announces Statewide Recognition Awards

WHITEFISH, MT – December 5, 2018: The North Valley Hospital Emergency Department has been recognized for pediatric preparedness by the Montana EMS & Trauma Systems Section of the DPHHS. This recognition acknowledges that the North Valley Hospital emergency room provides excellent emergency medical care with integrated pediatric care for severe illness or trauma. The certification was initially received in 2015 and is updated every three years.

“This recognition demonstrates our team's commitment to make our emergency department a comprehensive service for all community members,” says Stephanie Sugars-Morsett, Pediatric RN Coordinator. “We’re proud to provide high-quality care for all ages of patients to meet their needs.”

The National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center explains the program on the website stating, “The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a national multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children. The guidelines and resources are based on the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.”

Learn more about the certification here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/EMSTS/emsc

North Valley Hospital also recently received a Montana Rural Healthcare Performance Improvement Network award for increasing the influenza immunization rate of healthcare workers. The influenza vaccination rate of employees increased to 99%, which exemplifies North Valley Hospital’s commitment to protecting patients through quality and safety.

“North Valley Hospital is committed to patient safety, which includes our employees’ health,” said Tyler Hope, Quality and Patient Safety Analyst at North Valley Hospital. “We’ve worked with our Community and Employee Health Nurse and our quality team to ensure infection prevention is a priority across all departments, whether they are patient-facing or not. This makes our hospital safer for everyone.”