St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department Reapproved for Pediatric Care

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St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department reapprovedSt. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department has been reapproved as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Since 1985, St. Mary has earned the EDAP designation. According to L.A. County guidelines, an Emergency Department must adhere to strict requirements for policies, procedures, and protocols; administration/coordination; personnel; quality improvement; support services; and equipment, supplies, and medications in order to qualify as an EDAP facility. “We are proud to have achieved this designation once again, which demonstrates that we are dedicated to offering the highest level of care to the children of our community,” said Dr. Stephen Shea, St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department Director.

In addition to its quality pediatric care, St. Mary Medical Center is rated in the top 5% nationally in Emergency Medicine and Patient Safety (HealthGrades), and is home to a Level II Trauma Center and Disaster Resource Center.

June is National Safety Month, an ideal time for parents to learn water, playground, fire, food, and toy safety to ensure their children are protected from harm this summer. Dr. Shea recommends that children learn the importance of 911 and parents learn basic CPR and first aid. Keeping poisons out of a child’s reach is also vital and can be life-saving. For more information, please go to http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/.

About St. Mary Medical Center
St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, has provided quality healthcare in Long Beach and the surrounding area since 1923. With more than 500 physicians, 1,456 employees and 389 patient beds,   St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org .

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