Children’s Hospital of Michigan Joins Emergency Preparedness Consortium

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Joins Emergency Preparedness Consortium

DETROIT — Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been selected to become part of a pilot project to improve disaster response capabilities at hospitals in the United States.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan, along with five other children’s hospitals in the Midwest, will become part of the Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Consortium for Disaster Response as a Center of Excellence. The consortium will be funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

“At Children’s Hospital of Michigan, we specialize in children and in the event of a disaster it’s our job to ensure the most vulnerable among us are cared for appropriately. This grant will allow us to share our pediatric expertise with our community by developing best practices for a coordinated emergency response model.” says Luanne Thomas Ewald, Children’s Hospital of Michigan CEO. “We are proud to be leading one of the only Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence in the country, and I commend all of the hospitals that are participating in this research for their critical commitment to children.”

The creation of the consortium is designed to address the care needs of pediatric patients in a public health emergencies and disaster situation. The hospitals that make up the Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Consortium for Disaster Response as a Center of Excellence will:

  • Develop a coordinated pediatric disaster care capability for pediatric patient care in disasters
  • Strengthen pediatric disaster preparedness plans and health care system coordination related to pediatric medical surge in disasters
  • Enhance statewide and regional medical surge capacity for pediatric patients
  • Increase and maintain health care professional competency through the development and delivery of a standardized training program
  • Enhance situational awareness of pediatric disaster care capabilities and capacity and assess regional pediatric readiness

According to the ASPR, children, who represent 25% of the U.S. population, face specialized medical issues, given their unique developmental and physiologic characteristics. Regionally based pediatric disaster care capability is needed to manage the overwhelming and unique medical needs of children affected by disaster. This is especially true in hospitals that do not specialize in pediatric care.

“Combining our resources in this collaborative effort, allows us to identify best practices and bridge existing gaps in disaster care for children and families. This opportunity brings together six outstanding Children’s’ Hospitals to lead the nations response in all aspects of caring for children during a disaster,” said Ronald Ruffing, M.D.,  chief of emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In addition to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the consortium includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, CS Mott Children’s Hospital/University of Michigan, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital/Spectrum Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Photo Credit: Children’s Hospital of Michigan

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan,

For over 130 years, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been dedicated to providing high quality care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment. With more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialty services, the hospital draws patients from nearly every Michigan County, 39 additional states, and 22 countries, annually and provides the highest level of pediatric specialty care available for children.  It is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for children and sees more children than any hospital in the state.

*Photos courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Lindsey Jenn

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