Specialized Emergency Care
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) is a designated Emergency
Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP).
What this means is that we have equipment specially designed for pediatric
patients and all of our staff are trained to meet the needs of children
of all ages. We have physicians and nurses who are trained and nationally
certified in both pediatric emergency medicine and advanced life support.
Because children are different from those of adults, children have a different
spectrum of disease and their smaller bodies require specialized medical
procedures and equipment that take in to account their size and stage
of development. Pediatric advocates feel that children in need of medical
care do better when taken care of by physicians and nurses who are trained
to attend to both a child's physical and emotional needs.
Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME)
No one wants to have to go to the Emergency Room, but sometimes life gets
in the way and you end up there whether you want to or not. Once there,
you want fast treatment and an accurate diagnosis so you can either get
back home or get into a hospital bed for admission. Rapid Medical Evaluation
(RME) is a new program in our Emergency Department (ED) that assures you
that a medical provider will assess your condition within minutes of arrival
inside the ED. RME means less time waiting!
Because the ED provides care for critical situations along with minor
illnesses such as ankle sprains, colds and sore throats, the RME process
quickly determines those that need immediate attention. With four ED areas
and a 23 hour observation area on the 6th floor, all types of emergencies
can be managed. The ED staffs a minimum of two physicians and one physician
assistant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During busy times, the staffing
can increase to as many as eight physicians and physician assistants.
We have a multi-specialty Physician call panel. Consultants from all specialties
are on call to come to the ED when needed.
Paramedic Base Station
PVHMC is one of two Paramedic Base Stations in Los Angeles County who work
to help coordinate the emergency caregivers in the community (Paramedics,
Emergency Medical Technicians, and fire personnel.) The Base Station is
staffed by specially trained Mobile Intensive Care Nurses (MICN) who work
via closed circuit radio to coordinate care in the field (community) and
to better prepare the ED staff for the imminent arrival of a critically
ill or injured patient. This service is provided to the communities of
Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Diamond Bar and Walnut.
Disaster Resource Center (DRC)
As the DRC for the region, PVHMC is responsible for helping to coordinate
eight to ten hospitals in the event of a regional disaster or a disaster
that involves more than one hospital. PVHMC has coordinated multiple drills
and training sessions and the sharing of plans to bring together the community
and our resources for disaster preparedness. PVHMC is one of 13 designated
DRCs in Los Angeles County and is also a part of the National BioTerrorism
Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP).
Safe Surrender Program
In January 2001 Senate Bill 1368 – the newborn Abandonment Prevention
Law – was enacted whereby a parent of a newborn, less than 72-hours
of age, can relinquish their baby anonymously, without fear of criminal
prosecution, to an employee at any hospital emergency department within
the state of California. PVHMC immediately embraced the new law in order
help save the lives of these infants.
PVHMC is very involved with its community through a variety of programs,
including the "Every 15 Minutes" program. This program educates
local high school students of the dangers of drinking and driving. Working
with local police and fire departments, ambulances, schools, and students
and their families, an accident is simulated outside of a high school.
Teenage students act the parts of the injured and deceased drivers and
passengers. Following the "accident" the Grim Reaper enters
a classroom every 15 minutes and escorts a student out of the room symbolizing
the fact that every 15 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver.
For more information on Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Emergency Department,
please call 909.865.9858.