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Delaware completed the initial phase of development of its new Statewide Pediatric System through recognition of Delaware’s hospitals as Pediatric Emergency Care Facilities (PECF) on December 30, 2011. Every Delaware acute care hospital that treats children voluntarily chose to participate in this new program. It required them to meet state standards, submit a lengthy application, and be visited by a state review team.
The EMSC Standards Committee, a group of 19 Delaware clinical experts, worked since 2007 to develop the PECF Recognition Program with the goal of standardizing emergency medical care for children statewide. The committee reviewed documents adopted in other states such as Illinois, California, and Tennessee as models for the Delaware program.
Delaware hospitals are recognized as PECF Level I - III. There are one Level 1, one Level 2, and six Level 3 recognized facilities.
Facility Recognition Resource
For more information, please contact the program office.