Pediatric Facility Recognition

Montana's Pediatric Facility Recognition Criteria has Two Levels of Recognition

Montana’s voluntary certification program recognizes hospitals that meet specific criteria for personnel training, equipment, and facilities that support optimal care for ill or injured infants, children, and adolescents.

Pediatric Prepared Facility

Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care, a voluntary program recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated their ability to provide advanced pediatric care for the majority of pediatric medical emergencies including illness and injury.  Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care is a partnership between hospitals, physicians, nurses, emergency personnel and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program at the Montana Department of Health and Human Services EMS & Trauma Systems and Child Ready MT.

Hospitals Recognized as a PEDIATRIC PREPARED Facility:

Facility City
St. Vincent Health Care Billings
Northern Montana Hospital Havre
North Valley Hospital Whitefish
Beartooth Billings Clinic Red Lodge
Kalispell Regional Healthcare Kalispell
Billings Clinic Billings
St. Patrick/Providence Hospital Missoula
Benefis Health System Great Falls
Community Medical Center Missoula
Bozeman Health Bozeman
St. James Healthcare Butte

Pediatric Capable Facility

Pediatric-Capable Emergency Care, a voluntary program recognizing hospitals that have the ability to provide limited pediatric care and have a system in place to transfer to a pediatric prepared facility.

Hospitals Recognized as a PEDIATRIC CAPABLE Facility:

Facility City
Stillwater Billings Clinic Columbus
Phillips County Hospital Malta
Central Montana Medical Center Lewistown
Community Hospital of Anaconda Anaconda
Big Horn County Memorial Hospital Hardin
Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center Scobey
Pondera Medical Center Conrad

(October 2019)

What we hope to accomplish:

Regional Council will be comprised of Providers, Nurses, Midlevel Providers, EMS, and clinical support staff. We recognize that each region has both similarities and differences.

We are working towards a state wide goal of standards of care for pediatrics to help ensure the right care, in the right place, at the right time with the right resources no matter where the child lives.

The MT EMSC and Child Ready MT will be scheduling Pediatric Facility Recognition Site visits with Montana hospitals in the near future.  Assessments will be conducted using the Montana Pediatric Facility Recognition Criteria. The new Montana Pediatric Facility Recognition Criteria follow the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has given their endorsement as well!

The application packet will include the following: 

The following forms are currently offline pending conversion for ADA compliance. Contact Robin Suzor for assistance.

We look forward to working with you.  For further information or questions, please contact Robin Suzor, EMSC Program Manager at (406) 444-0901 or