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Pediatric Emergency Ready Kansas (PERK) is our statewide pediatric facility recognition program. It's completely voluntary and there is no fee to apply or be recognized. All emergency departments in Kansas are welcome and encouraged to apply!
Facilities that participate in a pediatric medical recognition program are more likely to be compliant with accreditation compliance requirements for pediatric patients.
Facilities that have participated in a statewide pediatric facility recognition program have a higher average weighted pediatric readiness score than non-participating facilities.
Facility participation in pediatric facility recognition has been linked to better pediatric care provision and improved family and patient perceptions of the care provided.
Interested facilities can download the application packet and eligibility requirements (PDF). Once the desired recognition level has been determined, the facility will submit a completed application packet to the PERK team. The facility will then be contacted by one of the PERK survey team to provide links to the secure submission platform for document upload, and to schedule a site survey date for the Emergency Department visit.
Note: At this time site visits will be conducted virtually through a video-conferencing platform.
If you have any questions or want to discuss the process in greater detail please email Brittney Nichols or call 785-213-1454.