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West Virginia Office of
Emergency Medical Services

350 Capitol Street
Room 425
Charleston, WV 25301

Toll Free: 1-888--747-8367
OEMS Phone: (304) 558-3956
OEMS Fax: (304) 558-8379
Trauma Phone: (304) 290-9307
Trauma Fax: (304) 558-8379

Always Ready for Kids Program Recognition Process

Always Ready for Kids Program Recognition process is as follows:

  1. Each interested hospital will complete the application and Always Ready for Kids (ARK) document indicating everything is in place to schedule an ARK site evaluation.  This completed document should be e-mailed to Vicki Hildreth, EMSC Coordinator, at or via facsimile at (304) 558-8379. If the document is faxed, it is helpful to send an e-mail alerting Vicki Hildreth.
  2. After receipt of the application and document, the EMS for Children Program will review to ensure that all criteria are met.
  3. If your facility meets these criteria, Vicki Hildreth will coordinate a site visit with the ARK Evaluation Team and your Hospital.  Please understand this is not a typical site visit that hospitals are accustomed.  It is a Pediatrician, two nurses, and the EMSC Coordinator that evaluate your facility. The document that you complete is what will be used to evaluate your facility.
  4. If by chance a facility does not meet, The EMSC Coordinator will send an e-mail to the hospital contact person detailing any issues that exist.

As a result of your hospital having completed the National Pediatric Readiness Project, you have access to an online readiness toolkit that will help you address policy, procedural or protocol issues you may have. It contains some very useful information in preparing for ARK recognition.

For a copy of the "ARK HOSPITAL SITE EVALUATION REQUEST Form" click on the desired format below:

  1. Adobe PDF Document
  2. Word Office 2010 Document


Should you have questions, please contact:

Vicki L. Hildreth, BA, EMT-B Coordinator
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
EMS for Children
350 Capitol Street
Room 425
Charleston, WV  25301
(304) 558-3956 (Voice)
(304) 558-8379 (Fax)

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