Published on March 21, 2017

Altru Ambulance Services Achieves “Pediatric Prepared” Recognition from State Emergency Medical Services for Children Program

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Ambulance Services recently achieved recognition as being a “Pediatric Prepared” ambulance service by the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children program. In order to be named a Pediatric Prepared service, applicant agencies must achieve program standards in carrying pediatric equipment, receiving appropriate training and providing community outreach. As part of the voluntary recognition program, Altru Ambulance Services was awarded a certificate of honor, as well as decals for the service’s ambulances.

“Over 600,000 children are transported by ambulance every year in the United States, so making sure that EMS agencies are prepared to transport and treat those children is a priority,” said Elizabeth Pihlaja, program manager of the North Dakota EMS for Children program. “North Dakota’s emergency personnel work hard to ensure they are ready to care for kids, and we wanted to provide recognition for that time and effort. If you see the Pediatric Prepared decals on your community’s ambulance, be proud – it shows they are willing to go above and beyond to help the children in your community.” 

If you would like more information on the North Dakota EMS for Children Pediatric Prepared Voluntary Ambulance Recognition Program, please contact Elizabeth Pihlaja at or 701.328.2953. If you would like more information about Altru Ambulance Services and its activities, please contact Art Culver at or 701.780.1551.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.