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New CT scanner produces 3D models of the heart to improve patient outcomes

Dr. Wasim Khan is pioneering new, innovative approaches to cardiovascular diagnostics and surgery to improve patient outcomes. Through the use of ...

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EpicCare Link helps referring physicians access patient information

EpicCare Link is a secure and convenient way for referring physicians to receive information stored in Akron Children’s EMR. As ...

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New guidelines for NG, OG tube insertion, care and removal

In 2012, the Child Health Patient Safety Organization and ECRI Institute reported that Nasogastric (NG) or Orogastric (OG) tube misplacement ...

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Up Close: Meet Dr. Costello

Dr. Mary Costello loves children and loves making them better even more. As medical director of Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley emergency ...

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What’s New:

NeuroDevelopmental Science Center: Looking ahead after 10 years

The NeuroDevelopmental Science Center (NDSC) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, commemorating a decade of immense growth. What began as the first multidisciplinary center of its kind in Ohio with 11 staff members now numbers more than 40 caregivers, including 11 neurologists, 3 developmental behavioral pediatricians, 2 neurosurgeons, 4 physiatrists, 3 neuropsychologists, 4 psychologists and several advanced practice […]

New medical staff providers approved in July

Anesthesiology Laura Lynne Caparso, CRNA Anesthesiology Department Akron Children’s Hospital Phone: (330) 543-8823 Fax: (330) 543-3593 Cardiology Brandon Matthew Smith, MD Heart Center Akron Children’s Hospital Phone: (330) 543-8520 Fax: (330) 543-3850 Emergency Medicine Sonia Varma, MD Emergency Medicine Fellow Akron Children’s Hospital Phone: (330) 543-8452 Fax: (330) 543-3761 Meghan Bridget Williams, MD Emergency Medicine […]

July Notes from the Medical Staff President

As of July 1, Dr. Mary Toth finished her term as president. As I assume this role, I think it only appropriate that this term begin with hearty congratulations to Dr. Toth on a job well done.

ICD-10 Tips: Initial vs subsequent encounter

In preparing for the ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, I’d like to provide a few educational points as we identify opportunities for improvement. For several diagnoses, the Diagnosis Calculator in Epic will prompt providers to choose between “initial encounter” and “subsequent encounter.” For coding and billing purposes, this should be viewed from the patient’s perspective and […]

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