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December Notes from the Medical Staff President

To the Medical Staff: The New Year arrived with an arctic chill, but living in Northeast Ohio we know it can change quickly, and warmer weather is here for a few days. I hope you all enjoyed a safe, happy holiday season and had downtime to spend with family and friends. I want to thank […]

New providers join medical staff in December

Meet the new physicians and advanced practice providers granted privileges by the Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Staff Executive Committee. Find all of our healthcare providers on Find A Provider by name, specialty or location. Advanced Practice Providers Emily Keller, PA-C Anastacia Shaffer, PA-C Akron Children’s Hospital – Pediatric General Surgery Main Hospital Building, Suite 8400 One Perkins […]

Patient Experience Scorecard for November 2017

Congratulations to the following providers who scored in the 99th to 85th percentile in November with 30 or more Press Ganey patient surveys. Provider                               Department 99th Percentile Sarah Tellalian-Adams, MD              Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics John […]

Inpatient flu vaccine protocol: November update

Global Goal: Prevent morbidity and mortality from influenza, especially for our high risk population (by default, most of our hospitalized population) Smart Aim: Increase our percentage of eligible hospitalized patients receiving influenza vaccines prior to discharge by 15% for the 2017-2018 influenza season at all Akron Children’s Hospital acute care units. Secondary Aim: Increase percentage […]

Multidisciplinary care essential in successful cleft lip/palate repair

In the May 2017 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report entitled “The Primary Care Pediatrician and the Care of Children With Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate.” The report stressed the importance of children receiving their specialty cleft-related care from a multidisciplinary cleft or craniofacial team with adequate volumes to […]

Concussion services now available at more locations

Akron Children’s offers follow-up care for children who have suffered a concussion through two programs. Our Sports Medicine Program specializes in patients and athletes needing clearance to return to play. The Brain Injury Program in our NeuroDevelopmental Science Center treats children of any age with serious or prolonged neurological symptoms from a concussion or non-accidental […]

Web tool helps providers better manage hyperbilirubinemia

To make it easier for our providers to follow AAP guidelines on hyperbilirubinemia and reduce the likelihood of human error in calculations and plotting, we have integrated BiliToolTM into Epic. This website helps clinicians assess the risk of hyperbilirubinemia in newborns over 35 weeks gestational age. BiliTool follows AAP guidelines for hyperbilirubinemia that were first […]

Research studies published in November

Congratulations to these Akron Children’s investigators who had research published in November 2017. Kerwyn Jones, MD: Allowing one quadrant of patellar lateral translation during medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction successfully limits maltracking without overconstraining the patella; Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy; November 11, 2017, advance online publication. Michael E. Kelly, MD, PhD: Analyzing the genetic spectrum of vascular anomalies with […]

APP December Update: Ohio House Bill 216

With the passage of Ohio House Bill 216, this year brought several changes to APRN practice in our state. This month, I will focus on signature and credential questions. Prior to the passage of HB 216, APRNs were licensed as registered nurses with a certificate of authority to practice as an APRN in a specific […]

Notes from the Medical Staff President

To the Medical Staff: As November came to a close, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. December is now upon us with much to look forward to this holiday season. Bill Considine, who has been an exceptional leader for our organization for the past 38 years, has recently published a book entitled, “Leadership.” In […]