April 2010 Online Connection

April 2010 Online Connection



New Additions to the Medical Staff

Phoenix Children's President and CEO Announces Support for Proposition 100 in May 18 Special Election

Hospital's Extracorporeal Life Support Program Receives Lofty Designation

Pulmonologist Receives Sleep Medicine Board Certification

Phoenix Children's One Call Physician Assistance Line Now Available

Webinars Available Online

Hospital's Teen Tot Program Receives Grant

Down Syndrome Event for Families

Meet Dr. Stephanie Zimmerman, Medical Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics

Latest 2010 Construction Activities

Upcoming Events

New Additions to the Medical Staff

Peter Chanin, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist

Ana Maria Sierra De Aragon, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist

Lauren Stegman, MD, Radiation Oncology

Walter Villanueva, DDS, Dentistry

In the News

Phoenix Children's President and CEO Announces Support for Proposition 100 in May 18 Special Election: On May 18, Arizonans will be asked to vote on Proposition 100, a temporary one-cent sales tax increase, to help the state get its budget back on track. Phoenix Children's President and CEO Bob Meyer has announced his support for Proposition 100, saying, "Nobody wants to pay more taxes. But the cuts thus far have been draconian. If we don't pass Prop 100, the additional cuts our state will have to make will be devastating."

See more about what Bob Meyer has to say about Prop 100. Visit http://yeson100.com/ for more information about Prop 100.

Please keep in mind that early voting starts April 22. Request an early voting ballot.

Hospital's Extracorporeal Life Support Program Receives Lofty Designation: Phoenix Children's ECMO team has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

The organization created the "Excellence in Life Support" award to recognize and acknowledge extraordinary achievement in the following three categories:

  • Excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication that supports the ELSO guidelines and contributes to a healing environment.
  • Excellence in patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence.
  • Excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO.

Here is a blurb from the award letter:

"You are awarded this honor due to the overall excellence of your program. Your initial training of Specialists and Physicians is exemplary. You have a comprehensive continuing education program that includes frequent water drill training, lectures, and impressive guest speakers. You have shown a singular commitment to excellence with your efforts in performance improvement."

Congratulations to the ECMO team for this significant achievement!

Pulmonologist Receives Sleep Medicine Board Certification: Phoenix Children's pediatric pulmonologist Rupali Drewek, MD, recently achieved board certification in sleep medicine, becoming the only physician in the state triple-boarded in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, and sleep medicine.

She is currently accepting referrals to the Hospital's Sleep Study Clinic, whose team consists of a multidisciplinary group of clinical professionals whose primary focus is providing pediatric-specific care for children living with sleep disorders and their families.

The Sleep Study team includes Drewek, nurses, respiratory therapy, neurodiagnostics, and psychology, all of them specially trained to work with children of all ages. The Hospital's sleep lab utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic technology.

The clinic staff cares for a variety of sleep conditions that include, but are not limited to, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, nightmares, REM behavior disorder, sleep paralysis, sleep terrors, somniloquy, somnambulism, and delayed sleep phase syndrome. To make a referral, please call (602) 546-0985.

Phoenix Children's One Call Physician Assistance Line Now Available: Phoenix Children's Hospital is pleased to announce its One Call Physician Assistance Line, (602) 546-DOCS (3627). The line is a one-stop-shop number for admissions, ED referrals, and Phoenix Children's Medical Group (PCMG) subspecialty consultation. This is not a line to schedule appointments. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Christel, Physician Relations, at (602) 546-5873.

Webinars Available Online: Phoenix Children's Webinars for community physicians are now available here. Learn more about IBD, the Hospital's Neuro-NICU, pediatric headaches, and a variety of other clinical subjects, at your convenience.

Hospital's Teen Tot Program Receives Grant: Michelle Huddleston, MD, Medical Staff Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine, and Sarah Beaumont, MD, received a $129,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for the Teen Tot Clinic at Phoenix Children's. Congratulations to the clinic and Drs. Huddleston and Beaumont. Learn more about the Teen Tot Clinic.

Down Syndrome Event for Families:

What: Down Syndrome – Recent Advances in Medical Treatment

When: Saturday, May 22, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Children's Hospital, Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza, 1920 East Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85006

This is a free event. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage. Sorry, no respite is care provided. Enter the campus off 20th Street and Cambridge Avenue, two blocks south of Thomas Road.

For more information, please contact Karen Pennington, Physician Relations, at (602) 546-3300. Register for this event now.

Meet Dr. Stephanie Zimmerman, Medical Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics: Dr. Stephanie Zimmerman has been a member of Phoenix Children's Medical Staff since 2001. She came to the Hospital after completing her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and child abuse training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Although Dr. Zimmerman initially worked as an attending physician in the Emergency Department, it was clear there was a need for a someone to spearhead the development of a child abuse team, and she jumped at the challenge.

She pioneered the development of the Hospital's inpatient Forensic CARE Team and has been instrumental in many of Phoenix Children's injury prevention efforts. Dr. Zimmerman recently became one of the first pediatricians in the nation to be board certified in the treatment of pediatric child abuse.

Currently Dr. Zimmerman is the Medical Director of the Hospital's Section of Child Abuse Pediatrics, which is comprised of four physicians, one certified pediatric nurse practitioner, and two social workers.

Dr. Zimmerman, who continues to work as an attending in the Emergency Department, has created curriculum for medical students, residents, and fellows around child abuse education.

She also has a presence in the community as a staunch advocate for children, serves on many committees, and collaborates with outside agencies that work directly with families suspected of child maltreatment.

If you have questions about any form of child maltreatment, please contact the Pediatric Forensics Program Hotline at (602) 546-5058.

Latest 2010 Construction Activities: The Hospital expansion 50 percent completion video is live on our YouTube page and our internet sites:


Take a virtual tour of the new tower.

For updates on the Phoenix Children's construction project or to leave a message, call the Construction Hotline at (602) 546-2915.

Upcoming Events

April 27: Grand Rounds – "Celiac Disease in Childhood - Who to Test and How to Test," Ivor Hill, MD

May 13: For physicians – "Pectus Excavatum and Chest Wall Deformities in Children and Adults: An Update," Dawn Jaroszewski, MD, Lisa E. McMahon, MD, and David Notrica, MD

May 20: For physicians – "Vaginal Abnormalities and Obstructions in Teenagers," Kathleen Graziano, MD, Diane F. Merritt, MD, and Kelly Roy, MD

May 21: For physicians – "Sports Medicine Update: Specialized Care of the Young Athlete"

May 22: For patients and families – "Down Syndrome – Recent Advances in Medical Treatment"

For more information on events, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com and click on the Education & Classes link.

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