December Online Connection
Adebayo Atolagbe, MD, Hospitalist
Constantine Djedjos, MD, Hospitalist
Stephanie Nevins, MD, Anesthesiology
Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently received a six-year “Accreditation with Commendation” from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all 22 of the council’s accreditation criteria.
A letter from council Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, MS (Comm), FRCPC, sent to Phoenix Children’s stated: “The ACCME congratulates you and commends your organization for not only meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements (C1-15), but for demonstrating that yours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians you serve. You have demonstrated an engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is a part of a system for quality improvement.”
The “Accreditation with Commendation” designation was based on the review of Phoenix Children’s self study report, evidence of performance-in-practice, and the accreditation interview.
The ACCME's mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities.
The ACCME fulfills its mission through a voluntary self-regulated system for accrediting CME providers and a peer-review process responsive to changes in medical education and the health care delivery system.
Congratulations to Phoenix Children’s Continuing Medical Education Department for this lofty achievement.
On Monday, Jan. 31, five Phoenix Children’s outpatient clinics open for business on the second floor of the Hospital’s new tower.
The Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Divisions of Pediatric Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology begin offering outpatient clinical services on that day, representing the initial phase of the transition to the new main campus tower.
The grand opening of the new Hospital is scheduled for mid-2011 and includes the move of children receiving inpatient care at Phoenix Children’s from the existing tower to the new building.
The $588-million expansion started in 2008 in response to a growing need for inpatient beds for Arizona children and a burgeoning demand for pediatric specialty and subspecialty medical care.
On Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at 5 a.m., Phoenix Children’s Hospital began respiratory virus visitor restrictions.
During respiratory virus restrictions, individuals must be at least 12 years old to visit with patients who are hospitalized. Children less than 12 years old are not allowed past the front lobby and may not be left unattended in this area. Signage is posted at all Hospital entrances with visitor information. Educational handouts for families and visitors will be available in patient care areas.
The Hospital will continue to monitor respiratory viruses being seen in the community. We realize that individualized circumstances may need to be considered on a case by case basis. Please call Infection Prevention and Control for assistance with these needs.
We appreciate your cooperation as we enter the respiratory virus season.
Questions can be directed to Infection Prevention and Control at (602) 546-0830 or administrative coordinators, clinical coordinators, and managers.
The Research Awards Committee (RAC) would like to congratulate the following investigators who received RAC award funding. Phoenix Children’s is committed to supporting innovative research ideas to promote advances in pediatric health. The Hospital has allocated funds for the RAC awards to be used as seed money for the development of innovative research ideas that can lead to successful extramural funding.
P. David Adelson, MD, Principal Investigator
Study Title- “Experimental Post-Traumatic Epileptogenesis”
Pooja Hingorani, MD, Principal Investigator
Study Title- “Development of Comprehensive Tissue Microarrays Using Archived Tumor Samples of Patients with High Risks Pediatric Sarcomas”
Mark Hostetler, MD, Principal Investigator
Study Title- “Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Standard Versus Positive Pressure Nebulization in Infants with Bronchiolitis to Reduce Hospital Admissions”
Greg Cowan, MD, Principal Investigator
Study Title- “To Evaluate Which Asthma Controller, Inhaled Corticosteroids alone or Inhaled Corticosteroids and Montelukast Combined, Will Reduce Asthma Exacerbation Symptom Scores During Increased Exposure to Environmental Pollutant Levels in Inner-City, Asthmatic School Age Children Seen on a Mobile Clinic Called the Breathmobile”
Medical research always needs patient specimens and associated clinical data. In recent years, great interest has been given to produce standards for collection and storage of specimens for research. Unfortunately, the majority of this research is devoted to adult disorders or is limited to specific diseases.
One of the goals of Phoenix Children’s Hospital is to support research activities that lead to opportunities to enhance patient care and treatment. Under the guidance of David Carpentieri, MD, the Phoenix Children’s Biorepository is meeting this goal by providing the Hospital and outside collaborators technical and administrative support to obtain and properly manage a wide variety of coded tissue, cells, and fluid samples with associated data to further research that may ultimately benefit children.
These patient related biological specimens will be collected, processed, and stored by the biorepository team according to standard collection, processing, and storage procedures. The goal is to bank these specimens and have them available to place in the hands of qualified research investigators. These samples will be available for studies designed to determine the cause of diseases, identify markers for diagnosis, and define new treatments.
For more information on Phoenix Children’s Biorepository, please contact David Carpentieri, MD.
Phoenix Children’s One Call Physician Assistance Line, (602) 546-DOCS (3627), is available to community physicians 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 manager, at (602) 546-5873.
Dec. 21: Grand Rounds: “Pediatric Thrombosis,” Christine Knoll, MD, and Sanjay Shah, MD
Jan. 7: Trauma Grand Rounds: “ATV Injuries,” Tom Gillespie, MD