March 2012 Online Connection
Matthew Bennett, MD, Urgent Care
The Sleep Study Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is dedicated to treating a variety of problems that compromise healthy sleeping habits and keep children and their parents from having a comfortable night’s rest. It is one of only a few comprehensive pediatric clinics of its kind in the country.
The clinic addresses several disorders, including sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, nightmares, REM behavior disorder, sleep paralysis, sleep terrors, somniloquy, somnambulism, and delayed sleep phase syndrome.
Located on the Hospital’s main campus, Phoenix Children’s Sleep Study Clinic, includes a two-bed neurodiagnostic lab that uses state-of-the-art technology.
The team is made up of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and psychologists. Phoenix Children’s boasts Arizona’s only two board-certified, pediatric sleep medicine physicians who are uniquely qualified to care for children of all ages living with sleep disorders.
Pulmonologist Rupali Drewek, MD, is the co-director of the Sleep Study Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and works alongside Neurologist Matthew Troester, MD, who also co-leads the clinic. Together, they lead a multidisciplinary team committed to providing the best physical and emotional support to children with sleep disorders and their families.
Last week, Phoenix Children’s Hospital held the groundbreaking of Phoenix Children’s newest specialty and urgent care facility, the Southwest Valley Center in Avondale, which is scheduled to open early 2013. Hospital executives and community leaders attended the event to dedicate the construction site and launch a $5 million capital campaign to complete construction.
This is the latest in a series of satellite centers that bring care closer to home for patients and community pediatricians throughout the state. Phoenix Children’s already offers specialty and urgent care in the East and Northwest Valleys. The Hospital will also open a Scottsdale location in June 2012.
Additionally, Phoenix Children’s operates specialty care centers at Mercy Gilbert and in Yuma. A third specialty care center is also scheduled to open in Flagstaff in the coming months.
Children’s Heart Center Division Chief of PCMG Cardiology Stephen Pophal, MD, is the winner of the 2012 AZ Business Magazine Health Care Leadership Award in the “Physician” category.
Pophal specializes in the care of children with complex congenital heart defects and was instrumental in developing and implementing the only neonatal and pediatric heart failure/transplantation treatment program in Arizona.
Approximately 10 to 15 Arizona children require transplants annually. Before Pophal helped create the local program, families were forced to travel elsewhere to obtain the life-saving medical services they required.
Pophal’s efforts have played a critical role in improving access to care for Arizona patients, saving lives, keeping families together, controlling the cost of care, and keeping health care dollars in the local economy.
Additionally, Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery John Nigro, MD, was a finalist in the "Surgery" category, in recognition of his program leadership and expertise in caring for children with congenital heart defects and heart transplant patients.
Congratulations, Dr. Pophal and Dr. Nigro, on these achievements. To refer a patient to the Children’s Heart Center, please call (602) 933-3366.
Phoenix Children’s Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Hospital’s epilepsy program, Jeffrey Buchhalter, MD, PhD, is a member of the advisory board of the International Symposium on Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy and Other Neurological Diseases, an event taking place in September in Chicago, Ill.
The symposium is held by the Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy, an organization Buchhalter serves as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board. For more information: www.charliefoundation.org/.
Additionally, Buchhalter is co-director of the Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy Conference, being held this June in Evanston, Ill. This international conference is the first to be dedicated to the problem of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The conference will bring together basic and clinical scientists, advocacy organizations and the lay public to collaborate on research and education. For more information: www.aesnet.org/PAME.
Congratulations, Dr. Buchhalter on your participation in these internationally recognized events.
The following Phoenix Children’s Hospital physicians’ were recently published:
P. David Adelson, MD, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, co-authored two articles:
- “Guidelines for the Acute Medical Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Infants, Children and Adolescents” in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
- “Common Data Elements for Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Recommendations from the Working Group on Demographics and Clinical Assessment” in Journal of Neurotrauma.
Kaleo Ede, MD, Rheumatology, co-authored “Assessing the Performance of the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score at Diagnosis for Children with Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-associated Vasculitis in A Registry for Childhood Vasculitis (ARChiVe)” in Journal of Rheumatology.
If you’d like to read any of these journal articles, please contact Medical Librarian Kathy Zeblisky at extension (602) 933-4248.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital extends it warmest wishes to community physicians on National Doctors’ Day. The celebration is held every year on March 30. It is a day to honor the contributions of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. The first Doctors’ Day observance was in 1933, in Winder, Ga. Mrs. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor those physicians both living and deceased who had played a role in so many people’s lives. The red carnation is commonly associated with National Doctors’ Day because it symbolizes the qualities of love, charity, sacrifice, bravery and courage. Thank you for your service.
The Hospital’s One Call Physician Assistance Line, (888) 933-DOCS (3627), is always available to you for admissions and ED referrals to our main campus location and Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG) subspecialty consultation.
SAVE THE DATE - The Arizona Asthma Coalition will hold its annual conference on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The theme of the conference is health care reform and its impact on asthma care. There will be an update on the current status of reform, with discussions of its implications for health care delivery (specifically asthma care for adults and children). An update on asthma management and a case conference will also be included. CME credits will be provided. Watch for registration materials in February.
For further information contact Judy Harris, MS, RN, CPNP.
Phoenix Children’s was named the winner of Best Healthcare Project in recognition of the 2011 completion of its main campus expansion at the 7th Annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards reception, an event hosted by Arizona Commercial Real Estate. A record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona.