May 2012 Online Connection
Throughout our industry, there’s been a great deal of discussion about health care reform. Over the past several months, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been working diligently to identify exactly what it all means for pediatric providers in Arizona. Though we don’t yet know the outcome of decisions being made at the federal level, we do know that a focus on providing quality care and managing costs benefits all of us.
Consequently, Phoenix Children’s is exploring what we’re calling a Clinically Integrated Organization (CIO). The organization would be a partnership among community physicians, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, all focused on the delivery of high-quality, coordinated, cost-effective pediatric care. Providers who join such a network would have the ability to develop value-based purchasing strategies with payers and avail themselves of other network benefits.
As a valued member of Arizona’s pediatric physician community and someone who is familiar with Phoenix Children’s, you are cordially invited to a Town Hall Meeting where members of Phoenix Children’s senior leadership will share findings from a recent study on the needs and priorities of our community pediatricians and their perspectives on clinical integration. More than 60 community pediatricians provided input for the initial phase of this project – whether you were part of that group or not, we value your opinion and invite you to be part of the ongoing discussion.
Our early discussions focused on evaluating a conceptual framework for a CIO, determining what benefits community physicians would value, and identifying obstacles we’re likely to face and how we might collaboratively overcome those obstacles. We’re eager to share the results and hear your feedback.
For your convenience, the Town Halls will be held in various locations so you may select the one that works best for you:
- Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 6 p.m.
- Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza, 1920 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85006
- Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 6 p.m.
- McAuley Conference Room, 3rd floor, Mercy Gilbert Medical Plaza, 3420 S. Mercy Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297
- Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 6 p.m.
- Pima Room, 19888 N. 73rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308
To RSVP for one of the town halls, please contact Karen Pennington at (602) 933-3300.
It is our goal to keep you informed and involved as we continue through this process. Thank you for your engagement and your ongoing commitment to provide exceptional pediatric care to our community’s young patients and their families.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a period dedicated to drawing attention to one of the nation's leading causes of death and disability. As part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the recently launched multidisciplinary Stroke Program is focused solely on providing comprehensive care in the evaluation, management and treatment for infants, children, and teens who have suffered a stroke, or children who may be at risk for stroke due to other medical conditions.
The Stroke Program, led by John Condie, MD, a stroke and neuro-critical care expert, includes pediatric neurologists specializing in pediatric stroke, pediatric neuroradiologists and multiple pediatric subspecialists in hematology and vascular medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, psychiatry, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Hundreds of children suffer strokes every year. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. The risk of stroke is highest during the first year of life, but stroke may occur any time throughout childhood or adolescence. However, children tend to recover from stroke better than adults, due mostly to the plasticity of their brains and the fact their brains are still developing.
The dedicated pediatric stroke team has the appropriate expertise and resources for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric stroke and pediatric stroke prevention. Early recognition and diagnosis is critical for stroke patients, as delays in seeking treatment can lead to permanent disability and stroke recurrence.
The program brings together the services of a variety of health care specialists involved in a child's care. Treatment includes neuroprotective measures, which include maintaining adequate blood pressure and supplying fluids and appropriate medication. The patient may also need aggressive physical rehabilitation.
Phoenix Children's team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and education coordinators is available to help children with stroke and their families every step of the way. The stroke team members are available 24/7 to consult on stroke cases. For more information or to refer a patient, please call (602) 933-1000 and ask for the stroke team to be paged.
- Effective immediately, an MRI technologist is in-house every Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to accommodate all inpatient weekend MRI requests.
- To help facilitate these exams and coordinate any possible anesthesia, please contact the MRI technologist (Main Building MRI (602) 933-3674 and East Building (602) 546-1234) as well as placing the order in SCM and completing the metal and contrast screening forms. For patients who will require anesthesia, please adhere to standard NPO guidelines as soon as the need for MRI is determined.
- The metal and contrast screening forms as well as a chart providing recommendations for the ordering of Neuro MRI exams are now available online.
- General radiology referral forms are also available.
Phoenix Children’s own Dana Salzberg, MD, from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, is a member of a medical all-star cast for the newly released New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) documentary. The documentary, titled “Getting Better,” is now available on the NEJM 200th Anniversary website and explores three remarkable stories of medical progress that have taken place over the course of the long history of NEJM.
The documentary has three segments – surgery, cancer, and HIV. The cancer section of the video features Salzberg, two of her patients with leukemia, and the Hospital.
On Friday, May 11, the outpatient surgery center in the Rosenberg building began a “refresh” project that will last three weeks, with an anticipated return date of Monday, June 1, 2012. The surgery center will relocate operations to the East ORs with pre-op, PACU and the infusions moving to the CA1 E/F (old PICU). The OBS unit, which currently occupies CA1 E/F, is relocating to CA4 AB during this time period.
The surgery center will retain its current phone numbers. The East Building lobby will be open at 5:30 a.m. to accommodate the surgery center patients. Please contact Beth Hurley, administrator, Phoenix Children’s Surgery Center (602) 933-9428, or Andrea Polach, manager of OBS (602) 933-5517 for any issues or concerns.
The following Phoenix Children’s Hospital physicians are working to further the Hospital’s research efforts and have recently published articles:
- John Kerrigan, MD, and Cleo Park, RN, MSN, CPNP, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, co-authored “Decreased Quality of Life in Children with Hypothalamic Hamartoma and Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy” in Journal of Child Neurology.
- Tamir Miloh, MD, Gastroenterology, co-authored “Graves Disease Presenting with Severe Cholestasis” in Thyroid.
If you’d like to read any of these journal articles, please contact our Medical Librarian Kathy Zeblisky at (602) 933-4248.
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.