November 2010 Online Connection

November 2010 Online Connection

Brain-computer Interface Research Earns Substantial Grant for Group that Includes Children’s Neuroscience Institute Director

Member of Phoenix Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center Successfully Completes Rare Hand Surgery

Hospital Adds Physician to BMT Team

Attention: ED Notifications Take on a Different Look

November is American Diabetes Month

Get to Know Social Worker Nicole Schuren

Phoenix Children’s Encourages You to Participate in its Kids Rock Stars Program

Events

Brain-computer Interface Research Earns Substantial Grant for Group that Includes Children’s Neuroscience Institute Director

A group of researchers, including P. David Adelson, MD, director of the Hospital’s Children’s Neuroscience Institute, was recently awarded a three-year grant totaling nearly $470,000 for the development of a brain-computer interface. Read more about this cutting-edge research.

Member of Phoenix Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center Successfully Completes Rare Hand Surgery

Hand surgeon Tim Schaub, MD, a member of Phoenix Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, recently reattached the tip of a thumb of a 3-year-old girl. It’s believed this was the first time this type of surgery was successfully completed in Arizona on a child of this age. Read the story here.

Hospital Adds Physician to BMT Team

Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, the largest program of its kind in Arizona, has added hematologist/oncologist Niketa Shah, MD, to its team. The program, a collaborative effort with Mayo Clinic – Arizona, completed as many as 20 transplants last year alone.

The one-year survival rate for unrelated transplants facilitated by National Marrow Donor Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital was 76 percent, which compares to a weighted national average of 66 percent for low-risk patients (risk category 1).

For more information, please call (602) 546-0920.

Attention: ED Notifications Take on a Different Look

With the launch of ChartMaxx, you may receive  a different look of ED notifications. If you’re listed as referring physician for a patient, you’ll receive a cover sheet and dictated notes from the ED physician within 24 hours of the visit. These improvements are another way Phoenix Children’s has made improvements based on feedback from community physicians like you. Please contact Lynda Christel at (602) 546-5873 if you have questions.

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes kills more people every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined and 1 in 5 people are on their way to being diagnosed with this disease. Phoenix Children’s Division of Endocrinology operates the Diabetes Center in an effort to address the impact diabetes has on affected children and their families.

The center’s staff is specially trained to diagnose symptoms of diabetes in children, treat children with diabetes, and prescribe proper medications for childhood diabetes. Why is Phoenix Children’s committed to treating diabetes? Because diabetes is the second most common chronic childhood disease.

November is American Diabetes Month. To get involved in efforts to stop diabetes, contact Anne Dennis of the American Diabetes Association at (602) 861-4731.

In addition to its efforts to treat and eradicate diabetes, the Division of Endocrinology opened the Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Research, and Education Clinic (C.A.R.E.), a clinical program that uses an evidenced-based, multi-disciplinary approach to help children living with obesity, lipid disorders, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

C.A.R.E. Clinic patients receive a comprehensive initial evaluation by the team. This assessment involves medical history, physical exam, and laboratory studies to ensure comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular risk factors.

For more information on the Division of Endocrinology and its services, please call (602) 546-0611.

Get to Know Social Worker Nicole Schuren

Nicole Schuren has been employed as a licensed master social worker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 2002. Her primary responsibilities are with the Forensic Pediatrics and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Nicole also provides assistance within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Schuren earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and taught children with special needs for six years prior to practicing social work.

In 2002, she graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. Schuren has worked with families and young children in the capacity of a mental health consultant as well as a child development disabilities consultant.

She is a graduate of the Harris Institute and endorsed in Arizona as a Level III infant mental health specialist. Schuren is on the task force for Never Shake a Baby Arizona and is co-chair of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona.

She continues to advocate for children in both her community and professional work and is often found speaking on topics related to the behavior and development of young children and their relationship with their primary caregiver.

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

Phoenix Children’s Encourages You to Participate in its Kids Rock Stars Program

The Kids Rock Stars program is a fun, engaging way to get kids active. Families, school teachers, and club leaders can sign up their kids for this exercise-based Rock Band journey of a lifetime.

As you enter their activity time into the website tracking system, we translate that into miles, add a little magic, and turn those numbers into band members on a game board.

Kids exercise and play their way through milestones to add band players and advance their career, and ultimately play to a sold-out rock concert with their six-member band. Learn more about the program.

Events

Nov. 19: CME: “Diabetes in Children: Building a Bridge to Quality,” Chirag Kapadia, MD; Don McClellan, MD; Don Wilson, MD; Micah Olson, MD

Nov. 23: Grand Rounds: “Unraveling the Etiology of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: An Approach to Genetic Evaluation,” Theresa Grebe, MD

Nov. 30: Grand Rounds: “Clinical Pathological Conference Case Presentation,” Claire Longhurst, MD

Dec. 3: Trauma Grand Rounds: “Orthopaedic Injuries in Pediatric Trauma Patients,” M. Wade Shrader, MD

Dec. 10: Webinar for Medical Professionals: “Pediatric Sleep Disorders,” Rupali Drewek, MD

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