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The Pediatric Pulse - News for our Medical Staff
June 2017
New director of inclusion and diversity shares her vision
Carole Becerra joined Akron Children’s in late March in the newly created role of director of inclusion and diversity. In this role, she is working to make diversity and inclusion a part of our staff’s everyday life, so it touch all areas of the hospital. Prior to joining Akron Children’s, she served as the manager of inclusion and diversity for MetroHealth Medical Center. Read more
From the Medical Staff President
As he prepares to transition to past president of the medical staff, Dr. White welcomes the incoming leadership, summarizes the recent activities of the Medical Staff Executive Committee and Credentialing Committee, and discusses important pending legislation at the state and national level. Read more
Get to Know Our Providers
Akron Children’s is pleased to introduce the newest members of our medical staff. Read more

The latest Akron Children’s providers to be featured in profiles include: 
  • Michael Kelly, an Ohio native who has returned to serve as our Chief Research Officer 
  • Robert Parry, whose varied interests make him a surgeon of many colors 
Upcoming Events
Grand Rounds Akron
  • July 7: Environmental Heat Injuries 
  • July 14: Syncope and Autonomic Disorders 
  • July 21: Neonatal Cholestasis and Jaundice 
  • August 22: Healthcare’s Interest in Behavioral Economics: How Framing and Nudges Can Promote Patient Adherence and Quality Improvement 

Grand Rounds MV
  • August 23: Spectrum of Diabetes: Differentiation of the Types of Diabetes Seen in Children 

Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum
  • July 5: Pain and Symptom Management 
  • August 2: The Invisible Child: Understanding the Experiences of Siblings in the World of Chronic Illness

Other Updates, Conferences
  • August 30: Pediatric Infectious Disease Update

Find all events on the CME Calendar

Enduring CME
Watch past Grand Rounds online for CME credit.

Planning an outreach event? 
Submit requests online for health fairs, festivals and other events at least 8 weeks prior. Request form

Advanced Practice Providers
Leah Rawdon, CNP, is the 2017 recipient of our Advanced Practice Provider Award for Excellence in Practice. Read more
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Contact Us
Medical Staff Services manages credentialing, bylaws, policies and more. Visit Medical Staff Services on myKidsnet for details. 

Send questions, comments or topics you'd like to see addressed in future issues to: MedicalStaffServices@chmca.org.
Hospital News
Akron Children’s saluted as a top workplace

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has selected Akron Children’s as one of the Top Workplaces in Northeast Ohio for the third year in a row. Read more
Restructuring our quality governance 
Plans are under way to restructure our quality governance with a quality cabinet that will set priorities, approve goals and authorize resources allocated to the 5 quality steering committees. Read more
Dr. Nancy O’Dell continues a legacy of giving

Pediatric anesthesiologist and hospital donor, Nancy O’Dell continues the legacy of her father, Dr. Harry O’Dell, who was an orthopedic surgeon at Akron Children’s for more than 40 years and a former chief of staff. Read more
HR launches new campaign
“More than a Job” is the theme of a recently launched HR campaign that encourages employees to share with potential job seekers why they love working at Akron Children’s, using the hashtag #ACHMoreThanAJob. Read more
A welcoming environment on our Beeghly campus

A local artist has created “The Dreaming Tree” to welcome patients, families and visitors as they enter the lobby of the Beeghly campus expansion. The project was recently featured in a news segment on WFMJ.
Department and Service Updates
Kidney Stone Clinic opens

Our new Kidney Stone Clinic has opened to serve an increasing number of children and teens experiencing stones in the kidney, ureter and bladder. Read more
Specialty services move to North Canton
Our specialty services previously located at Aultman Hospital have relocated to 6100 Whipple Ave. NW in North Canton. This includes allergy/immunology, diabetes/endocrinology, neurology/physiatry, gastroenterology and pulmonology. We’ve also added urology services at this location. Read more
Sleep Center receives accreditation

Akron Children’s Sleep Center has received 5-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Read more
Preston shares the story of his surgery day 
In a new video, plastic surgery patient Preston Coblentz shares a homemade book he made about his recent surgery with Dr. Ananth Murthy. The step-by-step book, which Preston reads in the video, can help prepare other children who are having surgery. 
Café planned for Considine Building 

When the expanded Considine Building opens next year, it will feature a café with fresh, made-to-order items. The café will also make it possible to provide snacks and hot lunches to patients in the partial hospitalization program, which will relocate from the AES Building once construction is complete. Read more
Policies, Procedures and Announcements
Latest hospital policies and updates
The following new medical staff policies were approved this month:
  • Allied Health Professional Privileging Policy 
  • Neurotrauma Contingency Plan 
In addition, the policy on Licensing Verification for Ordering Providers Not Appointed to the Medical Staff was updated and approved.

Direct questions to Danielle Buzek in Medical Staff Services at 330-543-5818. Review these policies on the Medical Staff policy page.

Thank you from Medical Education

Our medical staff plays an important role in mentoring and training an increasing number of students, residents and fellows. Read more
Kudos to Dr. Joe Congeni

Joe Congeni was a guest speaker of the Warthog Society, an alumni group of the Cleveland Clinic’s sports health program. Considered a Godfather of the group, Dr. Congeni presented on pediatric concussions, and was a featured speaker at the closing banquet with a presentation entitled, “Everything I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Youth Sports.” 
Sheila Alspaugh retires

Best wishes to credentialing specialist Sheila Alspaugh, who retires on June 30 after 26 years of service. Read more
Training and Research Round-up
Latest research publications & presentations
Review the latest journal articles published by our researchers here. Want us to share your research accomplishments? Tell us about them by submitting your presentations and publications here.
Clinical trial recruitment
Are you seeking patients for your clinical trials? The Research Institute can help you meet your clinical trial recruitment goals by getting open clinical trials published online and promoted. Contact Jennifer Clark at 330-543-5296 to get started or if you have questions. 
Resources for Families
New Health and Parenting info on InsideChildren’s blog: 
Read the latest articles featuring our physicians and mental health therapists with advice on ACL injuries, beach safety, preventing and treating poison ivy, and more.

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