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The Pediatric Pulse - News for our Medical Staff
March 2017
Easy Breathing program yields positive results
The Easy Breathing program is standardizing the treatment and diagnosis of asthma at Akron Children’s, while demonstrating significant decreases in the number of asthma-related ER visits and hospitalizations over the past 2 years. Read our news release, a recent Akron Beacon Journal article, and the story of a West Akron family that’s benefitting from the program. 
From the Medical Staff President
In this month’s letter, Dr. White summarizes the activities of the Medical Staff Executive Committee, recent lobbying efforts to preserve healthcare funding for children, and statewide efforts to control the use of narcotics for acute pain. Read more
Get to Know Our Providers
Akron Children’s is pleased to introduce the newest members of our medical staff. Read more

A few Akron Children’s providers are featured in recent blog posts including:
  • Prasad Bodas, whose adventurous spirit drives his approach to care
  • Megan Litman, a runner who’s keeping pace with her patients’ primary care needs
  • Richard Lou, who’s passionate about meeting the long-term needs of burn patients
  • Sarah Perrine, a former college basketball player who’s quick on her feet with timely, precise care
  • Prabi Rajbhandari, who grew up in the shadows of the Himalayas and is now taking inpatient care to new heights
  • Stephen Sondike, whose first priority is finding new and better ways to care for adolescent patients

Upcoming Events
Grand Rounds Akron
  • April 7: Improving asthma outcomes in primary care
  • April 14: Root Cause Analysis
  • April 21: A pilot program using hydroxyurea to treat children with sickle cell disease in Haiti

Grand Rounds MV
  • April 26: MV Community Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum
  • April 5: Never too young to know loss: Childrens grief and bereavement
  • April 26: Concurrent care

Other Updates, Conferences
  • April 5: Annual Pediatric Update for the Practicing Physician
  • April 13: Sedation Services & PICU AGMC-Preparedness Simulations
  • April 20: Schwartz Center Rounds
  • May 12: Annual Development, Behavior and Emotions Update
Find all events on the CME Calendar

Enduring CME
Watch past Grand Rounds online for CME credit.

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Contact Us
Medical Staff Services provides information about credentialing, bylaws, policies and more.  Visit Medical Staff Services on myKidsnet for more information.  Send questions, comments or topics you'd like to see addressed in future issues to 
Hospital News
Harun Rashid named VP, CIO

Harun Rashid is our new vice president and chief information officer. He has more than 25 years of information services experience, including several leadership positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Read more
Considine expansion focused on families

On March 9, we officially broke ground on the expansion of the Considine Professional Building. The addition will consolidate most of our ambulatory and subspecialty practices under one roof to provide convenient care for families. Read more
Board of Directors commend staff efforts
At their February meeting, our Board of Directors issued a formal resolution to thank employees for their extraordinary efforts in managing our high patient volumes in January and February. Read more
Department and Service Updates
Bone health guidelines now available
Our bone health team, led by Kathryn Mosher, has prepared guidelines for ordering DXA scans and treating vitamin D deficiency in pediatric patients. Read more
Meet Courtney and her NDSC support team

With the help of her family and medical care team, 11-year-old Courtney Kirsch has been able to overcome many of the challenges associated with her premature birth, including mild cerebral palsy. Read more
Turner Syndrome conference set for April

On April 9, we will host Hot Topics in Turner Syndrome for girls and women with the condition, their families and caregivers. The information will be presented in 3 separate, age-appropriate tracks. Read more
Saying ‘thanks’ on National Doctors’ Day

In celebration of National Doctors’ Day on March 30, many patient families gave a shout-out to their favorite Akron Children’s physicians. Visit our Facebook page to read the comments and watch a video. 
Policies, Procedures and Announcements
Reappointment applications reminder
Please remember to promptly turn in your reappointment application to Medical Staff Services. If you have questions, call Donna Love-Varner at 330-543-4861.
Save the date: Annual meeting in June
Mark your calendar for the Medical Staff Annual Meeting on June 14. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the William Considine Auditorium, with a social hour immediately following. Read more
Retirement dinner on May 10
The Medical Staff Retirement Dinner will be held at Portage Country Club on May 10. Watch for more details coming soon.
Are you ready to leave your legacy?
Don’t miss Optimal Wealth - Wills and Trusts for Physicians, a financial and gift planning seminar for physicians and their families. It will be held on April 5 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. 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
Find out which clinical trials are currently recruiting patients here. Don’t see yours? If you’d like assistance in meeting your clinical trial recruitment goals, the Research Institute can help by getting them published on our website and developing recruitment materials. Contact the Research Institute’s grants and medical writer Jennifer Clark at 330-543-5296 to get started. Contact Joanne Green to discuss recruitment materials.
There’s still time to take investigator survey
The IRB and Research Institute are working to determine the status of exempt studies to ensure that information is current. If you’re an investigator of an exempt study, take a moment to respond to the 4-question survey emailed to you on March 7 (reminder sent March 21). If you have questions, can’t locate your survey email, or aren’t sure whether you already took the survey, please contact Research Institute data management specialists Lisa Shauver (330-543-1086) or Susan Testa (330-543-0481). To all of our investigators who’ve already responded, thank you!
Research seminar series
Research Hot Topics and Building a Culture of Research are monthly seminars presented by the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute. You can find program details, presenters, Webex and call-in information for each program on myKidsnet as each program approaches.

Research Hot Topics
Tuesday, April 11 from 12-12:30 p.m.
Classrooms 5 and 6 of the Considine Professional Building 

Neil McNinch MS, RN, biostatistician for the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, will offer a compelling Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research. Research experience is not required, but if you’re conducting research or interested in getting started, you’ll want to attend.

Building a Culture of Research
Tuesday, April 18 from 12-1 p.m.
Classrooms 5 and 6 of the Considine Professional Building 

Annette Mitzel, DNP, CNS, RN, and Mark Redding, MD, FAAP, directors of the Center for Childhood Lifestyles and Population Health Research will spotlight medical staff. Research experience is not required. Anyone interested in learning more about how we are building a culture of research is invited.

Resources for Families
Health and parenting news on InsideChildren’s blog
Read the latest articles featuring our physicians and mental health therapists with information on how mobile devices are robbing kids of sleep, eating disorders, dyslexia and talking to kids about puberty.

New Children’s Channel videos
Media appearances this month
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