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The Pediatric Pulse - News for our Medical Staff
September/October 2017
New leadership roles announced
As of July 17, the functions of chief executive officer (CEO) and president are now two distinct roles. Bill Considine continues to serve as CEO, while Grace Wakulchik has taken on the duties of president. Lisa Aurilio has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer, and Christine Young is now stepping into Aurilio’s previous role of vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer. Read more
From the Medical Staff President
In this month’s letter to the medical staff, Dr. Laura Pollauf discusses the current cycle of reappointments involving approximately 260 providers and summarizes the recent activities of the Medical Staff Executive Committee, particularly the work of the Credentials subcommittee and approval of a $10,000 gift to provide life-saving care to Haiti, which has been matched by an anonymous donor. She also highlights the upcoming Joint Commission survey and Schwartz Rounds. 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 provider to be featured in a profile is Leah Rawdon, APP of the Year.
Upcoming Events
Grand Rounds Akron
  • Oct. 6: Koufus Lecture: New Developments in Treatment of Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 
  • Oct. 13: Mitochondria and Autism: Story of a New Discovery and Its Journey from Bedside, to Bench, Back to Bedside 
  • Oct. 20: My Patient Needs a Lawyer: Using the Medical-Legal Partnership to Mitigate Health-Harming Legal Needs 
Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum
  • Oct. 4: Compassion, Spirituality and the Practice of Medicine 
Grand Rounds Mahoning Valley
  • Oct. 25: Pediatric Hip Disorders 
Other Updates, Conferences
  • Oct. 13-14: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Regional Symposium
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
On Friday, Oct. 6, we will present our 7th Annual Pharmacology & Law Update at the Quaker Station. There are still a few spots open. Read more
News Briefs
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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 named a top workplace
For the 11th year, Akron Children’s has received a NorthCoast 99 Best Workplace Award, recognizing the region’s best places to work. Read more
Dr. Pope new director of Medical Education

Dr. John Pope, associate director of critical care medicine, has taken on the additional role of director of Medical Education. He succeeds Dr. Starla Martinez. Read more
Send Word Now in effect
Send Word Now, a new emergency notification system, provides emergency messaging to all employees, at all sites. Read more
Meet our 2017 Marathon heroes

Meet the patients and real-life superheroes, who were featured at our Hero Zones at the Akron Marathon. Read more
Construction camera tracks progress

As construction continues on the Considine Building addition, a construction camera and drone footage are tracking progress. Watch here
Department and Service Updates
New pathology chair named

Dr. Jennifer Baccon has joined Akron Children’s as chair of pathology. She succeeds Dr. Robert Novak, who will continue to serve in a clinical capacity until he retires next year. Read more
Patient story: Severe hearing loss doesn’t stop Joe

A patient of Dr. Anton Milo since he was a preschooler, 15-year-old Joe Gavriloff doesn’t let severe hearing loss stop him from excelling on the football field. Read more
MV patients share their stories
During last week’s Promises & Miracles Radiothon, many Mahoning Valley patients shared their stories, including:
  • Kaitlynn Kurdziel, a dancer and patient of Dr. Sheryl Handler
  • Connor Hoit who’s being treated by Dr. Jeffrey Hord for leukemia
  • Abby Tippets, an infant who’s under the care of Dr. Grace Smith for a congenital heart defect 
Policies, Procedures and Announcements
Review the latest policy updates 
The latest Medical Staff policies to be revised and approved are: 
  • Anticoagulation Management Program 
  • Declaration of Death by Cardiorespiratory Criteria 
  • Definition of a Complete Hospital Medical Record 
  • Epic Order Set and Epic SmartSet 
  • High Alert Medications
  • Inpatient Influenza Vaccination Protocol 
  • Look-Alike, Sound-Alike Medications 
  • Medical Staff Dues 
  • Medication Orders and Prescriptions
  • Organ and Tissue Donation 
Direct questions to Danielle Buzek in Medical Staff Services at 330-543-5818. Review these policies on the Medical Staff Policy Page.
Seeking applicants for summer pediatric research scholars

Akron Children’s is accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program through Nov. 10. Read more
Dr. Rubin to speak to radiology group
Dr. Michael Rubin will be a featured speaker at SCORCH (Society of Chairs of Radiology at Children’s Hospitals) in October. He will discuss the benefits of pursuing and achieving the American College of Radiology’s Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence designation. In 2015, Akron Children’s was the first hospital in Ohio and one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to receive this designation. 
Q & A forums for patient experience-related technology

The Center for Patient Experience Innovation will have staff available to address questions regarding the devices and software used for video remote interpreting, rounding and telehealth. Read more
Medical interpreter training available
Bridging the Gap, a nationally recognized medical interpreter training program for bilingual individuals, is coming to Akron Children’s for the first time in November. Read more
Hope Lights the Way Oct. 3

Hope Lights the Way, an annual luminaria lighting event that celebrates, honors and remembers those we love, will be held on Oct. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Read more
Research Update
Clinical trials recruiting patients
Discover which clinical trials are enrolling patients. Want your studies posted on our website? For new studies, you can request it during the submission process on IRBNet. For ongoing studies, complete this form and send it to Jennifer Clark
Featured Studies:

Adult participants needed for a food allergy study 

Some people with “positive” food allergy testing have food allergies, but others do not. Our Center for Allergy and Immunology is conducting a research study to learn why this happens. The study begins with a quick and easy online survey. Any adult – including staff – ages 18-50, regardless of known food allergies can take the survey. Learn more here. Contact Dr. Tim Richmond at 330-543-1000 or by email with questions.

Kidney stone bone density research study seeks participants ages 11-19
We want to learn why children and adults with kidney stones also develop decreased bone density or weak bones, and have increased fractures. Learn more about what’s involved. Contact Jake Stoltz at 330-543-0042 or by email to enroll patients.

Latest research publications & presentations
Here are the journal articles published this month by our researchers. Please be sure to add your published and presented research to our new database, so we can accurately capture your accomplishments and recognize your great work too. 

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 Halloween safety, new screening guidelines for high blood pressure in kids, whether sharing breast pumps is safe, and more.

New Children’s Channel Video

Tips to Grow By Appearances (WKYC) 

Other Provider Media Appearances

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