September 2011 Online Connection
New Members of Phoenix Children’s Medical Staff
Andrew Haber, MD, Psychiatry, PCMG
Paul Guisler, MD, Radiology
Raymond Lejano, MD, Hospitalist
Felicia McCreary, MD, Anesthesiology
Ryan Rehl, MD, Otolaryngology
Phoenix Children's Hospital Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” Recognition from The Joint Commission for Children’s Asthma Program
Phoenix Children's Hospital was just named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission for its Children’s Asthma Program. This recognition by The Joint Commission is based on data reported on evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma.
Phoenix Children’s is one of 405 hospitals and critical access sites nationwide earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Most significantly, the Hospital is one of only three children’s hospitals recognized for children’s asthma.
For more information on Phoenix Children’s Asthma Program, please call (602) 933-0985.
Phoenix Children’s Mourns the Loss of Melvin L. Cohen, MD, July 11, 1928 - September 4, 2011
It is with profound sadness Phoenix Children’s share with you that Melvin L. Cohen, MD, passed away on September 4 after an extended illness. He was 83. Dr. Cohen was a tireless innovator, a dedicated mentor, and a selfless role model who kept on making Phoenix Children’s Hospital stronger right up until his passing.
Since 1978, when the idea of Phoenix Children’s Hospital was born, Dr. Cohen helped make the Phoenix Children’s dream come true. He served as one of the Hospital’s founding fathers, a leader in medical education efforts, the pediatrician-in-chief and a member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Cohen leaves behind Malkah (Mickey), his wife of 61 years, four grown children, Ellen Harper (Tom), Dr. Joe Cohen (Julia), Jan Hancock and Tammie Cohen-Stark (Charles), four grand children and countless friends here at Phoenix Children’s and throughout the community.
Image Gently - Safer Radiation Doses for Children in Arizona
Radiologists play a key role as health care providers for children. Radiology and CT scanning are critical in diagnosing illness in pediatric patients. The use of this technology impacts their treatment and improves patient outcomes. Exposure at such a young age gives children a longer time to develop radiation-related cancers. The Division of Radiology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital employs the safest imaging techniques and protocols, including reducing the amount of radiation used and scanning only the indicated area.
Phoenix Children's is proud to play an active role in the Image Gently initiative, a national campaign to minimize radiation doses in children without compromising diagnostic quality. Phoenix Children's is committed to the lowest radiation dose possible and tailors all imaging studies to the size of the child and specific diagnostic needs. The Hospital does not use adult techniques to study children.
The Division of Radiology offers services at Phoenix Children’s main campus and specialty and urgent care centers in the east and northwest valleys. To refer a patient, please call (602) 933-1213.
Members of PCMG Recently Named to U.S. News & World Report List of Top Specialists, Two Ranked in Top 1 Percent
P. David Adelson, MD, who was recently named director of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Ronald Hansen, MD, the Hospital’s division chief of Dermatology, were ranked in the top 1 percent of physicians in their respective specialty areas in the U.S. News & World Report list of top physician specialists.
All physicians listed were selected based on a peer nomination process that identifies physicians across the country who are most worthy of referral. View the top doctors list.
Congratulations to all the Phoenix Children’s doctors listed and to Dr. Adelson and Dr. Hansen on this significant achievement.
Phoenix Children’s Physicians Present at Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics National Meeting in San Antonio
Earlier this month, Developmental Pediatrician Robin Blitz, MD, of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and General Pediatrician Sara Bode, MD, presented at the annual Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics national meeting in San Antonio, Texas. They facilitated a 90-minute educational workshop, titled “Teaching DBPeds to Residents: More active learning, increased use of the web, other disciplines, and the primary care clinic.” It was well-attended and well-received.
Professional Community Memberships Available at Phoenix Children’s
In recent years, the practice of medicine has undergone significant changes. The acuity of cases treated in the hospital has risen steadily, requiring a time commitment that many practitioners do not have. This has led to growth in the number of hospital-based physicians whose skills are focused on the complexities of hospital medicine. At the same time, it has become increasingly difficult for community-based physicians to accommodate the regular inpatient care of patients into their practice.
In response to this trend and with a focus on maintaining its relationship with valued community physicians, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is offering Professional Community membership. This membership is intended to provide physicians in Arizona with a mechanism to maintain engagement with Phoenix Children’s Hospital without membership in the organized Medical Staff.
Please contact the Hospital’s Medical Staff Services Department at (602) 933-4681 for more information on the Professional Community membership and, if you’re interested, please complete the application.
Planning to Attend the National AAP Conference in Boston? Phoenix Children’s Physician Relations Team Would Like to See You
Phoenix Children’s Physician Relations team is hosting a booth at the National AAP Conference in Boston this October 15 to 18 and would love to see you! If you plan to attend the conference, please be sure to stop by booth #1520 for the latest news related to the Hospital.
You’re Invited to Join the CHA Purchasing Program
Phoenix Children’s Hospital invites your physician practice to join the Child Health Advantage (CHA) purchasing program. CHA, formerly eVaccines, is managed by Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). Phoenix Children’s has been a partner with CHA since 2001.
This purchasing program offers significant cost savings on a broad portfolio of products and services, including vaccines, pharmaceuticals, medical/surgical supplies, capital equipment and business services.
For more information, please visit www.childhealthadvantage.com.
Emily Center Family Health Library Resource for Community Physicians and Their Patients
Phoenix Children’s Emily Center, the southwest’s largest consumer health library, provides access to pediatric health information that is accurate, easy to understand and free of charge.
It’s open to the entire state of Arizona and you don’t have to be a patient of the Hospital to access services. Information is available by fax, mail or electronically. For community physicians, the staff is happy to send information directly to your office so you can personally review it with your families.
For individual questions, Master’s prepared nurses are available, conduct research and also prepare packets of information for families. The packets are always prepared uniquely for the family’s needs.
For your Spanish-speaking patients, The Emily Center provides health, illness and disease information in Spanish on a variety of topics, whether it’s a new diagnosis or simple information about pertussis.
For more information, please visit The Emily Center website or call (602) 546-1400.
Join Us for a Webinar for Medical Professionals, “Common Genital Problems in the Newborn”
Phoenix Children’s Hospital pediatric urologist Michael Ritchey, MD, is presenting a webinar for medical professionals titled, “Common Genital Problems in the Newborn,” on September 29, from noon to 1 p.m.
Presentation objectives include:
- Learn the contraindications to newborn circumcision
- Gain an understanding of the current treatment of hypopadias in children
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
- PC-based attendees - Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
- Macintosh®-based attendees – Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is hosting a free conference for families titled, “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Recent Advances in Medical Treatment,” on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85006.
Families may register online at www.phoenixchildrens.com/events.
The event is sponsored by Parent Project, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Free parking is available. For more information, please contact Karen Pennington, Physician Relations, at (602) 933-3300.
Phoenix Children's to Host Conference on Cerebral Palsy for Families
Please let your patient families know about the upcoming free conference, "Cerebral Palsy - Recent Advances in Medical Treatment," to be held on Saturday, October 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85006.
Families interested in attending may register online at www.phoenixchildrens.com/events.
Conference sponsors include Phoenix Children's Hospital, Orthopediatrics, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona and Raising Special Kids. For more information, please contact Karen Pennington, Physician Relations, at (602) 933-3300.
Plan to Join Us for the Office Manager Forum
Please plan to attend the next Office Manager Forum, “The Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Associated Best Practices,” taking place Wednesday, October 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This is a free event being held at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1920 E. Cambridge Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85006.