NEW STATE LEGISLATION EXPANDS SAFE HAVEN LAW: Senate Bill 304 will
provide new parents more time to utilize the Ohio safe haven law by
allowing parents to deliver their baby to a hospital or other safe haven
without criminal consequences up to 30 days after birth, up from 72 hours.
The bill also requires the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in
collaboration with the Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council, to
develop an education plan about this new legislation for populations most
likely to utilize the safe haven law. The law will take effect March 24
and hospitals are encouraged to make the necessary preparations. Existing
hospital protocols based on the original bill should be updated and those
without protocols should establish a policy. View an OHA Bulletin for
more information. Questions? Call Destry Fallen at 937-641-5300.
COMFORT LINE OFFERS SUPPORT TO FAMILIES: Families and caregivers facing
end-of-life issues now have another resource for support thanks to the
Ohio Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Network (OPPEN). Dayton
Children’s is a member of this network. The Comfort Line is staffed by
pediatric palliative care physicians and advanced practice nurses to help
answer medical questions related to pediatric pain and symptom management,
answer questions about pediatric palliative care, hospice, chronic illness
or end-of-life issues, refer you to palliative care or hospice providers
and provide information on community agencies and resources. Comfort Line
is available toll free at 1-866-315-6327, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday
through Friday. Questions: Call Cindy Asher at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-641-3000 extension 8934 or Gerri Sheehan
at email@example.com, 937-641-5344.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DAYTON CHILDREN’S HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY GROUP:
Dayton Children’s hematology/oncology department was successfully audited
in January by COG (Children’s Oncology Group). COG is a worldwide
clinical trial cooperative group, supported by the National Cancer
Institute, dedicated to identifying cancer causes and pioneering new
treatments and cures. The survey involved patient case reviews and an
informal audit of the pharmacy. The final report reflected no major or
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL STAFF ACTIVITIES: There are a number of very
important upcoming activities that affect all members of the professional
• Professional Staff Recognition Banquet—To be held on March 20, 2009,
this dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of the professional staff
over the past year, recognize the selection of Elvira Jaballas, MD, as the
Taggart Award winner for 2009 and allow professional staff and hospital
staff to enjoy an evening together.
• Professional Staff Elections—It is time again to select those
individuals who will serve as division heads for professional staff
activities for the July 2009 through June 2011 timeframe. Ballots will be
mailed to all active professional staff members in late March.
• KidsCare Link Replaces the Wellness Connection—We hope to have everyone
who is currently an active user of the Wellness Connection converted to
KidsCare Link (The read-only access to the EPIC EMR for community
professionals) by the end of April. If we have not contacted you by the
end of March, and if you are a regular user of the Wellness Connection,
please let Tom Murphy know at 937-641-5871.
• Communication Center Calls—During the month of February, the staff of
the Communication Center made calls to 784 offices notifying office staff
of admissions to Dayton Children’s (all services including specialties) as
well as changes in patient status (transfer to the PICU).
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