February 8, 2010
SAVE THE DATE: The annual professional staff banquet will be held on
Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Dayton Art Institute. The festivities
begin at 6:00 pm with a reception and dinner is at 7:00 pm. The Taggart
Award will be presented this year to Victor Nanagas, MD, who has cared for
thousands of children in his career here in Dayton. In addition, the
professional staff executive committee recently approved the establishment
of an additional form of recognition called the Distinguished Service
Award. This award is intended to recognize service by professional staff
members that benefit children in general, be it within the community or at
Dayton Children’s. Many of our colleagues support pediatrics at Dayton
Children’s, in the community, at WPAFB and through Wright State Boonshoft
School of Medicine. This award considers each of those areas. There are
four honorees this year. They are Emmett Broxson, MD, Maria Nanagas, MD,
and Joseph Ross, MD. Mason Jones, MD, is the first emeritus awardee. This
will be a special night. Please join us, share the evening with your
colleagues and congratulate the award winners. Invitations are in the
DISCHARGE SUMMARIES ON INPATIENTS: As you know, we went live with EPIC in
August of 2009. Prior to EPIC, we routinely sent you a copy of the
discharge summary written by our residents for each of your inpatients.
When we went live with EPIC, we built the same discharge summary into the
after visit summary (AVS). About three months ago, we realized that there
were some problems with this approach and separated the two documents.
Through an error on our part, we then stopped sending you the discharge
summary but continued to send the AVS. Clearly there is much greater
value in the discharge summary for the community physicians. Effective
February 8, 2010, you will be receiving the discharge summary instead of
the AVS. We will give the AVS to the family. We are now working to
consolidate the two documents into one simple document. Thank you for
bringing this to our attention.
INFLUENZA UPDATE: It has been a very interesting eight weeks since the
decline of infection due to H1N1. Thus far this winter, we have seen no
seasonal influenza. While the CDC has reported only modest influenza
activity in the past six to eight weeks, there are two worrisome reports.
Our colleagues at LeBonheur in Memphis recently reported that in January
of 2010, they admitted at least 17 children with H1N1, seven of whom went
to the PICU and two died. North Carolina authorities are reporting H1N1
isolates that appear to be more virulent than previously reported.
Estimates are that fewer than 30 percent of Americans have been adequately
immunized against H1N1. Please encourage your patients and staff who have
not been immunized to get the vaccine. This isn’t over yet.
REHABILITATION SERVICES AVAILABLE: The rehabilitative services department
is happy to announce that we currently have very short waiting times for
OT/PT/ST and audiology evaluations. This is for both the main hospital
and our south location at the Outpatient Care Center—Springboro. Referrals
can be sent to the central scheduling department. Questions? Contact Terry
Wiegel at 937- 641-3223.
KIDSCARE LINK: Effective December 29, 2009, Wellness Connection no longer
receives results. All current results can be accessed via KidsCare Link
(KCL). Wellness Connection will only be used to access historical
information. KCL has results from September 2007 to current. Your
offices have access to KCL. Any internal Dayton Children’s Wellness users
should already have access to Epic or KCL. If you have any issues
accessing KCL please contact the Help Desk at 937-641-5293. We will have
someone assist you.
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