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 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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