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April 2014

YNHCH Pediatric Specialty Center at One Long Wharf is expanding

On March 12, 2014, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital celebrated the opening of the new Maternal Fetal Medicine Center and expanded Pediatric Specialty Center at One Long Wharf. Conveniently located adjacent to one another, patients will benefit from the partnership and proximity of these two key service lines by receiving the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic specialty services offered at both centers.

The transition of care from maternity to pediatrics will be seamless with pediatric specialists becoming engaged in care during pregnancy, when necessary. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Center at Long Wharf includes the Accreta Program, Diabetes in Pregnancy Program, Fetal Cardiovascular Center, Fetal Care Center, Maternal Congenital Cardiac Disease Program, and Women’s and Children’s Center for Blood Disorders.

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center’s expansion provides 10 new exam rooms with three testing bays that will be used for various tests and treatments that require an extended visit. The 11,137 square-foot facility will offer additional space for rehabilitation and allow for centralized check-in.

Several pediatric specialty services will also be added to the Pediatric Specialty Center, including a pediatric concussion clinic led by Michael Diluna, MD, chief of pediatric neurosurgery, and Katherine Holmes, APRN. YNHCH pediatric surgeon Emily Christison-Lagay, MD, specializing  in pediatric oncology, and Catherine Dinauer, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist specializing in childhood thyroid disorders, will soon be joining the pediatric surgery team at Long Wharf. This spring, pediatric cardiologist Alan Friedman, MD, who specializes in pediatric congenital heart disease, will relocate his practice here from Guilford.

Update from Greg Germain, MD

Greg Germain, MD, is associate chief of children's services for the Department of Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Family Centered Rounding (FCR)

After two years of experience, what we've learned is that Family Centered Rounding (FCR) works. It provides better care, better teaching and the patients universally love it. Here are a few comments from patients:

"Prior to family-centered rounds, I was reluctant to leave my child's bedside in case the doctor or a team member came by. That connection each day was so important to me."

"It is impressive to see the time and effort made by the team to work together and discuss my child's plan of care for the day."

"We value and respect the very important role our doctor plays in the lives of children and their families."

We have all come to know that FCR takes more time, orchestration and planning, and does not always run smoothly for a variety of other reasons. However, its importance in the care of children and families necessitates our giving it a try.

In order to make FCR function more efficiently for you and your practice, here are a few options to consider:

    1. If possible, leave a name and number of the attending physician with the resident at the time of the patient's arrival on the unit. This way the resident team will know who to schedule rounding time with the following day and how to reach him or her.
    2. Don't round alone. At a minimum, round at the patient's bedside with the patient's nurse. He or she can be most quickly located by checking in with the BA upon your arrival to any unit.
    3. When at all possible, round with the team. Tell them of any time constraints you might have, such as "I need to be back in the office by 8:30 am."
    4. Find one teaching point to share with the team. No one knows your patient better than you do, and the team consists of students of all levels. For your time investment, I guarantee the team will teach you at least one thing you did not know.

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We continue to promote and advertise community-to-faculty communication through this quick access system. Wait times are reduced and feedback is overwhelmingly positive. We are working on any inefficiencies and problems as they relate to certain sections and times of day, as well as the quality of interactions. Your feedback is critical in this process.

Your practice administrator received a request for your personal contact information. We plan to create a secure database so that faculty can reach you in a timely fashion. We anticipate this will promote more frequent feedback about a patient you referred, a patient being admitted from clinic, or an interesting finding on a mutual patient. In short, our goal is to enhance your patient's care and improve faculty-to-community communication.

Get involved!

Are you interested in providing input on patient care and/or hospital policy? There are many vibrant committees meeting throughout the year that will welcome your input, including:



Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at YNHCH


Meet the team:
Cordelia Carter, MD Daniel Cooperman, MD
Peter DeLuca, MD Felicity Fishman, MD
Melinda Sharkey, MD    

A message from Brian G. Smith, MD, Section Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

I am pleased to update you on Pediatric Orthopedics at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. In the past year we have welcomed three new surgeons to our practice: Cordelia Carter, MD; Daniel Cooperman, MD; and Felicity Fishman, MD.

Dr. Carter is an assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). She brings experience, expertise and passion for caring for children and adolescents with all types of sports injuries and conditions — enhanced by her own participation as a Division 1 athlete as an undergrad at Yale University. Prior to her position at YNHCH, Dr. Carter served as a clinical assistant at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Cooperman is a professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at YSM, with over 30 years of expertise in children's hip, foot and lower extremity disorders. He has served as the director of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago and as director of the pediatric neuromuscular rehabilitation clinic at the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently, he was the interim chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery as well as director of pediatric orthopedic surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Fishman is an assistant clinical professor at YSM. She is fellowship trained in pediatric hand and upper extremity disorders at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and in adult hand surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Fishman specializes in the treatment of congenital and pediatric hand and upper extremity conditions, including traumatic injuries, brachial plexus birth palsy and congenital hand differences.

With these new staff members, we now have six specialty pediatric orthopedic surgeons who offer the entire spectrum of orthopedic care to children and adolescents. We have improved access to this care at office sites in New Haven, Norwalk, Greenwich, Guilford and Middlebury.

Pediatric Orthopedics is actively engaged in education, research and leadership in local, regional and national organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Morning Safety Report Introduced at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

Since early January, YNHCH staff has found ways to make the hospital environment and delivery of care safer and more efficient through a short, daily meeting called Morning Safety Report.

Led by YNHCH's department of Quality and Safety, the 15-minute huddle preps staff on important information such as medication or equipment changes, patient admissions and discharges. The safety report, held Monday through Friday from 8:30-8:45 am, is well attended with increasing engagement of other ancillary areas that collaborate with the Children's Hospital. The morning safety report is open to all staff and meets in the Pearson conference room. Staff who are off campus can use the call-in number, (712) 432-5620, access code 526#.

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Update Class
April 14, 2014
8 am - 4 pm
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New Haven, CT 06510

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2014 Specialist Education for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (SEECMO) Conference
Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6, 2014
Omni Hotel
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Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders
Forum For Concerned Parents and Professionals
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Cohen Auditorium, Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road, New Haven

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