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May 2014

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Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull to celebrate opening on June 24

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital will open a new pediatric specialty center at 5520 Park Ave. in Trumbull in June to meet the growing need for pediatric specialty care in Fairfield County. The Trumbull center, conveniently located at Exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway (Route 15), will provide regional access to families in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull and the region. The 11,000-square-foot facility includes 12 exam rooms, five infusion bays, an isolation room, a procedure room, a blood draw room, an exercise testing/PFT room and two echo rooms. With the opening of this new center, children and adolescents will receive specialized medical care from YNHCH pediatric subspecialists in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, respiratory and surgery.

"We are excited to bring the expertise of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital pediatric subspecialists to the parents and children of the Bridgeport, Trumbull and neighboring communities through this unique referral center, the only one of its kind in the area," said Cynthia Sparer, executive director of YNHCH. "Our commitment is to provide family-centered care that is accessible for referring pediatricians, family practitioners, obstetricians and children and their parents, and to combine that accessibility with the nationally recognized expertise of our pediatric specialists."

Pediatric Specialty Centers across the region provide access to YNHCH's nationally recognized children's services in more than 35 subspecialties. The Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull is the hospital's sixth pediatric specialty center. There are also pediatric specialty centers located on the second floor of the West Pavilion at 1 Park Street and One Long Wharf in New Haven; 747 Belden Avenue in Norwalk; 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich and a pediatric hematology/oncology office practice and treatment center on the seventh floor of Smilow Cancer Hospital. The Pediatric Specialty Center in Guilford will close at the end of June. Stay tuned for more information on the opening of the Pediatric Specialty Center in Old Saybrook early next year.

The Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 pm. All are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP, please call Marisa Salinas at (203) 688-3296 or

Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at YNHCH

Meet the team:
Craig Canapari, MD Marie E. Egan, MD
Americo E. Esquibes, MD Ramneet K. Gill, MD
Jacob Hen, MD Pnina G. Weiss, MD

A message from Alia Bazzy-Asaad, MD, chief of pediatric respiratory medicine at YNHCH and associate professor of pediatrics (respiratory), Yale School of Medicine

It is my pleasure to provide you with an update on Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. We have a growing pediatric sleep medicine program that complements our activities in pediatric pulmonology, which includes asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and the Aerodigestive Disease Program. With the growth in these areas we have been fortunate to recruit two colleagues to our team, Craig Canapari, MD, and Ramneet Gill, MD, both of whom are board certified in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.

Dr. Canapari is assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and medical director of the Pediatric Sleep Center. His areas of interest include obstructive sleep apnea, sleep quality, neuromuscular disorders, obesity-related lung disease, asthma and other general pulmonary problems. He joins us from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Gill is assistant professor of pediatrics at YSM. She joins us after completing fellowships in pediatric pulmonology at New York Medical College and sleep medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her areas of interest include respiratory and non-respiratory-related sleep disorders, the effects of environmental tobacco smoke exposure on respiratory health in children and other general pulmonary problems.

Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provides services for the whole range of respiratory and sleep disorders. Our accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center is active in both advanced clinical care and research. Our asthma program provides evidence-based evaluation and management consultation. Our Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory has expanded to include exercise and pharmacologic challenge testing for airways hyperresponsiveness, in addition to a growing bronchoscopy service and an expanding sleep program in Norwalk, and coming soon to the YNHCH Bridgeport Hospital Campus.

We are available to serve your patients in our Pediatric Specialty Centers at 1 Park St. and 1 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven; 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull; 747 Belden Ave., Norwalk; and 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich.

Update from Greg Germain, MD, to our community of pediatric clinicians

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

As we move to the end of the academic year, it is time to reflect on the outstanding job our pediatric residents and chief residents have done this year. They have been a pleasure to work with — even if we weren't always so pleasant in the wee hours of the night. Please take a moment to thank our outgoing chiefs and senior residents as they wind up their training. We owe them a debt of gratitude for all they do for us throughout the year.

Some other ongoing initiatives to mention:

  • Accessing of the maternal chart by pediatricians in the WBN: There is now a Yale New Haven Health System policy that allows pediatricians to access data in the maternal chart that pertains to their patients. More information.  
  • Morning safety report: If you have a free moment, please drop in and experience the Children's Hospital morning safety report in the Pearson Conference Room, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 am. This initiative permits us to review any patient care-related services or incidents in the prior 24 hours throughout the Children's Hospital to identify areas of improvement, reduce risk and increase safety and quality. These meetings are brief (10-15 minutes), efficient and demonstrate the behind-the-scenes efforts that the hospital makes to provide the safest possible environment for all of our patients. No appointment is necessary; community clinician drop-ins are always welcome.
  • Epic sign up: Not hooked into Epic from your office yet? Please contact me so that I can arrange remote Epic access for you and your partners.
  • Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access Line: Please remember to call (888) 964-4233 the next time you need a timely consult from a pediatric attending subspecialist. Attending hospitalists are available via Y Access, as well. Coming later this year: ACCESS-Mental Health. Using the same telephone number, the service provides timely mental health consultations, advice for the clinician, and care coordination for your patients in need.
  • Looking to get involved? Multiple Children's Hospital committees would benefit from your input. There are many committees, topics and times that may work with your present schedule. Mental health, well baby, care of complex children, asthma, perinatal and patient safety are a few examples of committees that can use more community input. Please contact me if you are interested.
  • Resident Rounding Schedule: In an effort to optimize family centered rounding, please be aware of the following residents' schedules: Monday, 7:30-8:15 am, all residents in morning report; Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 am, all residents in morning report; Wednesday, 7:30-8:15 am, interns in morning report; Thursday, 7:30-8:15 am, senior residents in morning report; Friday, 7:30-8:15 am, all residents in morning report. Interns typically arrive on the wards by 6:30 am daily to start pre-rounding. Please remember that the BA on each unit can find the nurse and resident for you upon your arrival to each ward.

Center for Children's Advocacy honors John Leventhal, MD, with Champion of Children Award

John Leventhal, MD, medical director of child abuse programs and child abuse prevention programs at YNHCH, and professor of pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Center for Children's Advocacy 2014 Champion of Children Award. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of child abuse, Dr. Leventhal has served as an expert consultant to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. He is recognized nationally for his research in the area of child maltreatment and is a devoted advocate for Connecticut's vulnerable children and families.

Upcoming Events

Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service ribbon-cutting ceremony

Wednesday, June 4
5 pm
Winchester Building, first floor

For more information:
(203) 688-4907

Pediatric Specialty Center at Trumbull opening celebration

Tuesday, June 24
6 pm
5520 Park Ave.
Trumbull, CT 06611

For more information:
Marisa Salinas
(203) 688-3296

Consultation Service

For patient consultation, help with an urgent issue or to arrange an emergency transfer to YNHCH, please call our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access Line, (888) 964-4233.

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