2019-2020 UH Rainbow Physicians Awards and Recognitions

Nancy Bass, MD, program director, pediatric neurology, was recently elected president-elect for the Professors of Child Neurology - a national organization that is made up of leaders of Child Neurology and Residency Program Directors across the country. This organization shapes the future of child neurology training working directly with other national organizations including the Child Neurology Society, American Academy of Neurology and American College of Graduate Medical Education. The president oversees the board of directors for the organization and presents innovative topics to work on related to training of child neurologists. Dr. Bass was also elected Midwest Councilor for the Child Neurology Society.  This position places her on the executive committee for the organization and provides her voting privileges on policies of national significance for practicing child neurologists nationwide. 

Steven L. Shein, MDChief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Interim Chief of Cardiothoracic Intensive Care and Linsalata Family Chair in Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, was selected by two preeminent PICU research networks – Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) and Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN) - to serve on an international panel of stakeholders working on establishing a Core Outcomes Set for all PICU-related research.  The expert panel includes clinicians, researchers, patients, family members and others. Dr. Shein was also elected to serve on the Society of Critical Care Medicine Research Section Executive Council (SCCM), and received the 2020 Presidential Citation from SCCM.

The UH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program achieved national accreditation as a Comprehensive Care Center from the Adult Congenital Heart Association. UH Rainbow is one of 34 hospitals in the country to receive this coveted designation. The program includes three board certified ACHD cardiologists along with experts from pediatric and adult cardiology subspecialties. The ACHD program has many specialized clinics offering multidisciplinary care to address various needs of adults with CHD (i.e., pregnancy, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmia, aortopathy). A strong collaboration between UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute offers seamless transition between children's and adult care services for our patients. If you would like to refer a patient, call program coordinator at 216-844-3437.

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, who received the 2019 Elizabeth Spencer Ruppert, MD, FAAP, Outstanding Pediatrician of the Year Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP). A general pediatrician at Partners in Pediatrics in Westlake, Dr. Garner is a national expert on early brain development and the factors affecting it, and has been an invited lecturer at numerous national and international pediatric professional meetings and conferences, speaking on topics such as the impact of stress and trauma on the developing brain. He also has published extensively on early brain development in pediatric medical journals. Dr. Garner has served as past-president of Ohio AAP and member of the Foundation Board. Read the full article.

Elizabeth A. Diekroger, MD, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology, served on a committee that developed a new guideline on Complex ADHD for the Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics – that was released on January 30.  The new guideline, formally endorsed by the Child Neurology Society, provides a framework for evaluation and management of complex ADHD and was designed to complement the existing guideline published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nicole Johnson, MD and Anne Stormorken, MD, co-medical directors of the UH Rainbow Sedation Unit and team for achieving Center of Excellence in Pediatric Sedation designation from the Society of Pediatric Sedation (SPS) in 2019. The sedation unit underwent extensive and rigorous review by a panel of reviewers from SPS and met or exceeded the highest quality standards of care. We applaud the team for its commitment to providing quality sedation care for your pediatric patients. To learn more about the UH Rainbow Pediatric Sedation Unit and to find out how to schedule a patient please visit the UH DWP (UH clinicians access only).

University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital is proud to continue their prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the US. UH MacDonald first received this designation in December 2015. This recognition demonstrates UH MacDonald adheres to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.  University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is also a designated Baby-Friendly hospital. Read the full article.

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