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  • PetSmart Donates $250,000 to Rady Children’s for Canine Therapy Program
    250 000 to Rady Children s for Canine Therapy Program San Diego July 29 2014 PetSmart has made a generous donation of 250 000 to Rady Children s Hospital San Diego to further enhance the canine therapy program at the Hospital As a result of the donation the program has been renamed the PetSmart Paws for Hope at Rady Children s At PetSmart we believe in building partnerships that help people heal through the power of pets said David Lenhardt president of chief executive officer of PetSmart We re proud to partner with Rady Children s on PetSmart Paws for Hope and look forward to watching the life changing program grow Currently there are 33 canine volunteers participating in the program The canines visit Hospital patients five days a week resulting in more than 15 000 bedside visits per year The gift will help expand the program and allow staff to test more dogs for the program in the future The program will also expand to the following areas within Rady Children s Spiritual Care Bereavement Child Adolescent Psychiatry Program Eating Disorder Clinic Bernardy Center and Hospital employee and Patient Wellness programs We are so grateful for the incredible generosity from PetSmart which enables us to significantly enhance our Canine Therapy program said Steve Jennings senior vice president and executive director of Rady Children s Hospital Foundation Many special programs rely on community support to operate and with this donation Rady Children s will be better equipped to provide the excellence in patient care we are known for nationwide This is the third national partnership of its kind between PetSmart and a hospital pet therapy program existing programs include Phoenix Children s Hospital and Orlando Health In 2012 PetSmart teamed up with Phoenix Children s Hospital to sponsor their first

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-receives-generous-gift-from-petsmart-to-expand-canine-therapy-program/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Six Years in a Row! Bernardy Center Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Nursing Homes
    July 21 2014 For the sixth year in a row U S News World Report ranked the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego as one of the best nursing homes in the nation We are proud to be ranked among the nation s best for the sixth consecutive year said Pamela Dixon the director of the Bernardy Center It speaks to the excellent care that our highly skilled interdisciplinary team of caregivers gives to each of our residents every day The Bernardy Center team includes Registered nurses licensed vocational nurses licensed respiratory therapists and certified nursing assistants who provide 24 hour nursing care Occupational and physical therapists who assure the children are able to participate in their environment and remain strong and healthy through individualized exercise programs The recreation team who assures the children have fun outside the facility as well as on the Rady Children s campus A dietician who monitors and maintains nutrition needs so the children stay strong enough to participate in activities Attending physicians who monitor all residents regularly at which time the resident s treatment plan and any specialist recommendations are reviewed A social worker and program manager who pull all these components into a comprehensive plan of care and work closely with the families on their goals to take their children home for a day or for the rest of their lives The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state out of nearly 16 000 facilities nationwide Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories health inspections level of nurse staffing and quality of care The Best Nursing Homes also gives each facility an

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/six-years-in-a-row-bernardy-center-ranked-among-the-nations-best-nursing-homes/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Cancer Researcher Receives Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award
    Blood Disorders received a 2014 Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award to fund her work on brain tumors in children She is one of 13 recipients of this award which helps principal investigators pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer Over the course of the year Hope On Wheels will donate 13 million to children s hospitals nationwide through its Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award and Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant programs Celebrating its 16 th year Hope On Wheels will surpass 86 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research and programs since its inception in 1998 Since 2005 Rady Children s Hospital San Diego has received 825 000 from Hope On Wheels With the generous and continued support of Hyundai we will be able to further the identification and development of patient specific treatments for pediatric brain cancers like medulloblastoma Dr Udaka said The award was presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at Rady Children s The ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels community of supporters together During the ceremony San Diego area children battling cancer place their handprints dipped in colorful paint on a white 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels Hyundai is a brand that not only builds great cars but is committed to doing good things that serve society s needs said Dave Zuchowski President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America Pediatric cancer is an issue that affects far too many children Together with our dealers we joined this fight in 1998 We are committed to ending this disease by funding lifesaving research Through Hope On Wheels we look forward to a world in which no child will have to

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/hyundai-hope-on-wheels-awards-dr-tina-udaka-75000-hyundai-young-investigator-clinical-award/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Files Containing Patient Information Released in Error
    claim information The email did not contain social security insurance or credit card numbers street addresses or parent and guardian names Rady Children s learned of this incident late in the day on June 10 2014 and immediately contacted the four individuals who received the emails Through our interviews with the individuals we learned that one of them forwarded the email on to two other people Of the six recipients two were unable to open the file Our first priority has been to confirm that each of the recipients deleted the email and the attachment from their computer and or external devices Each recipient in this first case confirmed in writing they have removed the email and attachment We have employed an independent IT security firm to verify that the files have been deleted from the recipients devices Rady Children s established a communication center staffed by more than 150 managers physicians and staff and within three days had reached all individuals with working contact information Rady Children s is also notifying affected families by mail Notification letters were mailed on June 16 Rady Children s internal investigation included reviewing if any other area had utilized a training file for testing competency We discovered one other instance of patient information being shared in error In this case in August November and December 2012 an employee emailed a training exercise containing limited patient information to test three job candidates An additional six job applicants came to the Rady Children s campus to take the test on a Rady Children s computer but had no ability to save store or send the data That file contained information on 6 307 patients who were registered for inpatient or outpatient treatment between June 30 2009 and June 30 2010 Information included patients names discharge

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/files-containing-patient-information-released-in-error/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Neonatal Neurologist Awarded Grant from The Hartwell Foundation
    Women and Newborns The service is one of just five such programs in the United States When I went into neonatal neurology I saw a huge need for research to help newborns in San Diego and throughout the world said Harbert What s so great about The Hartwell Foundation is that they are willing to risk supporting my very early stage ideas I am honored to win this award By improving methods of neonatal brain monitoring Harbert s research will help clinicians identify infants at risk for brain injury Abnormal electrical brain activity during the first minutes of the birth transition may be predictive of asphyxia which occurs when the newborn is deprived of oxygen and which places the newborn at risk for neurocognitive impairment and physical disabilities including cerebral palsy Conventional technology for measuring brain activity consists of bulky wired electrodes and instrumentation that requires special expertise and a lengthy set up time To address the need for quick and early recognition of abnormal electrical brain activity in newborns Harbert is working on a wireless approach using a thin patch of micro circuitry sometimes called tattoo electronics Such technology could enable early detection of asphyxiated newborns and identify those infants who would benefit most from therapeutic hypothermia a method of reducing risk of injury by chilling the newborn to bring down body temperature Harbert is also the principal investigator for a clinical trial of temporary tattoo electronics for the evaluation of newborn seizures for which she is collaborating with Todd Coleman PhD an associate professor in bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Dr Harbert s research has the potential to greatly improve medical care for newborns at risk for brain injury said William Mobley MD PhD chair of the Department of Neurosciences As a clinician

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-neonatal-neurologist-awarded-grant-from-the-hartwell-foundation/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Solution to Helping Teens with Chronic Disease May be at Fingertips
    issue of Pediatrics Eighty one patients ranging from 12 to 20 years old participated in the eight month study Those assigned to the intervention group received an Internet and mobile phone system Patients were asked to use a secure web site weekly to receive theme based materials and lifestyle tips Automated text messages were also sent three to five times a week to help patients perform a variety of tasks such as monitoring symptoms keeping appointments and interpreting medical bills Parents usually take a leading role when treating adolescents with chronic disease but we want teenage patients to have a voice and become advocates for their own health said principal investigator Jeannie Huang MD with the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children s Hospital San Diego The goal of the program is ultimately to improve communications between affected teens and their doctors Huang said poor transition experiences are commonly reported among ACD and have been linked to an increase in mental health and psychosocial issues By communicating using technology in a secure way we are meeting these patients where they are and becoming more intimately involved in their health care journey and preparation into adulthood said Huang Participating patients had access to a texting communication system that allowed them to report health concerns via text messages directly sent to the patient s health care team Huang said this feature resulted in one patient in particular accessing timely emergency care when he might otherwise not have or would likely have waited until his condition had dramatically declined The study found patients were communicating more with their physicians via text message and phone and health care providers were utilizing the technology to start a productive dialogue with young patients and triage in an innovative way

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/solution-to-helping-teens-with-chronic-disease-may-be-at-fingertips/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Scripps, Rady Children’s Enter Hospice Agreement
    Us Newsroom Press Releases Scripps Rady Children s Enter Hospice Agreement Newsroom Scripps Rady Children s Enter Hospice Agreement About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Scripps Rady Children s Enter Hospice Agreement San Diego May 20 2014 Scripps Health and Rady Children s Hospital San Diego have reached an affiliation agreement to treat children in need of end of life care We are proud to partner with Rady Children s Hospital to help care for these young patients said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder These children and their families are facing an incredibly difficult time With Scripps and Rady Children s working together we can make it a bit easier by providing the best care possible Integrated program Through the affiliation a specialized team of clinicians from Scripps and Rady Children s will work together as part of a fully integrated program to provide pediatric hospice care services tailored to what s best for each patient The program will be operated under the Scripps Hospice license and will be under the medical direction of Kim Bower M D a pediatric hospice and palliative care expert at Rady Children s Rady Children s and Scripps have enjoyed a successful collaborative relationship for years partnering on neonatal care and most recently the Scripps Proton Therapy Center said Rady Children s acting President Donald Kearns M D We look forward to again working with Scripps to ensure that exceptional services are available for the children and families we serve Leader in hospice care Scripps began offering hospice services in February 2013 in response to the closure of San Diego Hospice Since then Scripps Hospice has become one of the largest providers of hospice services in the San

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/scripps-rady-childrens-enter-hospice-agreement/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Researchers Find Possible Cause and Source of Kawasaki Disease
    Rady Children s Hospital San Diego assembled an international team to help decipher the distinct seasonality of this devastating childhood illness Noting that the timing of KD outbreaks in Japan coincides with certain wind patterns from Asia climate scientist Xavier Rodó PhD and colleagues at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies and the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences both in Barcelona used computer models to simulate air currents and airborne particle transport for all days since 1977 with high numbers of KD cases in Japan based on data compiled by Yoshikazu Nakamura MD and colleagues at Jichi Medical University in Japan The modeling indicated that KD cases in many Japanese locations both in and out of epidemic years peaked only when winds originated from a densely cultivated region in northeastern China characterized by vast cereal croplands In 2011 the Barcelona researchers equipped an aircraft based in Japan with a newly designed large volume air filtering device to collect aerosol samples With help from Hiroshi Tanimoto PhD and colleagues at the National Institute of Environmental Science in Tsukuba Japan the plane sampled at altitudes between two and three kilometers above Japan to avoid surface contaminants and on days during the KD season when air currents originated only from northeastern China Detailed microbiome analyses of the samples by Brent Williams PhD and Ian Lipkin MD at Columbia University in New York City identified Candida species as the dominant airborne fungus a finding not previously reported from other aerosol sampling campaigns in other regions of the globe Candida is a genus of yeasts and the most common cause of diverse human fungal infections worldwide In their current PNAS paper the multidisciplinary team of Rodó Burns Dan Cayan PhD a climate researcher at UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co authors in New York Barcelona and Japan say the new evidence suggests that the most likely cause of KD is a preformed toxin or environmental molecule originating from northeastern China possibly related to Candida which has been linked to Kawasaki like coronary artery vasculitis in mouse models Burns summarized the major findings Prevailing wind patterns associated with KD cases in Japan track back to northeastern China which is the country s main cereal grain growing region KD has a short incubation time less than 24 hours between exposure and fever onset suggesting the cause is not a traditional infectious organism but more likely a toxin perhaps fungal in origin that readily triggers a host immune response in genetically susceptible children Air sampling in Japan during the winter KD season found unexpectedly high levels of Candida species within the rich microbiome of tropospheric winds Burns who has published extensively on KD said these combined factors point to a pathogenic airborne toxin or molecule associated with areas of intensive agriculture which is lofted into the winds and causes idiosyncratic immune reactions in genetically susceptible children This is a Sherlock Holmes situation said Burns The data suggest that people are doing something new

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/researchers-find-possible-cause-and-source-of-kawasaki-disease/ (2015-03-26)
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