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  • Rady Children’s Named 2012 “Most Wired” Hospital
    seven percent of all surveyed hospitals use automated patient flow systems Ninety percent of Most Wired hospitals and seventy three percent of all surveyed use performance improvement scorecards to help reduce inefficiencies One hundred percent of Most Wired hospitals check drug interactions and drug allergies when medications are ordered as a major step in reducing medication errors As shown by these survey results hospitals continue to demonstrate how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency says Rich Umbdenstock president and CEO of the AHA Hospitals receiving Most Wired recognition are truly representative of our nation s hospitals and systems rural and urban small and large teaching and non teaching and critical access hospitals geographically dispersed Equipping caregivers with the information needed to drive quality safety and efficiency will continue to be an imperative as the challenges facing health systems grow increasingly complex says Pat Blake president McKesson Technology Solutions The effective use of health IT including actionable analytics and connectivity can be a strategic lever as hospitals and health systems work to drive better outcomes while managing capacity reducing costs and coordinating care across multiple settings and caregivers Of note social media is catching on among the Most Wired hospitals for crisis communications nearly one half compared with one third of total responders use this media More than 25 percent offer care management messages and chats with physicians Health Care s Most Wired Survey conducted between Jan 15 and March 15 asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives Respondents completed 662 surveys representing 1 570 hospitals or roughly 27 percent of all U S hospitals The July H HN cover story detailing results is available at www hhnmag com About the AHA The American Hospital Association AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals health care networks and their patients and communities Close to 5 000 hospitals health care systems networks other providers of care and 40 000 individual members come together to form the AHA Founded in 1898 the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends For more information visit the AHA website at www aha org About the Most Wired Survey The 2012 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives CHIME and the American Hospital Association About the Sponsors McKesson Corporation currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500 is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better We partner with payers hospitals physician offices pharmacies pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting McKesson helps its customers improve their financial operational and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical surgical supply management healthcare information technology and business

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-named-2012-most-wired-hospital/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Now Operates Inpatient Crisis Intervention Unit
    Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Rady Children s Now Operates Inpatient Crisis Intervention Unit San Diego July 3 2012 Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is pleased to announce it has assumed operational responsibility for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services CAPS program a 22 bed psychiatric facility for children and adolescents at Alvarado Medical Center The facility previously licensed to the UC San Diego is an acute care 24 hour 7 day per week facility focusing on crisis intervention mental health assessments and treatment of a wide array of mental health diagnoses CAPS will provide psychological psychosocial and educational assessments for a diverse population of children and adolescents in San Diego County and Southern California said Charles Wilson Senior Director Chadwick Center for Children Families The inpatient psychiatric program will be a secure facility and the patients will benefit from being treated by specialists from the Rady Children s and UC San Diego psychiatric teams with an average length of stay of five to seven days CAPS provides an invaluable service to meet the mental health needs of San Diego County and the Southern California region with referrals from Los Angeles Orange Riverside San Bernardino and Imperial counties CAPS is primarily funded by the County of San Diego The program will be relocated to the Rady Children s campus in January 2013 About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego the largest children s hospital in California is a 442 bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego Southern Riverside and Imperial counties Rady Children s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region s only designated pediatric trauma center On

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  • Gene Mutations Cause Massive Brain Asymmetry
    say de novo somatic mutations in a trio of genes that help regulate cell size and proliferation are likely culprits for causing hemimegalencephaly though perhaps not the only ones De novo somatic mutations are genetic changes in non sex cells that are neither possessed nor transmitted by either parent The scientists findings a collaboration between Joseph G Gleeson MD professor of neurosciences and pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Gary W Mathern MD a neurosurgeon at UC Los Angeles Mattel Children s Hospital and colleagues suggest it may be possible to design drugs that inhibit or turn down signals from these mutated genes reducing or even preventing the need for surgery Gleeson s lab studied a group of 20 patients with hemimegalencephaly upon whom Mathern had operated analyzing and comparing DNA sequences from removed brain tissue with DNA from the patients blood and saliva Mathern had reported a family with identical twins in which one had hemimegalencephaly and one did not Since such twins share all inherited DNA we got to thinking that there may be a new mutation that arose in the diseased brain that causes the condition said Gleeson Realizing they shared the same ideas about potential causes the physicians set out to tackle this question using new exome sequencing technology which allows sequencing of all of the protein coding exons of the genome at the same time The researchers ultimately identified three gene mutations found only in the diseased brain samples All three mutated genes had previously been linked to cancers We found mutations in a high percentage of the cells in genes regulating the cellular growth pathways in hemimegalencephaly said Gleeson These same mutations have been found in various solid malignancies including breast and pancreatic cancer For reasons we do not yet understand our patients do not develop cancer but rather this unusual brain condition Either there are other mutations required for cancer propagation that are missing in these patients or neurons are not capable of forming these types of cancers The mutations were found in 30 percent of the patients studied indicating other factors are involved Nonetheless the researchers have begun investigating potential treatments that address the known gene mutations with the clear goal of finding a way to avoid the need for surgery Although counterintuitive hemimegalencephaly patients are far better off following the functional removal or disconnection of the enlarged hemisphere said Mathern Prior to the surgery most patients have devastating epilepsy with hundreds of seizures per day completely resistant to even our most powerful anti seizure medications The surgery disconnects the affected hemisphere from the rest of the brain causing the seizures to stop If performed at a young age and with appropriate rehabilitation most children suffer less language or cognitive delay due to neural plasticity of the remaining hemisphere But a less invasive drug therapy would still be more appealing We know that certain already approved medications can turn down the signaling pathway

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  • U.S. News Ranks Rady Children’s Among Nation’s Best in Ten Pediatric Specialties
    country in ten pediatric specialties Not only did Rady Children s Hospital San Diego achieve rankings in all ten specialties the Hospital achieved its highest ranking ever in the survey 2 in Orthopedics With 178 children s hospitals in the United States participating in the survey the top rankings place Rady Children s among the nation s elite At Rady Children s we hold ourselves to the highest standard in everything we do whether it s providing world class medical care to the children of our region or discovering cures for childhood diseases said Kathleen Sellick President and CEO of Rady Children s Hospital That s why these rankings are so gratifying They show that we are keeping our covenant with San Diego to provide the best and most comprehensive services available U S News World Report s 2012 13 Best Children s Hospitals rankings recognize the nation s top 50 children s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties cancer cardiology and heart surgery diabetes and endocrinology gastroenterology neonatology nephrology neurology and neurosurgery orthopedics pulmonology and urology The specialties at Rady Children s ranking in the top 50 are Orthopedics 2 Urology 9 Nephrology 17 Diabetes Endocrinology 20 Pulmonology 22 Neonatology 21 Neurology Neurosurgery 27 Cardiology Heart Surgery 28 Gastroenterology 30 and Cancer 37 Rady Children s rankings increased in eight of 10 specialties when compared to last year s results with two specialties ranking in the top 10 Urology and Orthopedics Rady Children s Hospital San Diego deserves high praise for its accomplishments said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow Rady Children s has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids Our goal at U S News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one For families of sick children Best Children s

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/u-s-news-ranks-rady-childrens-among-nations-best-in-ten-pediatric-specialties/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Clarity Begins at Exome
    genes including the identification of the EXOC8 gene as a cause of Joubert syndrome a condition affecting the developing cerebellum and GFM2 as a cause for a condition that results in a small brain combined with pediatric diabetes More surprising the researchers discovered that in approximately 10 percent of cases exome sequencing led to the identification of a known disease causing gene prompting a change in diagnosis and care for some patients Initially we were surprised to find mutations in genes already known to cause human disease because we had previously excluded the known causes based upon the patient diagnosis said Gleeson When we went back to the patients to figure out what had happened we determined that in each case the original diagnosis did not agree with the genetic diagnosis This happened in about 10 percent of the cases we studied even though the patients had been diagnosed according to standard clinical practice In each case the researchers determined that the genetic diagnosis was fully correct and by careful review of the patient record determined that the original diagnosis was incorrect If we extrapolate these results to the general population seen in these clinics we can infer that a large number of patients could possibly have their diagnosis and treatment modified by advanced genetic testing Gleeson said the reason for these inconsistencies were manifold but did not reflect errors in medical diagnosis at least none that the research team could identify Instead he said the differences highlight the inherent difficulty of achieving specific diagnoses particularly given the complexities of brain development and function Tracy Dixon Salazar PhD a member of Gleeson s lab and first author of the study said the findings provide proof that exome sequencing in the clinic can be a valuable tool for diagnosing disease especially

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  • Heart Transplant Surgeon Dr. Eric J. Devaney Joins Rady Children’s
    the largest and most comprehensive pediatric heart program in San Diego Imperial and Orange Counties as the Hospital s first heart transplant surgeon Hiring a surgeon of Dr Devaney s caliber is a game changer for the cardiology program at Rady Children s said John J Lamberti M D the Eugene and Joyce Klein Director in Cardiovascular Surgery at Rady Children s Heart Center Providing heart transplants here in San Diego will relieve the tremendous burden that is placed on families who until now had no choice but to travel long distances for care In addition to heart transplantation Dr Devaney specializes in congenital heart surgery and circulatory support He comes to Rady Children s from the University of Michigan where he completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery Dr Devaney developed his surgical practice over the last decade at C S Mott Children s Hospital at the University of Michigan Dr Devaney will serve as Director of Cardiac Transplantation at Rady Children s I m very excited to make pediatric heart transplantation a reality for the Heart Center at Rady Children s said Dr Devaney In addition to the services already available at Rady Children s the ability to perform heart transplants will allow us to provide comprehensive care for all children with any form of heart disease Dr Devaney s clinical interests and expertise are in the surgical management of complex congenital heart disease in neonates infants and children and young adults He also conducts basic research studies in the molecular biology of cardiac muscle function and heart failure seeking possible therapies for the complications of congenital heart disease Rady Children s hopes to conduct its first pediatric heart transplant by the end of 2012 About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s

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  • New Study: Button Batteries Sending More Kids To Emergency Rooms
    More Kids To Emergency Rooms Newsroom New Study Button Batteries Sending More Kids To Emergency Rooms About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications New Study Button Batteries Sending More Kids To Emergency Rooms San Diego CA They look like buttons and are widely used in household products including remote controls watches calculators small toys hearing aids small electronic devices and many other products which children have easy access to They are called button batteries made of lithium and when accidentally ingested by young children can cause serious harm to a child or even be fatal A study published today in Pediatrics shows an increase in the number of children going to emergency rooms for treatment after ingesting button batteries or sticking them in the nose or ears From 1990 2009 there were roughly 66 000 emergency department visits by children under age 18 years associated with batteries during the 20 year study period The button batteries are dangerous they are attractive to kids because they are small and shiny and they can easily be put in their nose ear or they can swallow it Pediatric Otolaryngologist Marcella Bothwell M D said The coin sized batteries can completely block the throat blocking air passages and even trigger a chemical process and burn through tissue within just a few hours The batteries have a nominal voltage between 1 5 and 3 volts and vary in weight from 1 10 grams Doctors say batteries that are swallowed can cause damage to the esophageal wall vocal cord paralysis and chemical burns Curious kids often stick the batteries in their nose or ears leading to perforation of the ear drum and even nose deformities Doctors at Rady Children s see about 10

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  • Genoptix Executive Joins Hospital Board
    the board of Rady Children s Hospital San Diego I m honored to serve as a trustee and plan to help raise awareness about Rady Children s as a leader in pediatric research Nova said It s exciting to be part of a team that is working to find treatments and cures for childhood diseases and injuries that will help children in San Diego and around the world Dr Nova currently serves as the President and Co Founder of Genoptix Inc a Novartis Company Genoptix provides personalized and comprehensive laboratory services to community based hematologists and oncologists with expertise in the most challenging diagnoses Dr Nova has also served in leadership positions in numerous businesses including Co Founder Chief Operating Officer and President of Nanogen Inc a provider of molecular diagnostic tests from 1994 to 2000 Chief Operating Officer of Selective Genetics a targeted therapy biotechnology company from 1992 to 1994 Various director level positions with Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated a drug discovery and development company from 1988 to 1992 Various research and management positions with Hybritech Inc a former subsidiary of Eli Lilly Company and pharmaceutical company from 1984 1988 Dr Nova currently serves on the Board of Directors of Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc and Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation She formerly was a member of the Board of Directors of Cypress Biosciences Inc and was Chair of the Board of Directors of BIOCOM Dr Nova holds a B S in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine and a Ph D in Biochemistry from the University of California Riverside About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego the largest children s hospital in California is a 442 bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego Southern Riverside and

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