General News
Posted January 2, 2014
All Children's Takes A Look Back at 2013

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2013 was busier than ever at All Children's Hospital and in our community outreach to the children and families of Tampa Bay. Here's a quick look at the year in review:
ACH was recognized as a top performer in pediatric care by The Joint Commission and the National Research Corporation. We launched our culture of safety initiative with a survey that had greater than 80 percent participation. We welcomed a new VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Patient Safety Officer, Dr. Brigitta Mueller. As part of our commitment to patient safety, we introduced mandatory flu immunization at All Children's, and as we begin 2014 we can be proud of our 100 percent immunization rate. We continued to provide compassionate, expert care to children from throughout Florida and beyond.

Education: The Simulation Center added a surgical suite for education and training. A pediatric surgery fellowship was accredited and will begin July 1, along with the new ACH JHM pediatric residency program. All Children's Marketing and Office of Medical Education departments co-sponsored an exhibit at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics to highlight the new residency program and our hospital.  Governor Rick Scott visited All Children's in December to spotlight new state funding for residency programs at Florida hospitals, including ACH.

Research: The innovative iPICS (Institution-Wide Prospective Inception Cohort Study of Individuals with childhood-Onset Acute and Chronic Health Conditions) study enrolled its first patient in July. The 2nd Annual ACH JHM Research Symposium provided a day of informative poster sessions and oral presentations. A multidisciplinary team led by NICU Director Cindy Driscoll received an Innovation in Health Care award from the Florida Hospital Association for "MRI Without Sedation" - an outcomes research initiative that continues at ACH. In May, a Nursing Research Day was part of Nurses Week events for the first time; in October, a new Nursing Research Fellowship at ACH was introduced at ACH.

Advocacy: Our Safe Kids and Safe Routes to School staff worked with children, teens, parents, teachers and community leaders in a wide range of injury prevention efforts. Fit4Allkids staff got things cooking at schools, community centers and Y's, promoting healthy food choices; they also supported pediatricians' use of the Fit4allkids curriculum with patients. The AllSports Medicine program shared lessons about preventing injuries in young athletes at a coaches clinic held at Tropicana Field, thanks in part to All Children's sponsorship with the Tampa Bay Rays. Faculty from Baltimore spoke on key women's health topics at A Women's Journey, an event held in both Tampa and St. Petersburg.

We met with many organizations and agencies from Pinellas County to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment. At "A Community Health Conversation" in November we introduced a new Community Benefit Plan aimed at a community-driven approach to improving children's health.

Our patients had many special visitors, including: Spiderman and other superheroes, athletes from the Rays, Buccaneers, Rowdies and USF along with former Lightning player and ongoing ACH supporter Vinny Lecavalier. Other visitors included ballet dancers, cheerleaders and Grand Prix drivers.

Holiday celebrations began with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day becoming an official holiday for ACH employees. Mike and Nicole Alstott again sponsored a Valentine's Day party for patients in the Children's Auditorium.  Servicemen from MacDill Air Force Base visited ACH patients and families on Memorial Day for a special observance. Patients and employees donned costumes to celebrate Halloween and were joined by some popular Sesame Street characters. A special Thanksgiving meal was appreciated by families spending their holiday at ACH, and employees enjoyed holiday festivities during December.

Patients also threw snowballs at Winterfest and enjoyed their own Homecoming Dance under a ceiling of shimmering stars - truly an evening to remember.

"All we do. All for kids"....a new brand awareness and advertising campaign launched in November 2013 in the Tampa Bay area, using digital, print, radio, TV and outdoor advertising along with a virtual online tour at  A fun new campaign feature is scheduled to appeared on January 2, 2014 at International Plaza.
We completed the final phase of the last master plan for the ACH campus with the removal of the former Children's Health Center and creation of a new parking area and entry way for the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, which in turn allowed improvements to the parking area east of the CDRC to begin in December.

Fundraising successes included the VIP Auction in April, the 30th annual ACH Telethon in June, the Employee Giving program, and December's two-day US 103.5 Cares for Kids Radiothon.
The year ahead promises to be even busier - here's to a happy and healthy 2014.