As we bid goodbye to 2012, we look back at another great year at All Children's Hospital. In addition to providing outstanding medical care to children, the hospital had many highlights during the past year.
Jonathan M. Ellen, M.D. was named president of All Children's Hospital on July 26, having served as interim president of the hospital upon the retirement of Gary Carnes in February.
A new department of medical education was established. Headed up by Dr. Chad Brands and Dr. Raquel Hernandez, this team quickly sought and received approval for a new ACH/JHM Pediatric Residency Program. The goal is to recruit the highest caliber of students, who can become future innovators and leaders in the field of pediatrics. The first class of 12 residents is expected to enter the program in July 2014.
Neil Goldenberg, M.D., Ph.D. joined All Children's Hospital as Director of Research. He is leading the development of new research programs on the All Children's campus.
The Walmart/Sam's Club Simulation Center opened in the OCC. The facility gives All Children's patient care staff a high-tech training lab that simulates a variety of real-life medical scenarios to help staff expand and enhance their clinical skills and prepare for situations they may not see on a daily basis.
Through the financial support of the All Children's Hospital Guild, a new therapeutic playground was built for patients who use our Outpatient Care Center in Sarasota. A similar playground at the Outpatient Care Center in Ft. Myers was made possible through the generosity of Walmart and Sam's Club Associates.
A larger scale playground on the St. Pete Campus was dedicated in August, thanks to a gift from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and National Journal Group . Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for this charitable "leave behind" project in honor of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
After a major renovation, the former Physicians Office Building (POB) was redesigned and dedicated as the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. The CDRC includes improved sound booths in Audiology, a fully equipped sports gym, preschool classrooms, feeding kitchens in Speech Pathology and a teen gym with a rock climbing wall. There's an ADL (Activities of Daily Living) suite in Physical and Occupational Therapy. The building is also home to the new Autism Center, ABA and Developmental Pediatrics.
A nursing practice model called TREAT, was implemented. TREAT introduced new nursing guidelines and principles that give our nursing professionals a framework for formulating a plan of care, assessing its success and addressing problems.
Many parents throughout the bay area benefitted from a new ACH tool called "Pocket Doc." This free app is available for your iPhone, Android and via your web browser. Pocket Doc makes life easier for parents by giving them better access to the pediatric information used by professionals around the country.
Sheryl Crow headlined a successful A Taste of Pinellas. Over 30,000 attended the three-day event that benefitted ACH at St. Pete's Vinoy Park. The Taste will be on hiatus during 2013 while organizers retool the event for future success.
Over $3.7 million was raised during the 29th Annual All Children's Telethon in June. The Tampa Bay community was also generous in December, donating over $190,000 during Tampa Bay's US 103.5 Cares for Kids Radiothon.
Paul Rothman, M.D. the new Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, visited ACH in August to meet with faculty, staff and community leaders.
The All Children's Hospital Guild announced a three-year pledge to raise $900,000 to support and enhance the hospital's Palliative Care Program. The Guild's gift will create an endowment to expand and sustain this multidisciplinary program.
We welcomed many special visitors to ACH this year, including: Laura McKeeman, the reigning Miss Florida, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and mascot Raymond, Vinny Lacavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Alstott, Ronald McDonald, Super Heroes, Gasparilla Pirates, American Idol finalist Shannon Magraine, Storm Troopers and Darth Vader from Star Wars.
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