Susan Senecal, R.N., M.S.N.
Winner 2008 Health Care Hero in the Category of Medical Professional - Non-Physician
Ms. Senecal is an Advanced Practice Nurse on the Pain Management Skin/Care Team at All Children's Hospital. In 1994 she helped create the ACH Pain Management Team, working to assess and manage a patient's pain and promote pain management education. She has worked closely with the Pain Team's medical director to establish protocols for assessing pain in patients, from 1.5 pound newborns through 18-year-old cancer and sickle cell patients. She conducts pain management rounds on a regular basis, works with designated pain management educators on each inpatient unit, and teaches all new All Children's Hospital nurses about pain assessment and management.
Ongoing clinical research and policy implementation are part of Ms. Senecal's duties. She has helped to create new care pathways for patients with emergent sickle cell crises, investigated the most effective post-operative analgesia for spinal fusion patients, developed a tracheostomy care manual, and created bilingual patient education pain management materials. Recently she led the "Up With Comfort, Down With Pain!" educational initiative for patients, families and staff.
Ms. Senecal is a frequent speaker on pain management at continuing education programs for physicians and nurses. She takes a special interest in pain management for transplant patients, oncology patients, neurology/neurosurgery patients and orthopedic surgery patients. She serves on several committees at All Children's and has chaired the Florida Cancer Pain Initiative for the central region.
John Sleasman, M.D.,
Winner 2008 Health Care Hero in the Category of Innovation and Research
Dr. Sleasman is a leading AIDS researcher and an outstanding immunologist and clinician who has had a profound impact on the lives of many children and families. As the Robert A. Good Endowed Chair of Immunology at All Children's and the USF Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Sleasman is active in research, treatment, education and advocacy. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best doctors in his field at the national level.
At All Children's, Dr. Sleasman treats children with a wide range of immune disorders, including AIDS, and he is recognized as a regional expert in this area. He trains resident physicians, post-doctoral clinical and research fellows, and is active as principal or co-investigator in NIH-funded studies of HIV pathogenesis, therapy and prevention. His work provides a strong example of translational research--in the laboratory he is researching the workings of the HIV virus in hopes of achieving a vaccine as well as more effective therapies, and in the clinic he is working with HIV patients to manage their disease.
Recently Dr. Sleasman was named co-investigator for a $460,000, two-year grant for research designed to use certain autoantibodies from patients in the immunology and rheumatology clinics at All Children's/USF and other institutions to create an effective HIV vaccine.
Dr. Sleasman's research fosters scientific interaction among All Children's, USF, University of Florida and other academic medical centers. He has chaired NIH sections focusing on HIV research and HIV in adolescents. Two years ago he received the Silver Award for AIDS research from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Other research efforts by Dr. Sleasman include the role of red tide toxin in asthma attacks and immune function and the use of subcutaneous immune globulin in the treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases.
Dr. Sleasman's diverse clinical and research skills, particularly his approach to the intractable problem of HIV, are prime examples of Innovation and Research as a Health Care Hero.