Technically Speaking: Epic Update This Weekend

As you may have already heard, we will be installing an Epic update this weekend, which will bring our production environment onto the February 2021 version of the software. Our plan is to install the update early Sunday morning on Dec. 5, during which time downtime procedures will be in place. All other electronic systems should function appropriately.

Providers should see only minor changes when Epic comes back online. Here’s a quick summary of notable additions:

  • If a provider chooses not to share a note with a family, they will be prompted to enter a reason for not doing so. This is not punitive—I promise!
  • Users will be able to enter ambulatory orders from a new tab in the inpatient Manage Orders activity. Use of the discharge navigator will no longer be required.
  • Lab components will be searchable in Chart Search. This will allow users to search for specific lab components rather than the lab order.
  • Best practice advisories will have feedback buttons and offer users a chance to comment on their utility.
  • Outside lab results imported via Care Everywhere will appear in Chart Review in line with Children’s results.
  • More “hover-to-discover” bubbles will be available in a multitude of locations.

Beginning Sunday morning, we will have an active update command center in operation and will have increased resources available for provider support. If you’re having problems, reach out to the Helpdesk (402-955-6700) or let me know. Following this installation, we will move to a twice-per-year update cadence to make sure we are providing you with the most up-to-date patient care tools possible.

Thanks for your flexibility, adaptability and for all you do!

Stephen Dolter, M.D., CMIO

Action Requested: Voting is Open for CSP Board of Directors Physician Member Election

Voting for the 2022 CSP Board of Directors Physician members opened Dec. 1 and will conclude at the end of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. The winning candidates will be announced that week. The write-in period for additional nominees expired with no additional candidates brought forth. Let’s get to know your candidates… click here.


Thank you,
Alan Tingley, M.D., MBA
President, Children’s Specialty Physicians

Thank You, Dr. Erickson

As announced earlier this week, Jeff Delaney, M.D., Pediatric Cardiology has been named division chief of Pediatric Cardiology, as Chris Erickson, M.D., steps down from his role as interim chief.

“We would like to acknowledge Dr. Erickson’s efforts as interim clinical service chief for Pediatric Cardiology, a role he also served during a previous chief search,” said Alan Tingley, M.D., MBA. “His service is an example of the strong tradition at Children’s of physicians stepping into interim roles when called upon to ensure smooth transitions in leadership. Interim positions are frequently challenging and are extremely important to maintain continuity for patients, families, and staff.”

Path of Travel to Hubbard Center for Children will Change on Dec. 6

Due to the renovation of the Wiebe Tower lobby, the path of travel to the Hubbard Center for Children will change, beginning Monday, Dec. 6. From the lobby Access desk, public and staff will be encouraged to travel east in front of the Wiebe Tower public elevators. The path of travel will take you in front of the entry to the procedure room hallway and into a newly constructed corridor on Level 1 that will lead north directly into the Hubbard Center public elevators.

To assist with this change, several new signs will be placed on the route to direct walking traffic to and from the Hubbard Center. A security officer will also be stationed in the Wiebe Tower public elevator lobby to assist with screening and traffic control. The construction team understands the frustration with changing routes and the constant construction in these public spaces. The plan calls for this to be the final route change into the Hubbard Center until the new surgical services waiting room is complete in the fourth quarter of 2022. Please reference the diagram below. Starting Friday Dec. 3 through Sunday Dec. 5, both highlighted paths of travel will be open for use. Starting Monday, Dec. 6, only the eastern highlighted corridor will be available. Thank you for your cooperation as renovation continues. Thank you for your cooperation as renovation continues.

Click here to see the map.

Jeff Delaney, M.D., Named Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology

Jeff Delaney, M.D., Pediatric Cardiology has been named division chief of Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, Dr. Delaney has been named the Theodore F. Hubbard, M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. This appointment is effective immediately.

“I’m thrilled to announce, after a national search with interest from multiple exceptional candidates, that Jeff Delaney, M.D., has accepted our offer to serve as Children’s and UNMC’s division chief of Pediatric Cardiology,” said Kari Simonsen, M.D., MBA, chair of the UNMC Department of Pediatrics, pediatrician-in-chief and senior vice president of pediatric services for Children’s.

“Dr. Delaney has been a faculty member since 2008 and has risen through the ranks in progressive leadership and academic accomplishment. He is a talented physician who has the depth of knowledge of our history and a vision for our future–making him the right leader at the right time to continue the trajectory of growth and cultivate a successful, academic division of Pediatric Cardiology. Please join me in congratulating him!” 

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Delaney was director of Interventional Cardiology and medical director of Pediatric Cardiology. He was instrumental in planning Children’s state-of-the-art heart catheterization lab.

“We are pleased that Dr. Jeff Delaney will serve as the next clinical service chief and inaugural holder of the Theodore F. Hubbard, M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology,” said Alan Tingley, M.D., MBA, president of Children’s Specialty Physicians. “He is a respected clinician and colleague. We look forward to the contributions his leadership will provide in advancing the mission of Children’s and the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Heart Center.”

Today is Giving Tuesday

Funds raised support the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House which gives families the comfort of a home away from home this holiday season. Help support families like the Rivera family who relied on the Rainbow House while their son, Rush, was at Children’s. To watch Rush’s story or make a donation, visit:

Did you know that this year the Rainbow House has served 27 states and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico? The Carolyn Scott Rainbow House provides respite for families traveling 60 miles or more for their child’s care.

  • $350 provides for a five-night stay at the Rainbow House for a family
  • $250 provides meals for families staying at the Rainbow House
  • $100 provides activities and games for families staying at the Rainbow House
  • $70 funds a one-night stay at the Rainbow House for a family in need
  • $50 helps stock pantry items for the Rainbow House

New this year, Facebook is matching up to $8 million in qualifying donations made on GivingTuesday, Nov. 30 beginning at 7 a.m. CST.

Please feel free to share the Facebook post featuring Rush’s story or share Children’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser with family and friends to spread awareness of this service that helps fulfill our mission of improving the life of every child.

Donated meals remain low due to COVID-19 restrictions that do not allow groups to cook in the kitchen. You may always share the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House Meal Schedule with family and friends who are inclined to drop off a meal:

Thank you for your generosity!

Lab Alert: Group A Strep PCR Testing Update

Due to manufacturing delays and supply chain issues, strep testing kits have been put on a national allocation and will be limited. Children’s may not always have enough kits to meet demand and may have to substitute tests. 

When strep testing kits are not available, Children’s Laboratory will be performing a strep screen culture (LAB236) instead. Culture results can be expected at 24 hours. 

Please continue to order Group A Strep by PCR (LAB4169). The lab will cancel and change the order when reagents are not available.  This problem is expected to be sporadic and could potentially last for a few months. 

Read the Lab Alert

Epic Upgrade Coming Dec. 5

The 2021 Epic upgrade takes place this Sunday. This upgrade will take care of regulatory reporting and add functionality with new features in this version.

  • We are currently in the Epic upgrade “hard freeze” phase. During this time, no changes are allowed. (Extreme exceptions will be considered with executive sponsor approval).
  • End user training will continue through Dec. 3, 2021.
  • An Epic upgrade command center will be in place Dec. 5 to 12. If you have issues to report, please enter them through My Helpdesk and associate them to the project “May/Aug./Nov. 20 and Feb. 21 upgrade.”
  • There will be a team to answer the command center phone number (402-955-8888) if you have an urgent issue and need to call.

Reminder for Nebraska Physicians and Providers to Support COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids

Children’s and the Nebraska Department of Education are joining together to amplify voices in support of vaccinating all students across Nebraska.

We’re calling on physicians and providers from all communities across Nebraska to sign on to a Statement of Support. Signatures are being collected through an online portal you can access at Our goal is to collect more than 100 signatures by Dec. 7, 2021 – when we will host a statewide press conference in support of COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages five and older.

Click here for an overview of the initiative and contact Holly Dingman, director, Center for the Child & Community, with any questions.  Watch for additional details in coming months to help “Max the Vax” for Nebraska kids.

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