Children’s Acquires Kearney Pediatric Practice

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new primary care office location in Kearney, Neb. Children’s has entered into an agreement to acquire the pediatric practice of Kearney Clinic, P.C., located at 211 W. 33rd Street, and will employee its six full-time pediatricians starting July 1, 2018.

This gives Children’s a great opportunity to help meet the needs of children and families living in Kearney and the surrounding areas,” says Steve Burnham, senior vice president of Physician Networks and president of Children’s Physicians and Children’s Specialty Physicians. “We strive to provide the highest quality of care and service, and this exceptional team will help us continue that standard.”

This will be Children’s first primary care office serving children and families in central and western Nebraska.

“Kearney has a strong community of medical providers,” adds Burnham. “We believe our physical presence there will enhance our partnerships with these clinical teams and, ultimately, help improve collaboration and care to benefit children.”

Children’s will be communicating more details with patient families as the opening date nears and more information is available.

Dr. Kadlec to Serve on National AHA Commissions

Kelly Kadlec, M.D.

Kelly Kadlec, M.D., M.Ed., Pediatric Critical Care, has been selected to serve on two national commissions for the American Heart Association (AHA). Each commission tenure is for two to five years. Dr. Kadlec will serve on the Educational Science and Programs Commission, the primary role of which is to provide expertise for design, development and implementation of Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training programs and materials. The second commission is the Pediatric Emphasis Group Commission, which provides a forum for discussion and networking among pediatric resuscitation experts to support pediatric-specific AHA CPR Guidelines, propose and manage AHA statements related to pediatric emergency cardiovascular care and to provide pediatric experts to address educational programs and materials.

Dr. Lutz Receives Silver U Award

Richard Lutz, M.D.

Richard Lutz, M.D., Pediatric Genetics, is the recipient of the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Silver U Award for April. Dr. Lutz’s seven nominators praised his unwavering devotion to patient care, his compassionate and collegial spirit and his humility. Many of his nominators noted that Dr. Lutz is always open to innovation – ready and willing to look at new ways to accomplish patient care.  He was described as a life-long learner, as well as a physician who is truly invested in reading current literature and learning new techniques that he can use in his practice.  The Silver U Award is given annually by UNMC’s Chancellor’s Council.

Congratulations to Dr. Lutz for this honor, and for caring for Children’s patients and families so well.

Plan to Attend Research Retreat June 1

Join your colleagues for the UNMC College of Medicine Research Retreat, Friday, June 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Truhlsen Campus Events Center on the first floor of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, 619 S 42nd Street, Omaha. Meet and mingle and learn about translational research possibilities.

The keynote speaker is Michael Lauer, M.D., deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). John Spertus, M.D., Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and a professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will deliver the closing lecture. UNMC faculty, Ken Bayles, Nora Sarvetnick, Deepta Ghate, Tony Hollingsworth, Iraklis Pipinos and Dmitry Oleynikov will deliver speed talks.

There will also be focus group discussions on: Gene Therapy and Genome Editing; Inflammation and Metabolism; Imaging: From People to Molecules; Informatics and Systems Improvement; Drug and Device Development; and Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

There is no fee to attend this event, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby Kutty, M.D.

Register here

Melissa Johnson Bids Farewell

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson, CPMSM, CPCS, manager of Medical Staff Services, is departing from her role at Children’s. Her last day is June 1. Melissa’s tenure at Children’s has spanned more than ten years. During that time, she supervised the continuing medical education and graduate medical education departments.

“An organization’s credentialing and privileging system is the foundation of quality patient care. Long before the Culture of Safety was started hospital-wide, the work done by Melissa and her team ensured that providers being credentialed to care for the children at our facility are well-qualified,” said Jay Snow, M.D., Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and former medical staff president.

Prior to her work at Children’s, Melissa worked in credentialing at Nebraska Medicine and Nebraska Credentials Verification Organization (NCVO) in Omaha, as well as in Longview, Wash., and Kansas City. Her career in medical staff services spans 25 years.

The next chapter of Melissa’s career will include consulting work in the medical credentialing field and partnering with her husband as he launches a new business. Please wish Melissa well as she embarks on a new phase of life and thank her for her decade of service to Children’s.

Children’s Advertising Features New Patient Ambassadors

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to introduce two new patient ambassadors: Mason, age 4, and Grace, age 10. Look for them in Children’s advertising collateral and on displays in the elevators on the main campus. They were selected to represent unique services that distinguish Children’s as “The Best Place for Kids.” Grace is pictured with Sven, the area’s only resident facility dog, and Mason received care in Children’s NICU, the only Level IV unit in the region. The descriptions below, written for the advertising, help share their stories and highlight Children’s expertise.

Grace, age 10, Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Her IV pole in one hand, a leash in the other. That’s how Grace navigated chemotherapy – with Sven, our facility dog, by her side. An energetic fourth grader, Grace is in remission now. When she comes back for her check-ups, guess who sits and stays for a while…

Mason, age 4
Launched in life at Children’s Level IV NICU, this junior jet-setter really enjoys taking off – proof that complex medical issues don’t have to keep you down, especially when your journey includes a highly skilled team of neonatal critical care specialists, cardiologists, nurses and therapists.

New Template Available for Progress Notes

Effective June 1, Nursing Case Management (NCM) will implement a new template for progress notes in Epic. A workgroup was formed to ensure Children’s follows best practices at the bedside, and determined a change was needed to ensure communication consistency between and among hospital units. The template will also improve handoffs and help clarify discharge information to insurance companies.

The new progress note template will be used for all inpatients who are at Children’s for more than 72 hours, and will be updated at a minimum of weekly, or with any major change in patient condition or if the patient moves to a new area. An estimated discharge date will be included as a date to work toward if the patient remains stable and the family is ready. This date will be updated as necessary.

The new progress note will remain under the “Ancillary” type note in Epic, with Case Manager as the author. The template will be reviewed in August to make any needed adjustments.

Contact Amy Brokaw, RN, Nursing Case Management, with questions.

UNMC Website Issues Addressed

Children’s Information Technology is aware of some access issues with UNMC websites. All of the links to UNMC O365, UNMC PACS, UNMC PORTAL and UNMC ONE CHART are built, tested and operational via Children’s Intranet page (Links & Library tab). Providers will need to log in with their UNMC usernames and passwords. UNMC can reset passwords or usernames, if necessary. Children’s Help Desk cannot change a UNMC username or password. In addition, Children’s cannot control remote access to UNMC sites. For access to UNMC websites from home or on personal devices, please contact the UNMC Help Desk at 402-559-7700.

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