KGO-TV interviews a mom of a cardiology patient at our Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Reunion. The patient spent the first several months of her life in our ICN.
The ICN Reunion happens every year on the second Sunday in June.
"Waging War on Cancer: Childhood Cancers”
(PBS© October 2007)
Elliott Vichinsky, MD, of Hematology/Oncology is included in this PBS documentary which features a young bone cancer survivor who had blood transfusions as part of his treatment. Dr. Vichinsky explains the advantages and disadvantages of blood transfusions.
"Lee derides veto of plan to expand children's health program"
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA© 10/19/07)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) spoke at a press conference hosted by Children's Hospital Oakland to discuss reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The House fell 13 votes short of overriding the President’s veto of SCHIP. President & CEO, Frank Tiedemann was interviewed about the hospital's support for SCHIP.
“Staph in schools heightens awareness”
(KGO-TV© 10/16/07 no link available)
Lilly Guardia-LaBar, RN and Brian Lee, MD, of Infectious Disease were featured in this report about the drug-resistant staph infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
The Journal of American Medical Association published a report that concludes 90,000+ Americans are diagnosed with potentially deadly infections each year. A 17-year-old Virginia high school student died of an invasive form of the germ. LaBar says our hospital is very proactive when we have patients with MRSA and notes that good handwashing is one of the best preventative measures.
“Drug makers issue recall of infant cold medications”
(Oakland Tribune© 10/12/07)
Kelley Meade, MD, of Primary Care is quoted about the voluntary recall of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for infants by drugmakers. The medicines include top-selling products sold under the brand names Tylenol, Triaminic, Robitussin, Little Colds, Pediacare and Dimetapp. Our hospital pediatricians have long recommended against giving over-the-counter cold medicine to children under 2 years old. Dr. Meade recommends giving children fluids, keeping their noses clear with a suction bulb and using a humidifier if needed.
“Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS)”
(Dr. Phil Show, Los Angeles, CA © 10/11/07)
Judith Libow, PhD, of Psychiatry was featured as an expert on the national television show, Dr. Phil, about the psychological disorder Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS). Dr. Libow talked about the disorder and explained why it's difficult to recognize and treat.
Cure found for blood disorder
Fremont girl lives with thalassemia
(Fremont Argus, Tri-Valley Herald, Oakland Tribune© 10/9/07, no link available)
Mark Walters, MD, Director of our Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Thalassemia Outreach Coordinator Laurice Levine, and 10-year-old thalassemia patient, Rammeet Kaur, are featured in 2 separate articles. One article highlights the hereditary blood disorder while the other focuses on Dr. Walters' recent findings on the success of umbilical cord blood transplants among sickle cell and thalassemia patients.
CHORI inches another invention closer to market
(San Francisco Business Times© 10/8/07 no link available)
Frans Kuypers, PhD and Suzanne Haendel, JD, of CHORI are featured in this article about the inventions underway at Children's, including Dr. Kuypers' cord blood collection device. Suzanne, CHORI's Technology Transfer Manager, facilitates the licensing of these inventions.
President Bush Vetoes Children's Health Bill
(KGO-TV, Channel 7©, San Francisco, 10/3/07)
Gena Lewis, MD, of Primary Care was interviewed about the need to continue to support SCHIP following the President's veto. Children's supports SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program), a joint state-federal effort which subsidizes health coverage for 6.6 million children from low-income families.
Doctors rally for kids insurance health bill
(Oakland Tribune & Contra Costa Times© 10/3/07)
Gena Lewis, MD, Kishor Avasarala, MD and resident Rachel Kreps-Falk, MD were interviewed regarding Tuesday's SCHIP rally. Children's supports SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program), a joint state-federal effort, which subsidizes health coverage for 6.6 million children from low-income families. Our rally was one of 32 rallies held at hospitals nationwide.
Free clinic a safety net for children living on streets, in shelters
(Contra Costa Times©, Walnut Creek 09/30/07, no link)
Cheryl Zlotnick, RN, DrPH, Kelley Meade, MD, Dayna Long, M.D., Danielle Baca, LVN and case manager, Latanya Knight, were featured in this indepth, front-page article about our new clinic called Encore! Children's received a $1.5 million dollar federal grant to provide healthcare access exclusively to homeless children living in the Bay Area, a one-of-a-kind outreach program.
Study: Sibling umbilical blood transplant cures sickle-cell kids
(Chronicle©, San Francisco 09/21/07)
Bert Lubin, MD, of CHORI was interviewed about our new findings that show a high success rate among patients who received umbilical cord blood transplants to cure sickle cell disease or thalassemia. Of our 43 patients, 90% were cured of their disease. The findings were presented on September 20, 2007 at a national conference in Washington, D.C. by Mark Walters, MD, of our Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
Children's Hospital to remain in Oakland
(KGO-TV©, San Francisco 09/05/07)
President & CEO, Frank Tiedemann, CFO & COO, Doug Myers and Senior Vice President, Mary Dean hosted a press conference to announce that the hospital plans to build a new medical center near its current home in Oakland. Harold Davis, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announced the hospital's building project in front of invited media organizations and special political guests including Mayor Ron Dellums, Council President Ignacio De La Fuente and Councilwoman Jane Brunner.
Innovative Jobs for Pharmacists
Beyone the back counter
(Chronicle©, San Francisco 08/12/07 no link available)
Ron Peralta, PharmD was interviewed about the many different aspects of pharmacy in a hospital setting, particularly a children's hospital, which can be far more complicated. The article appeared in the Sunday insert.