News Release Archive - 2012
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Rheumatic Heart Disease Research from Children’s National Named Top 10 Advance in Heart Disease/Stroke Research for 2012 - December 21, 2012
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association named a study from pediatric cardiologists at Children’s National Medical Center as one of the top 10 advances in heart and stroke research for 2012.
Condolences from our CEO - December 19, 2012
Inpatient Bariatric Procedures for Adolescents Appear to Have Plateaued Since 2003; Childhood Obesity Still on the Rise - December 18, 2012
Inpatient bariatric procedures among adolescents have plateaued since 2003, according to a study by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center, published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.
Children’s National Medical Center Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama - December 14, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama visited patients and staff at Children’s National Medical Center today. The tradition of First Lady visits dates back more than 60 years. Accompanying the First Lady today, was the family dog, Bo. Mrs. Obama toured the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, where she met patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses, and other Children’s National staff.
Important Parking Changes on the Main Campus: Effective Saturday, December 15 (3am- 2pm) - December 14, 2012
Experts from Children’s National and Sheikh Zayed Institute Focus on Innovations in Pediatric Care at World Health Care Congress Middle East - December 13, 2012
Experts from Children’s National Medical Center and its Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation participated in the 3rd Annual World Health Care Congress Middle East this week in Abu Dhabi.
Children’s National Named a 2012 Leapfrog Group Top Hospital - December 4, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the country named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2012 Top Hospitals List.
Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National launches first child health focused crowdfunding website - November 28, 2012
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center launched the first child health focused crowdfunding website this week.
Phillip L. Pearl, MD, Edits Two New Books on Epilepsy - November 27, 2012
The convergence of research in neurogenetics, metabolism, and imaging has dramatically advanced the diagnoses, treatment, and management of epilepsy.
Andrea Gropman, MD, Named Division Chief of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Neurogenetics - November 8, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center has named Andrea Gropman, MD, as Chief of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Neurogenetics, a division created to reflect advances in genetics research and its translational applications to patient care in neurological injury and disorders, including developmental delays.
Children’s National’s David Wessel Receives American Heart Association’s Meritorious Achievement Award - November 7, 2012
Dr. Wessel is honored for his pioneering career in the field of pediatric cardiac critical care.
New ICNP Catalogue advances nurses knowledge and practice of pain management in children - November 6, 2012
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is delighted to announce the release of a new publication, Pediatric Pain Management, in partnership with the Children’s National Medical Center of Washington, DC, in the United States.
Roger J. Packer, MD, Honored with the 2012 Child Neurology Society Bernard Sachs Award - November 2, 2012
Roger J. Packer, MD, Senior Vice President of the Center for Neurosciences and Behavioral Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, was honored today by the Child Neurology Society (CNS) with the Bernard Sachs Award, the society’s highest honor.
Children's Team Recognized for 'Braving the Storm', Keeping Patients Safe - November 1, 2012
Children's National's President and CEO Kurt Newman, MD, shares a special message of thanks to the employees who worked overnight to ensure the best care for our patients during Monday's hurricane.
Carol Keese, MBA, Joins Children's National as Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing - October 26, 2012
Carol Keese, MBA, has been named Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for Children’s National Medical Center, effective October 29.
Children’s National Experts Presenting at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference - October 19, 2012
Pediatric experts from Children’s National Medical Center will present at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, which runs from October 20 – 23 in New Orleans.
Children’s National Medical Center Programs Recognized for Community Service and Environmental Excellence by DC Hospital Association - October 19, 2012
Last night, Children’s National Environmental Sustainability program and IMPACT DC were honored at the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s 34th Annual Banquet. Both programs were recognized for a commitment to supporting and growing a healthy community in the Washington, DC area.
Kathy Ann Sheehy, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, Wins National Magnet Nurse of the Year Award - October 16, 2012
Children’s National applauds a leader in family-centered care.
Kidney Transplant Program at Children’s National Recognized with Silver Award from HHS - October 16, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center is among only nine children’s hospitals recently recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its Kidney Transplantation program.
Children’s National Physician Honored for Work in Pediatric Hematology and Transfusion Medicine Research - October 8, 2012
Dr. Naomi Luban Receives Award and Speaks to the Past, Present, and Future of Pediatric Research in Transforming Scientific and Clinical Field.
Children’s National researchers discover a mechanism of tumor ganglioside inhibition of killer T-cells - October 1, 2012
A multi-disciplinary research team at Children’s National Medical Center has identified gangliosides as another piece in the puzzle around why the body’s natural immune system, led by CD8+ T-cells, or “killer white blood cells,” is unable to effectively combat tumors.
Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD, Named Director of Center for Translational Sciences and Director, Principal Investigator for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute - September 6, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center announced the appointment of Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD, as the Director of the Center for Translational Science within Children’s Research Institute and the principal investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN).
Children’s National Launches Texting Program for Surgery Patients - September 5, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center is implementing an SMS notification service for families whose children are undergoing surgical procedures.
Children’s National Unveils Kosher Pantry - August 31, 2012
New facility made possible in partnership with Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington.
Study Finds Association between Lower Bone Density and Vitamin D Deficiency in African American Children with Forearm Fractures - August 28, 2012
Pediatrics study is first to show association of vitamin D deficiency with increased odds for forearm fracture.
Children’s National Names Joseph L. Wright as Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer - August 28, 2012
Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, has been named the Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer of Children’s National Medical Center, effective September 1.
Children’s National Northern Virginia Regional Outpatient Center moves locations and will reopen August 28 - August 27, 2012
To better meet the needs of patients and families, the Children’s National Medical Center Northern Virginia Regional Outpatient Center (ROC) and Neurosurgery office this week transitioned to a new, state-of-the-art facility less than a mile from their current locale.
Children’s National Appoints New Chief of Surgery - August 13, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center has named Timothy Kane, MD, as Chief of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Kane has been at Children’s National since August of 2010. He is an internationally known pediatric surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive techniques.
Children’s CEO: Changing the future of health means thinking like a pediatrician - August 13, 2012
In a speech before key government leaders of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, Children’s CEO Kurt Newman, MD, discussed how the mindset of a pediatrician—thinking forward to prevent disease upstream before It starts—will be the key to a new kind of health care for the people of the world.
New Study Finds External Stimulation Impacts White Matter Development in the Postnatal Brain - August 13, 2012
A team at Children’s National Medical Center has found that external stimulation has an impact on the postnatal development of a specific region of the brain. Published in Nature Neuroscience, the study used sensory deprivation to look at the growth and collection of NG2-expressing oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (NG2 cells) in the sensory cortex of the brain. This type of research is part of the Center for Neuroscience Research focus on understanding the development and treatment of white matter diseases.
Children’s National Names Darryl Varnado as Chief People Officer - August 9, 2012
Darryl Varnado has been named Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Children’s National Medical Center, effective August 27. This is a newly created position developed by Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO. Responsibilities of the Chief People Officer will include empowering a talented workforce to advance the organization and provide the highest quality care to patients and families.
Early Study Shows Sleeve Gastrectomy is Safe Alternative to Gastric Bypass for Adolescents with Morbid Obesity - August 3, 2012
A new study published in the journal Surgery suggests that laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a surgical alternative to the well-known gastric bypass procedure for weight-loss surgery, offers fewer complications and maintains the weight loss and other related benefits of bariatric surgery when used in adolescent patients.
Study: Most SIDS-Related Online Content Is Inaccurate - August 2, 2012
Children’s National Names Kathleen E. Chavanu Gorman as Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services - August 2, 2012
Children’s National Names Elizabeth Flury as Chief Strategy Officer - July 31, 2012
Children’s Joins in Recommending Ways to Monitor Graft-Versus-Host Disease - July 12, 2012
Virginia Launches Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Initiative for Newborns - June 29, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center and Baby’s First Test Join Forces to Advance Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Newborns - June 28, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center and Baby’s First Test released two videos on screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) using pulse oximetry (pulse ox) in newborns. The videos, produced for parents and clinicians respectively, were designed to forward knowledge about the test.
Echocardiogram Screenings are Effective in Preventing Rheumatic Heart Disease - June 12, 2012
Washington, DC—Routine screening with echocardiogram can detect three times as many cases of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) as clinical examinations, offering a novel approach in preventing this common disease, according to a new study in Circulation.
Award for Innovative Abstract in Pediatric Surgery Presented at American Pediatric Surgical Association Annual Meeting - June 7, 2012
Children’s National Receives Accreditation for Imaging Services - June 6, 2012
Majority of Families in Urban Areas Have Access to Internet - June 5, 2012
U.S.News and World Report: Children’s National Medical Center among Best Children’s Hospitals - June 5, 2012
Children’s National Receives ACGME’s Highest Institutional Evaluation - May 16, 2012
Children’s National recently hosted the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a successful institutional review, and received the maximum evaluation possible for the institutional accreditation.
Children’s National welcomes new faculty of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation - May 7, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center has appointed several faculty to the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.
Children’s National Medical Center among Featured Exhibitors at USA Science & Engineering Festival - May 4, 2012
Over the course of three days, Children’s National engaged more than 9,000 visitors in learning about the human body through art-focused activities and hands-on learning about topics including asthma, obesity, bullying, bone health, and surgery.
Roger J. Packer, MD, Co-Authors New Neuro-Oncology Textbook - May 3, 2012
Streamlined format makes best practices accessible
Children’s National Recognizes World Asthma Day - May 1, 2012
Programs highlight asthma awareness and care in the metropolitan region
Children’s National Experts Presenting at Pediatric Academic Societies’ Conference - April 30, 2012
Topics includes innovative education methods, managing viral infections, improving quality care in Emergency Departments
Children’s National Medical Center Honored for Nursing Excellence - April 20, 2012
All three critical care units receive Beacon Award
Children’s National Researchers Identify a New Trigger for Alternate Reproduction Pathway of HIV-related Cancer Virus - April 17, 2012
Findings show that Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus senses and reacts to a host cell’s impending death
Children’s National Disappointed in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Veto of Newborn Heart Disease Screening Legislation - April 10, 2012
Medical Center Joins Virginia Chapters of American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics in Expressing Disappointment
Anthony Sandler, MD, Named Senior Vice President of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care - April 3, 2012
“The tradition of delivering the very best in surgical care continues with Dr. Sandler’s appointment to Senior Vice President for Surgical Care.”
Unique Training Program in Transfusion Medicine and Hematology Established - April 2, 2012
Collaborative effort addresses shortages in pediatric subspecialty care
Children’s National Experts Presenting at American College of Cardiology Conference - March 23, 2012
Topics includes improving quality care, planning high-risk deliveries, and congenital heart disease
Pediatrics: Synthetic Marijuana Sending More Kids to Hospital - March 19, 2012
Children’s National pediatrician provides insight on new drug through case studies
First Lady of the Republic of Ghana Visits Children’s National - March 12, 2012
Known for her advocacy on behalf of child and maternal health, her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, visited Children’s National Medical Center.
Children’s National Researchers Gain Better Understanding of White Matter Protectection in Infants Receiving Heart Surgery - March 8, 2012
A collaborative team of researchers at Children’s National Medical Center are making progress in understanding how to protect infants needing cardiac surgery from white matter injury, which impacts the nervous system.
Children’s National Honors Long Career of Peter R. Holbrook, MD - March 2, 2012
Colleagues and friends have endowed The Peter R. Holbrook Lectureship in Critical Care Medicine.
Children’s National Medical Center adds Robotic Surgery for Urology to Surgical Specialties - February 27, 2012
International pediatric robotic surgery expert Craig Peters, MD, leads team for minimally invasive procedures
Sleep Expert Judith Owens, Receives National Award - February 17, 2012
Internationally known sleep expert receives award from American Academy of Sleep Medicine
President Obama Includes Funding to Train Pediatricians in FY 2013 Budget - February 13, 2012
Proposed $88 Million Funding Level Still Not Enough to Ensure Supply Meets Demand
Children’s National Medical Center Expands Services At Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals - February 6, 2012
Physicians and Nurse Practitioners of Children’s National Medical Center have begun seeing and treating patients in the NICU at Mary Washington Hospital and in the newborn nurseries at Stafford and Mary Washington Hospitals.
Children’s National Specialists Share Best Practice in Pediatric Care at Arab Health Congress 2012 - January 26, 2012
Key leaders from Children’s National Medical Center and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are participating in this year’s Arab Health exhibition & congress, Dubai, UAE, sharing how Children’s National is experiencing the positive impacts of focusing four integrated initiatives: quality, safety, service excellence/customer service, and access to care.
Children’s National Study Shows How to Increase Immunization Compliance Rates - January 25, 2012
Systematic practice changes reported in Pediatrics
Children’s National Medical Center Names New Board Members - January 18, 2012
Children’s National Medical Center has announced several new officers and members of its governing boards. Children’s National includes several corporate entities, each with its own board.
Washington, DC, Research Institutions Partner on the Development of New Online Tool to Engage Communities in Addressing Health Disparities - January 5, 2012
Local research institutions partner to develop an information system that will provide the community with timely and actionable local health metrics to address adult and pediatric health disparities in the nation’s capital.
Children’s National Welcomes New Faculty to the Nation’s Children’s Hospital - January 4, 2012
Recruits include top notch researchers and clinicians
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