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First of its Kind Reducing Painful Center for Motion Specialized Care Ear Infections Analysis Celebrates 30 years Vol. 4 Issue 2 A PUBLICATION OF CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER Summer 2011 Giving Back to Connecticut Children’s is a Sweet Project for a Former Patient Connecticut Children’s achieved an neighborhood selling cupcakes. About important milestone earlier this 50 cupcakes are made for each trip. month when the NICU at the UConn “I really have fun with the cupcake Health Center operationally became cart and just wanted to give something part of the neonatology program at to the kids in the hospital,” Ally said. Connecticut Children’s. Ally Lewis, Ally was born at 26 weeks on Dec. who received care at both NICU’s 22, 1998 weighing only 2 pounds, 13 as a newborn, is an inspiration to ounces. Her parents David and Gail never any parent of a premature baby. left her side in the Neonatal Intensive Actually she’s an inspiration to Care Unit at the University of Connecticut anyone and everyone. Health Center in Farmington. And despite some physical “If one of us couldn’t be with Ally challenges that have affected her since because of work, we always made birth, the Meriden seventh grader is sure the other was there for her,” said an honor student, school volleyball Ally’s mother Gail. player and even finds time to give to Gail and David Lewis said that Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. although it was a very difficult ordeal Last spring, Ally began selling at times, they credit the support they cupcakes via “Ally’s Cupcake Cart” received from Gail’s parents and their with all proceeds going toward neighbors. “We would often come the purchase of toys for patients home to a hot meal that was made by at Connecticut Children’s. With one of our neighbors,” said David Lewis. the help of one of her best friends, “And Gail’s parents were a tremendous Ally Lewis, 12, weighed just a little more than 2 pounds when she was born in 1998. Today she Aislinn Quinn, Ally parades a brightly help with Ally’s older sister, Chelsea. is an honor student at Lincoln Middle School in Meriden where she also plays on the school painted pink wagon throughout her It’s during those difficult times volleyball team. continued on page 3 Connecticut Children’s Once Again Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals in Country Three pediatric subspecialty The rankings, more commonly programs at Connecticut Children’s known as the U.S. News and World have received top rankings Report Best Children’s Hospitals, in U.S. News Media Group’s recognize the top children’s 2011 Best Children’s Hospitals hospitals among a number of rankings. Connecticut Children’s various specialties. Now in its fifth Best Children’s Hospitals rankings year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls Fernando Ferrer, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Urology, Karen Rubin, MD, Division Head of Endocrinology/Diabetes and Jeffrey Thomson, MD, Director of Orthopedics, are responsible for were in urology, diabetes and together clinical and operational the three programs at Connecticut Children’s to receive 2011 Best Children’s Hospital Rankings. endocrinology and orthopedics. data from a lengthy survey, This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Department of Orthopedics has received this honor. This is the second year completed by the majority of the in a row that Connecticut 177 hospitals asked to participate children’s hospitals that are included are a great honor and further Children’s department of for the 2011-12 rankings. The in these rankings, it just reinforces proof that as the state’s only orthopedics has received a data from the survey is combined how far Connecticut Children’s has hospital dedicated exclusively to top ranking from U.S. News. with recommendations from come in its first 15 years.” children, Connecticut Children’s “We salute Connecticut pediatric specialists on the hospitals Earlier this month, a celebratory provides the highest quality of Children’s,” said Health Rankings they consider best for children event was held at the Medical Center pediatric care in our region,” he Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal with challenging problems. to recognize the staffs of these three said. “I’m happy for the doctors, of the Best Children’s Hospitals “It’s a thrill to be recognized for programs for their accomplishments. nurses, and all of our employees in rankings is to call attention something that we are just so Martin J. Gavin, president and CEO these areas who were recognized to pediatric centers with the passionate about,” said Karen Rubin, of Connecticut Children’s, shared for their wonderful work.” expertise to help the sickest kids, MD, Connecticut Children’s division his thoughts on the ranking and and Connecticut Children’s is head of endocrinology/diabetes. what they mean to everyone at one of those centers.” “When I see the nationally-renowned the Medical Center. “These rankings 2 www.connecticutchildrens.org Summer 2011 Matters A NOTE FROM OUR WEBSITE: I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate your staff that worked with us during my daughter’s stay at Connecticut Children’s last December. Lily was 6 days old when she was admitted and my husband, Jesse, and I stayed with her for a week while the doctors, nurses and other staff helped her get better. Without the expertise and thoughtful sincerity of your staff, I don’t know if Lily Arnold would be with us today. She is almost 6 months old now and smiles, smiles, smiles all day long. A pure angel. Please accept my sincerest gratitude to your staff for everything they did to heal my baby. A special big THANK YOU to nurse Nancy who was with us for the majority of the time. I tell Lily all about her and the other doctors and nurses who took care of the 3 of us while she was sick. Your staff will always be in our hearts. We are eternally grateful. Thank you. Jennifer, Jesse and Lily Arnold Portland, CT Generosity of Donors Makes New Clinical Care Center a Reality Earlier this summer, Connecticut Children’s announced that it had successfully reached the $5 million goal of its “A Brighter Hope” Campaign, resulting in the construction of a new outpatient Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Medical Center. Already home to the most comprehensive pediatric oncology program in Western New CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’s IN THE NEWs England, the new Clinical Care Center will allow Connecticut Children’s to double the space devoted to oncology and hematology programs. It will also allow the Medical disease. Connecticut Children’s Center to add technology, broaden its is home to the Pediatric IBD research and further integrate care in these Collaborative Research Group.Their areas. The end result is that beginning innovative work and extensive this fall, more children and families from research findings are helping across the region will have access to the children in Connecticut and specialized care that Connecticut Children’s is throughout the country. known for. Connecticut Children’s Foundation Board Member Glen Greenberg serves as chairman Connecticut of the “A Brighter Hope” Campaign and on behalf of everyone at the Medical Center, Children’s Expands thanked the thousands of donors who Care In Danbury realized that the increased demand for care After opening a new office just at Connecticut Children’s made achieving this past February, Connecticut this campaign goal a necessity. In attendance at the event (from left): Jeffrey Hyams, MD, head of the Division of Digestive Diseases, Hepatology and Nutrition at Connecticut Children’s; Kevin Dineen, featured speaker; Children’s has doubled the number “This expansion could not happen without event chair Caryl Goldberg and NBC30 sports reporter Kevin Nathan, host of the event. of programs it is offering in Danbury significant philanthropic support and we are from two to four. In addition to grateful to everyone who made the success cardiology and digestive diseases, of this project a priority. We are truly blessed For The Children Florida Panthers head coach subspecialists from Connecticut to have had such a wonderful outpouring of generosity from both individuals and Gala Raises More Kevin Dineen, who shared his Children’s oncology and hematology story of becoming a professional and general surgery programs have organizations committed to seeing the best Than $70,000 hockey player and coach while begun seeing patients in the Medical very best clinical care provided to children On June 18, the For the Children battling Crohn’s disease throughout Center’s offices located at Danbury and families,” he said. Gala was held at the Farmington his career. Hospital’s Children’s Health and Marriott and raised more than Due to the outstanding work of Wellness Center on 79 Sand Pit Road. $70,000 for the Center for Pediatric Jeffrey Hyams, MD and his talented To schedule an appointment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at team, Connecticut Children’s is one of the new programs offered in Connecticut Children’s Medical recognized as a national leader in Danbury, please call (860) 545-9636 Center. The event featured former providing and advancing care for for hematology and oncology or Hartford Whalers star and current children with inflammatory bowel (860) 545-9520 for general surgery. Connecticut Children’s is grateful for the dedication provided by many individuals, clubs and organizations who host events to support and promote the mission of Connecticut Children’s. If you are interested in learning more about events that support the Medical Center or hosting an event, please visit the new Connecticut Children’s Foundation Events website at www.connecticutchildrensevents.org To comment on any articles appearing in this publication, please visit our website at www.connecticutchildrens.org. If you have When it opens this Fall, the Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut a change of address or do not wish to receive future issues of Pediatric Matters, please call (860) 610-5700. Children’s will unite clinical care services, research initiatives and family support programs in one state-of-the art location. CREDITs Editor: Robert Fraleigh Contributors: Chris Boyle and Doreen Tarascio Design: Dornenburg Group Photography: J. Fiereck Photography, LLC Printing: Finlay Printing 3 A Sweet Project for a Former Patient continued from page 1 when you really find out who your loved ones are.” David recalled his family’s first Christmas in the NICU just three days after his daughter was born. “It started off as the worst Christmas ever,” he said. “The NICU was so quiet and at one time, Gail and I were the only ones there. Up to that point we were told that Ally’s prognosis Connecticut Children’s was pretty grim. Finally, after a Completes Integration series of examinations, a nurse smiled at us and said that Ally was of NICU at UConn going to be okay.” Shortly after her discharge from Health Center the UCOnn Health Center in early Since she started Ally’s Cupcake Cart last spring, Ally Lewis has raised more than $300 by selling On September 1, a milestone in 1999, Ally was admitted back to cupcakes to help purchase toys for patients at Connecticut Children’s. the Medical Center’s history was the hospital, but this time it was to achieved when the NICU at the Connecticut Children’s. A severe One of the conditions that Ally was neighborhood, Ally is taking UConn Health Center was formally case of respiratory syncytial virus born with is a chronic disease known orders – such as the one from integrated into the neonatology filled her lungs with fluid and she as cytomegalovirus which David and her principal at Lincoln Middle program at Connecticut Children’s. was transferred to the Emergency Gail Lewis said affects about 1/3 School who ordered 100 for The unit in Farmington has been Department before being admitted of her brain. Ally cannot hear in her an upcoming conference. renamed Connecticut Children’s NICU to the Connecticut Children’s NICU. right ear and is about 60 percent Ally’s generous ways haven’t at UConn Health Center. Over the next few years Ally would deaf in her left ear. gone unnoticed either. Her story Connecticut Children’s will now travel to Connecticut Children’s twice “Nothing stops her,” Gail Lewis has garnered significant print and manage neonatal care at two a week to see numerous specialists said. “Whether it’s school, sports or electronic news media coverage locations; both at the Health Center in neurology, pulmonary medicine the cupcake cart, when she has her and one story produced by NBC30 in Farmington (40 beds) as well as and gastroenterology. Today her sights set on something, she just drives went national and was aired by our current location in Hartford (32 follow-up visits have been reduced towards it until she reaches her goal.” dozens of NBC affiliates from beds). Combining these 72 beds to once a year. But Ally has a busy fall awaiting as far away as Los Angeles. under common medical and clinical “Everyone at Connecticut Children’s her with her cupcake cart which Ally admits she likes the publicity. leadership creates one of the largest – starting when you come into the already has resulted in more than “It’s pretty neat and a win-win for NICUs in the state. Emergency Department to the NICU $300 in toys for the patients at everyone,” the aspiring baker said. It will also present many benefits and all the clinics – have always been Connecticut Children’s. In addition for patients and families. In addition to very kind to us,” said Gail Lewis. to selling cupcakes in her offering the highest level of neonatal care in the area, it will allow us to Connecticut Children’s Opens make investments that will enhance our current range of services to include technologies such as ECMO, pursue further advanced care models Specialized Epilepsy Center and broaden our opportunities in the areas of neonatal research, education and training. Outside the walls of the unit itself, the Connecticut Children’s NICU at UConn Health Center will help attract the highest quality pediatricians, neonatologists, obstetricians and other clinical health care professionals to the greater Hartford area. It will also drive more grant opportunities to the region and allow our clinicians to further their research in this highly specialized area of medicine. Most importantly, the integrated NICU will meet the needs of our state’s most vulnerable patients – today and for years to come. We will have more information on the Connecticut Children’s NICU at UConn Health Center in our next issue of Pediatric Matters. Jennifer Madan Cohen, MD, Director of Connecticut Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, works with David Kimball of New Milford, the first patient admitted to the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Medical Center. The new unit was opened to better understand and care for pediatric patients with epilepsy. Nearly 12,000 children in Greater and families that is the first of its closer to its goal of being a level III for surgery that has the potential to Hartford and three times as many kind in Connecticut. epilepsy center. cure the epilepsy,” commented Dr. statewide suffer from epilepsy. “The idea behind our epilepsy In addition to providing medical Madan Cohen. While many of them control their center is to be able to fully care for staff with the opportunity to witness Cure rates from surgery can be seizures with medication, almost children who suffer from epilepsy,” a seizure first-hand, the correlating as high as 60 to 80 percent and the one-third do not respond to any said Jennifer Madan Cohen, MD, a of data from state-of-the-art EEG majority of surgical procedures for drug therapy. In these cases, surgery pediatric neurologist and director of monitoring with MRI and other epilepsy can be performed on-site often becomes the result. the Medical Center’s Comprehensive data often helps pinpoint where at Connecticut Children’s. To better understand and treat Epilepsy Program. in the brain a seizure is originating The new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit children with epilepsy, Connecticut A key part of the center is the new from and helps decide if surgery was made in possible in part by Children’s recently opened a Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, located is necessary. the Connecticut Children’s Medical specialized epilepsy center at its on the 7th floor of the Medical “We have a strong ketogenic diet Center Friends, who made a main campus in Hartford. The new Center in Hartford. With a focus on program and physicians who are $75,000 donation to help equip the unit will draw on the expertise of patient safety and optimal recording skilled in medical treatment, but for new unit and further the promise the neurology and neurosurgery capabilities, Connecticut Children’s epilepsy that’s intractable to those, of helping children live seizure-free. programs at Connecticut Children’s recently began offering long-term, the next step is often surgery. The and creates a service for children overnight EEG monitoring, which monitoring helps us determine moves Connecticut Children’s a step whether a patient is a candidate 4 www.connecticutchildrens.org Summer 2011 Matters Surgeon’s Research Aims to Reduce Painful Ear Infections For pediatric otolaryngologist Tulio The study – which started about Valdez, MD, of Connecticut Children’s two months ago – also includes Medical Center, there will always be investigators from the University of a better way to diagnose and treat Michigan, Baylor University, Johns children with ear infections. Hopkins University and the University Between an ever-increasing number of Wisconsin. All the institutions of surgical cases and busy clinic hours, will ultimately share the data that Dr. Valdez is still able to conduct is gathered. research that he ultimately hopes will Dr. Valdez said that the academic benefit children with otitis media – an setting is lacking an effective way of infection that occurs when the middle evaluating residents who insert ear ear cavity becomes filled with fluid. tubes. The project includes evaluating According to Dr. Valdez, otitis media is the resident immediately following one of the most common cases treated the ear tube procedure. The process in the Division of Otolaryngology. includes grading them on their surgical “Painful ear infections resulting from technique including the method by otitis media are almost like a rite of which the ear tube was inserted, the passage for children by age 5,” said Dr. way the microscope is arranged and Valdez who also serves as an assistant how the surgeons make their incisions. professor of clinical otolaryngology at “With the long hours that are the University of Connecticut School required of surgical residents, if they of Medicine. “Although many types can efficiently perform a procedure of viral ear infections resolve on their like placing ear tubes, we can move on own, millions of dollars are spent every and find a better use for their time,” year on antibiotics to treat bacterial Dr. Valdez said. Tulio Valdez, MD, of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, has several research projects in the works including one that examines the methods used to grade surgical residents who insert ear tubes. infections like otitis media.” Dr. Valdez also has other otitis media- Dr. Valdez is in the midst of several related research projects including a research projects that revolve around recently published preliminary study growth of top-flight faculty,” said agreement formalizes and establishes otitis media. One of his current that shows how using a photo- Dr. Finck, who also serves as the methods by which investigators from studies is a multi-institutional project activated antimicrobial in the ear Associate Chair of Surgical Academic Connecticut Children’s can attain that involves properly assessing and does not harm the nerves of hearing Affairs and Director of the section of lab space, equipment and facilities training surgical residents on the and may provide an alternative to Pediatric Surgical Research. “Surgeons at the UConn Health Center. methods of inserting ear tubes. commonly used antibiotics. work in a different environment where “These are some very exciting “Sometimes ear infections or fluid in Christine Finck, MD, is the Chief of patient care comes first and many feel projects that have some great the middle ear may become a chronic the Division of Surgery at Connecticut that there is just no time to possibilities,” Dr. Valdez said. problem leading to other issues such Children’s and said it’s vital to deal with the obstacles and setbacks “Research like this enables me to as hearing loss or speech problems,” encourage surgeons like Dr. Valdez to associated with research.” think differently as a surgeon – I can Dr. Valdez said. “It’s in these cases devote some of their time to research. Dr. Finck said that a new concentrate more on the solutions that when we have to place tubes in the “Discovery through research agreement signed with the University will ultimately benefit my patients.” ear drum to allow air into the middle is integral to the mission of the of Connecticut School of Medicine ear thus reducing the possibility Department of Surgical Subspecialties earlier this year is of great benefit of infection.” as well as to the recruitment and to investigators like Dr. Valdez. The Friends Storybook Gala Set for November 12 are Donna Hires and Gretchen Lunsford. Donna and Jim Barnes and Vicki and Rich Rosenthal are Honorary Committee Co-Chairs and Lisa Howard and Trish Bonsignore are Auction Co-Chairs. Katie and Jerry Davis are the featured guests. Katie, a children’s author and illustrator, has published nine books including Kindergarten Rocks!, Who Hops? and Mabel the Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job. Connecticut Convention Center She appears monthly on the ABC affiliate show, Good Morning For the past 18 years, the Connecticut, recommending great For the 19th consecutive year, the Friends Storybook Gala will be held in downtown Hartford. Friends Storybook Gala has books for kids. Jerry is an author Gifts to the event’s spotlight program, Bid 4 Kidz, will benefit Connecticut Children’s cardiology brought together supporters of and animated film producer who program. In order to accommodate the event’s popularity, this year’s Gala has been moved to Connecticut Children’s to celebrate is best known for his work with the Connecticut Convention Center. the hundreds of thousands of Pixar on the first Toy Story movie children and families who are and most recently with Robots. support strategic priorities, provide addressed. The pediatric cardiologists cared for each year at the Medical Katie and Jerry’s latest venture grants to assist patients and staff and cardiovascular surgeons at Center. The event has experienced is the newly published children’s and award employee scholarships. Connecticut Children’s are seeking to tremendous growth during this time book, Little Chicken’s Big Day, which Gifts to the event’s spotlight define the standards of care, identify with over 500 guests contributing they co-authored. program, Bid 4 Kidz, will benefit the best treatments and, where $715,000 in 2010. Proceeds from this signature Connecticut Children’s heart program possible, find cures for pediatric This year’s event will be held event significantly enhance the with a focus on investing in their heart problems. Philanthropy plays an on Saturday, November 12 at the investments of the Connecticut Research and Technology Fund. essential role in the ability to pursue Connecticut Convention Center. Children’s Medical Center Friends Connecticut Children’s Cardiology scientific discoveries and expand The special appearance of an in the Medical Center. The Friends Group sees almost 8,000 outpatients and upgrade vital cutting-edge acclaimed children’s author, along help fulfill Connecticut Children’s and over 100 heart surgeries are technical resources. with a cocktail reception, dinner, mission by funding state-of-the-art performed each year at the Medical For more information about the Gala, dancing to the sounds of PRELUDE equipment and innovative programs Center. Cardiac issues range from please call the Connecticut Children’s and unique live and silent auctions that benefit patients, family and minor problems that might eventually Foundation at 860-610-5700. ensure an exceptional experience staff. Every corner of the Medical fix themselves to very complex for all who attend. Gala Co-Chairs Center is touched as the Friends problems that need to be surgically 5 Center for Motion Analysis Celebrates 30th Anniversary It’s 30 years and counting for the automated method of documenting Center for Motion Analysis at motion in three dimensions so that Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. the underlying causes of walking The Gait Analysis Laboratory – which problems in children could be first opened at the former Newington identified more reliably and ultimately Children’s Hospital – celebrated its better understood. 30th anniversary on June 2 with a “Doctors know how to ask the special event that included numerous questions, but they don’t know how longtime friends and supporters. to answer them,” Dr. Gage said. Some of the special guests included “Engineers can answer them but James Gage, MD, one of the center’s they don’t know the proper questions. founders and former Newington When we work together there have Children’s Hospital orthopedic been tremendous advances.” surgeon; Kimberly Lazarine-Meltzer, The facility was the first gait analysis the first patient to be treated in the lab lab of its kind to fully automate and in 1981 and Helen Gray, wife of the synchronize videotaping, infrared late Harry Gray, the former chairman motion cameras, force plates and of United Technologies Corporation. electromyographic data to record In 1979, Harry Gray committed and measure the three-dimensional In attendance at the 30th Anniversary celebration for the Center for Motion Analysis at UTC to provide more than $200,000 biomechanics and muscle contractions Connecticut Children’s Medical Center were (from left): former Newington Children’s Hospital in funding and technical assistance of walking in order to improve orthopedic surgeon James Gage, MD, and John Banta, MD, former Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Orthopedics at Connecticut Children’s. to create the Gait Lab. He passed away on July 8, 2009. “I really miss Mr. Gray,” said Lazarine-Meltzer at the celebration as she wiped away tears after hugging Helen Gray. “I am so thankful to him because instead of looking forward to a life in a wheelchair, he and everyone in the Center for Motion Analysis have given me a life.” Lazarine-Meltzer was 5 when she first came to the lab to determine an orthopedic treatment plan for her cerebral palsy. “It was hard because I couldn’t do the things that the other kids did like roller-skating and running around on the playground,” said Lazarine- Meltzer who is now a mother of three and lives in New Jersey. Attending the 30th Anniversary celebration for the Center for Motion Analysis at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center were (from left): Since the Center opened, more than Kimberly Lazarine-Meltzer, the first patient to be treated in the lab in 1981, and Helen Gray, wife of the late Harry Gray, former chairman of 9,000 children have benefited from the United Technologies Corporation. In the photo at left, Ms. Meltzer is pictured with Harry Gray at the center opening in 1981. information that has been collected about their walking difficulties. The medical treatment. of gait and movement in a variety types of pitches – fastballs, curveballs, Center for Motion Analysis provides Connecticut Children’s Director of of neuromuscular and general change-ups, sliders and cutters – can comprehensive motion analysis services Orthopedics Jeffrey Thomson, MD, orthopedic disorders. damage the elbow and shoulder, for treatment decision-making and treats children with cerebral palsy, “The lab has really been a and if so, are there certain types evaluation for a variety of gait issues spina bifida and numerous other phenomenal research tool from the of pitches that cause more stress including neuromuscular disorders disorders. He said having the Center beginning,” Õunpuu said. “Our than others. such as cerebral palsy and traumatic for Motion Analysis at his disposal research has profoundly changed the Recently, the Center published brain injury in addition to general has resulted in tremendous outcomes medical community’s understanding a study in the American Journal of orthopedic deformities such as club improvements for his patients of gait pathomechanics for multiple Sports Medicine that showed that feet, Blount’s disease and torsional “Actually one of the reasons I conditions resulting in better treatment there is no difference in the stress deformities of the legs. Formally joined Connecticut Children’s was decisions and improved outcomes.” at the shoulder and elbow between known as the Gait Lab, the Center because of the capability and Over the past few years, sports fastball and curveball pitches in high for Motion Analysis relocated in 2007 reputation of the Center for Motion medicine research studies have school aged pitchers. In 2007, a study to Connecticut Children’s Specialty Analysis,” Dr. Thomson. garnered national attention for the was published in the American College Care Center in Farmington. Dr. Thomson also credits the Center for Motion Analysis, particularly of Sports Medicine monthly journal, “Our orthopedic surgeons use center for playing a vital role in the research into the causes of injuries “Medicine and Science in Sports and the motion data to precisely address Department of Orthopedics receiving to young baseball pitchers. Since 2001, Exercise,” that documented the each child’s needs with orthopedic a prestigious top ranking from U.S. the center has been collaborating three-dimensional biomechanics of surgery and other interventions and News and World Report – an honor with orthopedic surgeon Carl adolescent pitchers. This database then to measure treatment outcomes his department has earned the Nissen, MD, director of Connecticut is now being used to examine the objectively by comparing motion data past two years. Children’s sports medicine program validity of coaching anecdotes with the collected before and after treatment,” As part of her presentation at the “Elite Sports Medicine,” to study ultimate goal of reducing adolescent said kinesiologist Sylvia Õunpuu, 30th Anniversary celebration, Õunpuu the epidemic of elbow injuries pitching injuries. MSc, Director of Research for the highlighted the center’s research that affect young pitchers. “But we’re not stopping there,” Center for Motion Analysis. capabilities which have not only helped “There has been such an upswing Õunpuu said. “We’re hoping to take During the late 1970s, Dr. Gage thousands of children, but also have in the number of elbow injuries in young our research into the direction of – who today is on staff at Gillette had a broad impact on medicine. pitchers that we have been examining running and running injuries as well Children’s Specialty Health Care in Its studies – conducted through the biomechanics of pitching in order as anterior cruciate ligament injuries Minnesota – decided that there must the collaboration of orthopedic to understand injury mechanisms based in females which are far greater than be a better way of understanding surgeons and experts in biomechanics, on technique and ultimately to prevent in males. We have a lot of work to do the complex movement abnormalities kinesiology, physics, biomedical injuries,” Dr. Nissen said. and we have a phenomenal facility in children with cerebral palsy other engineering and physiotherapy – have Dr. Nissen added that in 2010 Elite that’s going to allow us to do that.” than the standard clinical tools. In generated an enormous data resource Sports Medicine was awarded a three- a unique partnership, Dr. Gage and describing the biomechanics of normal year, $146,000 grant by Major League engineers from UTC developed an gait as well as the characteristics Baseball to determine if numerous 282 Washington St. Hartford, CT 06106 Happenings at Connecticut Children’s On June 27, the 9th Annual Geno Auriemma’s Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament was held In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day, Connecticut Children’s Division of Hematology at The Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT. This year’s tournament raised over $150,000 for and Oncology hosted the 4th Annual Cycle of Life, a special celebration for pediatric cancer the Division of Orthopedics at Connecticut Children’s. Above, Coach Auriemma, joined by Taylor survivors and children who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The June 5th event, Christiana of Middlefield, is shown thanking the sponsors and participants who helped make this which took place at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, featured games and activities for year’s event another resounding success. patients of the Medical Center and their families. Above, many of the patients in attendance gather for a group photo. In July, Connecticut Children’s hosted the kickoff of the Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Former American Idol star Siobhan Magnus visited patients, families and staff at Connecticut Initiative at the Medical Center. Through its LAMPP program, which removes lead from Children’s Medical Center in early August. Magnus signed autographs, posed for photos and even houses, Connecticut Children’s has made over 1200 homes safer for area residents. Above, sang renditions of Over the Rainbow for the children. She is shown above with 9-year-old Matthew Robert Adams, Supervisor of the Weatherization program with the U.S. Department of Energy, Patino of Naugatuck. discussed the importance of these types of initiatives at the kickoff event. Guida’s Milk Partners with Connecticut Children’s to Help Promote Medical Center In addition to supplying quality products and services to its customers, Guida’s has played a supporting role in our local communities since its inception. Connecticut Children’s will now be the latest beneficiary of this support through a partnership with Guida’s Milk to promote the one-of-a-kind care offered at the Medical Center. Look for “Got Kids?” on Guida’s Milk products soon.
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