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2008 Grant Awards 1. Urology Doris S. Carlson, RN Redesign, update and print the hypospadias brochure to conform to new CNMC graphic standards. 2. Adolescent Medicine Maranda Ward, MPH Develop promotional brochures to market the Burgess Clinic’s three education programs for adolescents—TASA (Teens Against the Spread of Aids), TNT (Teens with Negative Tests) and TLC (Teen Life Clubs). 3. Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Kelly Walker Commission a painting to complement the seven continents theme in the main radiology waiting room. Teachers and students from Montgomery Community College will paint the mural. 4. Emergency Medicine Geetanjali Srivastava Purchase the latest technology testing kits (PCR) and related supplies to conduct a pilot study for the prevalence of the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae in the cerebrospinal fluid of children being evaluated for potential meningitis, encephalitis or other respiratory and neurological problems. The aim of this study is to minimize the number of suspected meningitis cases with an unknown cause. 5. Ophthalmology Donna Burkman, BSN, RN, CPN Purchase eye patches to supply an estimated 25 children diagnosed with amblyopia at Children’s Regional Outpatient Center in Northern Virginia. Patients typically require patching for a minimum six month corrective period. 6. Emergency Medicine Joanna Cohen, MD Conduct a research study of genetic variations linked to differential morphine response in a cohort of 75 sickle cell patients presenting to the ER for a vaso- occlusive pain crisis. Funds will support the salary of a part-time research assistant. 7. Psychiatry Lielanie Rayala, RN, MA, BC Purchase a Nordic Track exercise bike and elliptical machine for use in an existing exercise room in the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Patients are encouraged to use exercise as an adaptive coping skill and as a means of avoiding weight gain from psychotrophic medications. 8. NICU/Pharmacy Grace Chai , Pharm/D. Purchase the online version of the drug reference database for neonatal patients which is currently in use at Children’s in hard copy—the Neofax Drug Information Database. Electronic access will allow physicians and nurses throughout the hospital to have immediate access to dosing information. The expectation is that this access will contribute to reduced medication errors. 9. Public Relations/ Emily Dammeyer, PR Perioperative Services Mellaknese Coker, PACU Design and print a pre-surgical booklet to distribute to each patient and family coming to CNMC for surgery. The booklet will have standard information such as directions, anesthesia guidelines and support services, and also a pocket folder so that each division can provide information specifically tailored to the surgery being done. 10. Nephrology Kathleen Moylan, RN Purchase exercise equipment for patients in the Hemodialysis Unit who are awaiting kidney transplants in an effort to increase their physical strength and exercise tolerance and to decrease their dialysis and medication needs. 11. Family Services Jane Brooks, Chaplain Translate bereavement materials into Spanish to be distributed to Spanish- speaking families whose children die at CNMC. Materials are currently available only in English, despite the fact that a significant number of deaths at the hospital are children from Spanish speaking families. 12. PANDA Care Team Deborah Lafond, MS, APRN-BC, PNP, CPON Kristen Caminiti, MSW, LGSW Purchase appropriate books and other items to aid patients and families coping with life-limiting illnesses as part of the Pediatric Advanced Needs Assessment and Care Team’s (PANDA’s) Celebration of Life Support Program. These materials will help patients and families before, during and after the death of a child. 13. Family Services Judith Ross Child Life Specialist Provide art and craft supplies for a project called “Gowns With an Attitude”. Dialysis patients at the hospital will design and model stylish takes on hospital gowns for a fashion show. One of the aims of the show is to raise awareness of the serious need for kidney donors, especially among minorities. 14. Center for Genetic Vessela Ivanova, Ph.D Medicine Research Purchase equipment and supplies for a study of the processing of mucin mRNA in mucin biosynthesis and the mechanisms by which this process could be regulated in patients with acute and chronic lung diseases characterized by an overproduction of mucins. 15. Center for Genetic Mary C. Rose, Ph.D. Medicine Research Alan Watson, Graduate Student Provide partial funding to purchase equipment and supplies to conduct studies investigating the role of the MUC7 mucin in the innate immune response of the lungs to infection, especially to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection which can occur in high-risk pediatric patients such as those with congenital heart disease. 16. Otolaryngology Diego Preciado, MD Provide the equipment necessary to measure hearing in otitis media animal models. This equipment is part of a study of molecular mechanisms of mucin gene regulation in cell and animal models of otitis media. 17. Hospitalist Services Paul Manicone, MD Begin renovations of the medical care unit’s conference room on 3-Yellow and upgrade computer equipment used in this room. 18. Center for MPH Clinical and Community Research Stephen Teach, MD, Provide partial, short-term funding for a multi-disciplinary team seeking to improve education and outcomes for patients hospitalized with acute asthma and to effectively transition them from short-term inpatient care to longitudinal asthma care in their primary medical homes. 19. Pediatric Advanced Bruce Klein, MD Life Support (PALS)/ Dusty Lynn, RN Division of Transport Medicine Purchase a defibrillator to train physicians, nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists in advanced resuscitation courses. 20. Infectious Diseases Xiaoyan Song, Ph.D., MD, MSc Test for the presence of multidrug resistance organisms on surfaces of equipment used in high-risk patient care areas (e.g. the ICUs and the bone marrow transplant unit), and purchase vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) to use in disinfecting these surfaces. Conduct study to determine the effectiveness of VHP decontamination, a method that has shown promising results in combating outbreaks of disease caused by multidrug resistant organisms in other institutions. 21. Cardiology and Jeffrey Zampi, MD Cardiovascular Surgery As part of an effort to create a comprehensive cardio-pathology library, provide partial funding to hire a computer programming company to create a web-based computer software program to house and organize data and images. 22. Legal and Risk Management Department Max Coppes, MD PhD, MBA Develop and pilot test a web-based system to monitor and evaluate serious and sentinel events at CNMC with the goal of reducing medical errors in pediatric patients. With this grant CNMC aims to become the national resource on errors in children’s hospitals, with web-based sharing, analysis and reporting of data. 23. Genetics Catherine Uruburo Family Services Associate Provide assistance for a support group for Spanish-speaking families with Down syndrome children. The grant would be used to fund socialization and networking activities, to print brochures, to purchase educational materials and to pay membership fees to national organizations. 24. CNMC Cara Biddle, MD Complex Care Program Purchase one medical bed scale and one wheelchair scale for the new clinical space in the East Tower. These scales will be used in coordinating the care of children with special health needs—e.g. ventilators, tracheotomy tubes, feeding tubes. 25. Neurology Sandra Cushner- Weinstein, PT, LCSW-C Purchase a computer, camera and equipment to help institute a website for CNMC camps. The website will have photographs of children at camp, daily schedules, a newsletter and a site where parents can communicate with their child’s counselor. 26. Center for Genetic Nahmah Kim, MD Medicine Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH Purchase lab supplies for a study assessing the regulation of Retinoic acid (RA)- receptor endothelial expression after in vitro exposure to bacterial antigens and whether RA confers protection against apoptosis. If it is protective, RA would need to be studied further to determine its potential as a therapeutic agent for sepsis. 27. Gastroenterology Kathy Klopfer- Sheehy, NP Purchase a laptop computer and supplies, a digital camera and a scanner/printer to be used in developing an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Lifestyle program. The aim of the program is to optimize wellness and remission of pediatric IBD patients by empowering the child and family to take control of health maintenance. 28. Endocrinology Beverly Clark, (SW) Implement a Diabetes Mentoring Program to partner families with previous experience with diabetes with families of children newly diagnosed with the disease. Grant funds would cover the cost of supplies for training workshops and would allow the program to function with 100 participants over a two year period. 29. Emergency Johanna McKenna, RNIII Medicine Purchase a single line scrolling LED display board with programming software that would provide a confidential means to summon patients and families to the next phase of their emergency care while preserving patient confidentiality. 30. Genetic Medicine Javad Nazarian, Ph.D. Purchase reagents and supplies necessary to study pediatric brain stem gliomas in an effort to determine if protein expression patterns are drastically altered in the tumor brain tissue versus the normal brain tissue. These alterations could serve as diagnostic biomarkers and could define new therapeutic targets for this childhood cancer. 31. Hematology/Oncology Jeffrey Dome, MD Purchase a Gel Doc XR documentation system and computer to help study the effect of the telomerase inhibitor on pediatric cancer cell lines. Telomerase is an enzyme unique to cancer cells which is required for them to proliferate. This enzyme represents a highly attractive therapeutic target for cancer. 32. Center for Cancer Lisa Thaniel, MSW, and Blood Disorders LICSW Print a brochure to prepare sickle cell patients for the transition from pediatric to adult care as part of the S.T.E.P. (Successfully Transitioning Each Patient) program. The brochure will be given to every sickle cell patient between the ages of 14 and 21. 33. Short Stay Unit (SSU) Heather Walsh, RN, MSN, CPN Provide age-appropriate developmental toys, DVD players and a TV for patients in the Short Stay Unit (SSU). Patients placed in the SSU generally spend 24 to 72 hours in the hospital. 34. Respiratory Care Unit Heather Walsh, RN, (RCU) MSN, CPN Purchase a refrigerator for the parent lounge in the Respiratory Care Unit.
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