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Six Porter Adventist RNs Undeck the Halls
awarded scholarships by ANCC by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
I like Christmas. I like the idea of Christmas, anyway.
I like the idea of decorations and cookies and gifts
and happiness and joy. It’s the reality I have
difficulty with. I have a low tolerance for clutter,
whether it’s a cluttered home or a cluttered schedule.
By the time Dec. 25th rolled around it seemed to me that
the holiday is little but clutter. Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry.
Cook, shop, unpack, hang, set up, rearrange, count gifts, shop
some more – and yes, I do know that Christmas is not really
about the gifts. I do, I do, I do.
I just don’t want to find out what would happen if I ever
had fewer presents for one kid than the others. Not interested
in the least to find out how that would be.
This year I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and
I was happy to do it. My father-in-law was acting all shocked
that I worked, but he has never lived with a nurse before. I
was happy to work on Christmas, in the hospital, for more
than one reason. I was happy that I would be working and
not laying in a hospital bed.
I was happy because
working the holiday gave me L a u g h i n g
the opportunity to make
s o m e o n e ’ s p o t e n t i a l l y with
miserable holiday a tiny bit Elizabeth
better in one way or several,
if I gave it a good attempt.
I was happy because I
knew that my family were
Pictured from left ar e Tim Girdlestone and Roseann Durham of The College Networ k, after scholar ship award
Pictured from are Girdlestone Roseann Colleg Networ
ork, holarship award
scholar all at home safe, healthy,
presentations to Por ter RNs JoAnn Patter son, April Romero, LuAnn Netzel and SueAnn Glusenkamp.
presenta orter Patterson, Romer
omero Netzel Glusenkamp. warm and fed. I had the
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Denver Health CEO Health and Hospital Authority, was appointed to
the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access
Commission (MACPAC). The official announcement
named to MACPAC will be published in the Federal Register.
“Many highly qualified individuals sought to
Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Accountability Office (GAO), serve on the Commission,” Dodaro said.
Comptroller General of the recently announced that “Those selected bring to MACPAC an impressive
United States and head of the Patricia Gabow, MD, Chief range of professional expertise and experience as
U.S. Government Executive Officer, Denver well as geographic diversity and meet the specific
requirements of the legislation.”
Gabow is CEO of Denver Health, an integrated
public safety net health care system that is the
state’s largest provider of care to Medicaid and
She is a member of the Commonwealth Fund’s
Oklahoma City, Ok 731
Commission on a High-Performing Health System,
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and putting it all away. I like this providers and performance measures
Elizabeth part of it because my house will be
back to normal. I like this part of it
Denver and quality improvement.
The Children’s Health Insurance
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side of my personality as I carefully established MACPAC to review
wrap and pack each bauble and Medicaid and CHIP access and
pleasure of going home to them to garland. Reform, and the New America payment policies and to advise
look forward to all day. I like this part because it means Foundation’s Health CEOs for Health Congress on issues affecting Medicaid
There are other reasons I was that it will be the new year soon, and Reform. and CHIP.
happy. I was happy because I did not anything in the world seems possible. Gabow joined Denver Health in The Act directs the Comptroller
have to cook a great huge meal for a I like the idea of Christmas, I really 1973 as chief of the Renal Division General to appoint MACPAC’s
gazillion people. Even with help that do. I like having all the kids home and is a Professor of Medicine in the members, with initial appointments to
is a hard job and it is one that I am and together. I like wrapping presents. Division of Renal Diseases at the be made no later than January 1, 2010.
enjoying less and less as the years I like giving presents. I won’t lie, I University of Colorado Denver School The terms of MACPAC
pass. I was happy because I did not like getting presents. It’s the reality of Medicine. She received her medical commissioners are intended to be
have to clean up a big huge meal for compared to the fantasy that gets me. degree from the University of staggered, with the first set of
a gazillion people. That is another job The reality is that celebrating Pennsylvania. appointments for terms of one, two,
I am enjoying less each year. Christmas is a long and complicated Previously she served as chair of or three years.
I am enjoying it so much less, as process that requires a great deal of the National Association of Public Commissioners may be appointed
a matter of fact, that I can foresee the work. The work is mainly done by Hospitals, as well as on two Institute for subsequent three-year terms.
day when we will be ordering in pizza the person, whether it be wife or of Medicine committees that addressed Gabow’s term will expire in December
for Christmas dinner. It’s not that I’m husband, mother or father, who the future viability of safety net 2012.
too tired to do it. It’s just that I don’t generally has to do most of the work
like it that much and I seem to be most of the time anyway.
hitting some turning point in my life
where I am willing to do fewer and
fewer things I don’t like to do.
The upside is that I have a married
daughter now and I expect that one
of these years soon she will start
Renowned Liver Transplant
Since we had our Christmas dinner
the day after Christmas, I decided that
a brisket would be perfect! You just
having Christmas at her house. When
that happens I may have enough extra Surgeon Joins Porter Staff
time and energy to really enjoy the
pop it in the oven and go take a season. Dr. Thomas G. Heffron, a pioneer in
really long nap. living donor liver transplantation, has
You need basically two side dishes recently joined the medical staff at Porter
– bread and barbeque sauce – and Adventist Hospital. He also joins SurgOne,
BAM! Everybody’s happy except the PC, in Denver and the practice of Dr.
vegetarian and I figure I can stretch Eric Kortz, MD.
my wings enough to steam up some The two surgeons first worked
veggies if she looks hungry. together 20 years ago, on the same team
Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal is an RN and in Chicago that performed the nation’s
What I looked forward to most freelance writer who lives and works in first living donor liver transplant.
about Christmas was dismantling it Oklahoma City. As a member of the Porter Transplant
program, Heffron brings additional
St. Anthony North announces expertise in liver transplantation, having
performed more than 900 transplants in
both children and adults, more than 100
Mitchell as new CEO of which were living donor procedures.
Surgeons at Porter have offered organ
St. Anthony North Hospital has announced its new president and CEO, John W. transplants since 1986, and currently
Mitchell. Mitchell begins his tenure at St. Anthony North on Dec. 21,. 2009. perform kidney and pancreas
Mitchell comes to St. Anthony North, a Centura Health facility, from Grays transplantation in addition to liver
Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., where he served as president and transplants.
CEO of the 140-bed, two-campus hospital. In his more than four years there, the Heffron was most recently the Dr. fron
Dr. Thomas G. Heffron
hospital experienced growth and exceptional performance. Under his leadership, the director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation at Emory University/Children’s Hospital
hospital was named a 2008 Health Grades Top 15 percent hospital for Patient of Atlanta. Prior to that, he was director of Adult Liver Transplantation at Emory
Experience. University, where he was named the first recipient of the Mason Chair for Liver
Prior to these responsibilities, Mitchell served as chief operating officer (COO) Transplantation and Surgery in 2004. He previously held positions at the University
of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, a Centura Health hospital, from of Nebraska and at the University of Chicago.
January 2000 through May 2005. While at SMC, he achieved “World-Class Leader” Heffron earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical
rank in two consecutive associate surveys, managed a $60 million construction Center and served a fellowship in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery at the
project, and was part of an administrative team that achieved a $3 million turnaround University of Chicago.
from red to black in 10 months. He also has a background in sales, marketing and He has special expertise in complex surgery of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas,
public relations. He once worked as an on-air radio host and television news liver and kidney transplantation and has published numerous scientific articles and
reporter, and served as a broadcast journalist for the U.S. Navy. Mitchell has a given lectures across the country.
master’s degree in mass communication management from Virginia Commonwealth Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet® designated, 368-
University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from James Madison University. bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition
He has consistently served on numerous boards and foundations in the communities to being ranked No. 1 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by HealthGrades.
where he has lived and worked. John and his wife Paula have three adult children. Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care and transplant.
St. Anthony North Hospital is a full-service, 196-bed acute care facility offering Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is part of Centura Health,
a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. St. Anthony North Colorado’s largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to
is part of Centura Health, Colorado’s largest hospital and health care network more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living
delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year. For more communities, medical clinics, Flight for Life and home care and hospice services.
information visit www.stanthonynorth.org. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org.
Denver’s Nursing Star January 5, 2010 Page 3
she had won $15,000 in scholarships— Porter’s chaplain was part of the
Porter three each at $5,000 for Porter nurses
to further their education.
scholarship committee led by Bradley
and was so impressed by the quality
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Continued from Pa “I couldn’t believe it. I was so of the nurse applicants that he found
excited,” Bradley said. “At the an additional private donor to award
conference we were awarded our two more scholarships.
by Joelle Moran
Magnet designation, so it was a very Two nurses received Magnet
special time for us and another Award Scholarships resulting from
example of how Magnet can impact a matching funds by the Mission in
Six nurses at Porter Adventist facility and really change the culture Ministry Department at Porter: Toni
Hospital were recently awarded to nursing excellence.” Foos, $1,500 for the BSN-MSN program;
scholarships for their continuing To determine what nurses would and Marci Borns, $1,000 for the RN-
education thanks to the Denver receive the scholarship money, MSN program.
hospital’s recent Magnet designation applicants were asked to answer the All six scholarship winners will
for excellence in nursing by the same question as Bradley: “What does be starting their master’s education
American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet mean to me?” no later than this month, Bradley said,
(ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Because there were so many and two of the winners were already
The awards came about when candidates who were eligible and in school.
Magnet Project Director Kathleen interested, Bradley asked the College “The rest were already in the
Bradley, RN, MSN and director of Network if it would be willing to split process, but with the scholarship, the
professional resources, entered an essay one of the awards. The company rest of them decided this was a sign
contest at the National Magnet agreed. that they needed to advance their
Conference in Louisville, Ky, in Four nurses received scholarships careers because they thought they
October. from The College Network: JoAnn would do better for their patients,”
Bradley was at the conference with Patterson, $5,000 for the RN-MSN Bradley said.
a group of 19 nurses from Porter to program; April Romero, $5,000 for the “Now we have a whole group of
accept the Magnet designation the RN-MSN program; Sue Ann people going back to school and
hospital earned in early 2009. On the Glusenkamp, $2,500 for the BSN-MSN furthering their education, which is
last day of the conference, she visited program; and LuAnn Netzel, $2,500 really exciting for us. It was much
the College Network’s booth and for the RN-MSN program. more meaningful and impactful than
completed an essay in 50 words or For her essay, Patterson, RN-CEN, offering the three scholarships.”
less describing what Magnet meant to wrote: “Magnet empowers me to Porter had a celebration for the
her. Out of more than 500 entries, her practice the art and science of nursing nurses and their families in December
two sentences won. supported by nurse leaders and my and the College Network awarded the
“Magnet is the innovation, peers, using best practices and nurses their scholarships.
excellence and a transformational force evidence-based research to provide “The touchy thing for me was that
changing the face of health care across excellent patient care and improve the family members went to the
the United States and around the outcomes. It unified the nurses in our company and shook their hands and
world. Magnet reaches all hospitals department. Magnet inspires me to said ‘Thank you so much. You’ve made
by raising the standard for exemplary think critically, work autonomously a difference in our lives,’” Bradley said.
patient-focused care,” Bradley wrote. and grow professionally.” The Magnet conference was also
In December, Bradley learned that But the giving didn’t stop there. the first time Porter took a big group
of nurses to learn about the best
practices and evidence-based processes
Hantavirus found in five at the best hospitals in the country,
Colo. pediatric patients “It was their first opportunity to
see what the best hospitals in the
country are doing and for them to
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is an uncommon but severe disease realize that Porter is indeed a Magnet
that can occur after contact with an infected rodent or rodent-infested area. facility and that they do many of the
Although most cases in the U.S. have occurred in adults, children are also things that they were hearing about
susceptible. at the conference,” she said.
The risk of HPS can be minimized through rodent control in housing and
play areas and by instructing children to avoid contact with rodents or areas of
infestation. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a severe but rare disease,
and over one-third of cases are fatal. Very few pediatric cases of HPS occur in
the US. However, in 2009, five children aged 6–14 years developed HPS in
Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington.
After initial flu-like symptoms, the children developed difficulty breathing
So are more than 80,000
and were taken to hospitals. Symptoms included fever, shortness of breath, and
fluid accumulation in the lungs. One child died, and three of the four children Healthcare
who recovered required respiratory assistance at the hospital. Hantaviruses that Professionals throughout the
cause HPS are carried by rodents, and all five children had exposures to rodents Denver Metro area !
before their illness.
While the majority of HPS cases occur in the western United States, rodents
that carry hantaviruses are found throughout the country. HPS should be considered
in children with unexplained acute respiratory distress, especially if rodent
exposure is noted.
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knowledge of the statute’s impact on and community service to actively
Colorado public health delivering public health services at the
address public health issues, including
chronic disease, access to health care,
researchers receive grant The basis of this type of practice-
based research is to involve those who
will use the findings of research in
environmental threats, emerging
infectious diseases, and costly injuries.
The Colorado Public Health
As Colorado’s public health implementation of the Colorado Public the research process itself. Practice-Based Research Network
professionals address the health needs Health Act of 2008, and as counties The new Colorado School of Public (COPHPBRN) is a partnership among
of the state, improving the time it seek to streamline and cooperate to Health is the first and only school of the Colorado School of Public Health
takes to translate research into practice provide services during difficult public health in the Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain Prevention Research
improves the access of vital services economic times. Region, attracting top tier faculty and Center, Colorado Department of Public
to Colorado communities. “You shorten the time it takes to students from across the country, and Health and Environment, Colorado
A new grant from the Robert Wood translate research into services providing a vital contribution towards Association of Local Public Health
Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is helping provided when you ask and research ensuring our region’s health and well- Officials and the Public Health Alliance
a team of researchers do just that. pertinent questions that the community being. of Colorado.
The public health researchers needs answered,” said co-principal Collaboratively formed by the The COPHPBRN is part of a
connected with the Colorado School investigator (PI), Julie Marshall, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, national network of the Robert Wood
of Public Health is one of 15 groups and professor of epidemiology at the Colorado State University, and the Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported
in the U.S. to receive a $150,000 RWJF Colorado School of Public Health. University of Northern Colorado, the programs studying the reach,
Public Health Law Research grant to Marshall and co-PI Lee Thielen, Colorado School of Public Health effectiveness, efficiency and equity of
analyze the impact and use of law in executive director of the Public Health provides training, innovative research public health practice.
regional and multi-county approaches Alliance of Colorado and CALPHO, will
to local public health service delivery. lead the research team.
RWJF awarded the grant to the Regional approaches to public
Colorado Public Health Practice-Based
Research Network (COPHPBRN), a
health service delivery exist in
Colorado (such as one county providing
McKee Medical Center fills
partnership among Colorado School of
Public Health researchers at the Rocky
Women, Infants and Children health
and nutrition programs or
two pickups in food drive
Mountain Prevention Research Center, environmental services in a nearby
the Colorado Association of Local county), but there has been no A friendly competition among departments at McKee Medical Center
Public Health Officials (CALPHO), the inventory of these arrangements and resulted in a donation of 3,208 items to Loveland’s House of Neighborly
Public Health Alliance of Colorado and no examination of the components of Service on Tuesday.
the Colorado Department of Public the models, their legal structures and According to Erin Becerra, HNS food program manager, the food
Health and Environment. the successes and challenges weighed 2,530 pounds which will help feed about 60 families of four for
This highly competitive grant is encountered by various approaches. a week each.
the first research project of the network As more public health agencies In addition, McKee employees donated paper towels, toilet tissue,
since its funding began in 2009. explore the potential benefits and diapers and other personal items.
The research, which will occur over consequences of regional approaches, The hospital’s director of culinary
the next 18 months, will examine a formal examination of existing and nutrition services, Scott Clanin,
regional approaches to providing models will inform public health challenged departments in early
services among county-based public professionals, community partners, and December to see which could collect
health agencies. local and state decision-makers. the most food and toiletry items for
This will allow them to understand In addition, the research will donation. The department that
the barriers and driving forces of the examine Colorado’s Public Health Act contributed the most items per person
development and maintenance of these of 2008 and laws in other states for would win a pizza party.
models. the impact on regional approaches to Clanin asked for items most needed
Timing of the grant is significant public health services. by the agency including toiletries,
as the public health agencies begin The result will be enhanced canned goods, pasta and baby food.
House of Neighborly Service, a
ARE YOU READING THIS?
nonprofit agency, provides a safety net
of food, clothing and assistance for
housing, medications and
transportation for families in crisis.
So are more than Clanin totaled donations Monday:
514 employees in 28 departments
80,000 Healthcare participated with the Medical Records
Professionals throughout the
department coming out on top.
The hospital delivered the food in two pickups Tuesday afternoon to
Denver Metro area ! HNS in downtown Loveland.
“We’re grateful and want to thank McKee employees and the family
members who helped,” said Glorie Magrum, executive director for HNS.
Call 720-283-2209 TODAY!! “This will help us for the next couple of months.”
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AAAS, ARVO select three
researchers as fellows
Two University of Colorado’s leading experts in ophthalmic research.
School of Pharmacy researchers have The purpose of ARVO is to encourage
been named American Association for and assist research, training,
the Advancement of Science (AAAS) publication, and dissemination of
Pharmaceutical Sciences fellows and a knowledge in vision and
third has been elected as a fellow of ophthalmology.
the Association for Research in Vision The title of ARVO fellow is an
and Ophthalmology (ARVO). honor established to recognize current
Raj Agarwal, PhD, and John ARVO members for their individual
Carpenter, PhD, are two of only eight accomplishments, leadership and
Pharmaceutical Sciences AAAS fellows contributions to the Association.
elected in 2009. Uday Kompella, PhD, “All my research work related to
will be awarded ARVO fellow status the eye is typically presented first at
in 2010. the ARVO annual meetings, and input
According to AAAS, a fellow is from ARVO members over the years
defined as a member whose efforts in has been extremely helpful in shaping
the advancement of science or its my research and career,” said Kompella.
applications are scientifically or socially “I am delighted that I have been all and fulfills its mission to “advance comprised of more than 12,500
distinguished. selected to receive the ARVO fellow science and serve society” through individuals, continues to grow. Some
Agarwal and Carpenter were designation.” initiatives in science policy; 42% of members reside in over 70
nominated by their peers for their Eligibility for the fellow international programs; science countries outside the U.S. The
work in pharmaceutical sciences. designation is determined by a point education; and more. membership is multidisciplinary and
”This is a great honor, and I want system established by the ARVO board The Association for Research in consists of both clinical and basic
to thank all my peers who nominated by which members earn points for Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. researchers (approximately 44% MD/
and supported me,” said Agarwal. various types of service to ARVO and (ARVO) was founded in 1928 in Ophthalmologists, 26% PhD’s, and 30%
In Nov. 2009, the AAAS Council participation in ARVO-sponsored Washington, DC by 73 Other, including optometrists,
elected 531 members as Fellows of activities. ophthalmologists. ARVO was originally osteopaths, and veterinarians).
AAAS. Out of the 531, five are from Kompella, along with 251 others, named the Association for Research In 1986, ARVO established its first
the University of Colorado (three from will be honored at the 2010 annual in Ophthalmology (ARO), but the word permanent office located on the campus
CU-Boulder and two from UC Denver’s meeting of ARVO in Fort Lauderdale, “vision” was added in 1970 to better of the Federation of American Societies
School of Pharmacy). Fla., in May. reflect the scientific profile of its for Experimental Biology (FASEB), in
These individuals will be The University of Colorado Denver members. Bethesda, Maryland. In 2001 the ARVO
recognized for their contributions to is located in Denver on the Downtown The Association’s membership, Office relocated to Rockville, Maryland.
science and technology at the Fellows Campus and on the Anschutz Medical
Forum on Feb. 20, 2010, during the
AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Fellow nominations may be made
Campus in Aurora, Colo. UC Denver
offers more than 120 degrees and
programs in 13 schools and colleges
NCMC lifts visitor
by the Steering Groups of the
Association’s 24 sections, or by any
and serves more than 28,000 students.
For more information, visit the UC
restrictions for children
three fellows who are current AAAS Denver Newsroom. North Colorado Medical Center will now allow children ages 12 and under in
members, so long as two of the three The American Association for the patient care areas in the hospital and other NCMC facilities.
sponsors are not affiliated with the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an In September, leaders from Banner Health, which operates NCMC, implemented
a systemwide visitor-restriction policy as a precaution against the spread of H1N1
nominee’s institution, or by the Chief international non-profit organization flu. Under that policy, children ages 12 and under were not permitted in patient
Executive Officer. dedicated to advancing science around care areas in the hospital. Research indicates that children are the main carriers
Nominations undergo review by the world by serving as an educator, and transmitters of the flu; some Banner Health facilities prohibited children
the Steering Groups of the Association’s leader, spokesperson and professional from visiting the hospital at all. Banner Health has now decided because of
sections (the Chair, Chair-Elect, association. declining cases of H1N1 flu to have each of its 22 facilities determine their own
Retiring Chair, Secretary, and four Founded in 1848, AAAS publishes visitor policy, recognizing that there may be other contagious diseases circulating
Members-at-Large of each section). the journal, Science, and serves some in local communities that may warrant the maintenance of visitor restrictions.
Each Steering Group reviews only 262 affiliated societies and academies NCMC has chosen to lift the restrictions. However, people who have flu-like
those nominations designated for its of science, serving 10 million symptoms should still refrain from visiting patients in the hospital. Also, if
section. Names of Fellow nominees who individuals. Science has the largest paid conditions change and the number of flu cases increases, restrictions may be
are approved by the Steering Groups circulation of any peer-reviewed implemented again.
“Despite the overall decrease in H1N1 cases, we have not yet seen seasonal flu
are presented to the AAAS Council general science journal in the world, or RSV and there is still a risk of a third H1N1 wave,” said Caryn Staib, system
for election. with an estimated total readership of director of Banner Health’s Emergency Management. “Therefore we ask that
ARVO is an international 1 million. facilities continue to remain vigilant in terms of not allowing any sick individuals
organization that attracts the world’s The non-profit AAAS is open to to visit and weigh the benefits of maintaining the restrictions.”
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FDA, Health Organizations to Colorado-based company
Study Safety of Medications ordered to pay $5 million
Spectranetics Corporation, a medical device manufacturer, located in Colorado
Program to study effects on mothers and their babies Springs, Colorado, has agreed to pay the United States $4.9 million in civil
damages plus a $100,000 forfeiture to resolve claims against the company, the
A new research program called M.D., director of the Office of Justice Department announced.
the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Surveillance and Epidemiology at the The claims arise from allegations that the company illegally imported
Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and unapproved medical devices and provided them to physicians for use in
will fund research to study the effects Research. patients, conducted a clinical study in a manner that failed to comply with
of prescription medications used “Results of these studies will federal regulations and promoted certain products for procedures for which
during pregnancy. provide valuable information for the company had not received Food and Drug Administration approval or
The program is a collaboration patients and physicians when making clearance.
among the U.S. Food and Drug decisions about medication during The company manufactures, distributes and sells certain medical lasers
Administration and researchers at the pregnancy.” and peripheral devices for those lasers, such as lead wires that guide the
HMO Research Network Center for The program blends clinical and lasers through vascular tissue and catheters that carry and contain the lasers
Education and Research in research expertise and population- inside the veins, including, specifically, the CVX-300 Medical Laser and the
Therapeutics (CERT), Kaiser based databases from 11 health plan- CliRpath Turbo Laser Catheter, the TURBO Elite Laser Ablation Catheter, and
Permanente’s multiple research centers affiliated research sites including the TURBO-Booster Laser Guide Catheter.
and Vanderbilt University. Kaiser Permanente (Northern In resolving this matter, Spectranetics has entered into a civil settlement
About two-thirds of women who California, Southern California, agreement and a non-prosecution agreement with the United States. The
deliver a baby have taken at least Georgia,, Pacific Northwest, and company also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of
one prescription medication during Colorado regions); Harvard Pilgrim Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.
pregnancy according to a journal Health Care Institute, Group Health According to the non-prosecution agreement, officers and employees who
article published in the American Research Institute, HealthPartners, acted on behalf of the company engaged in multiple areas of wrongdoing.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lovelace Clinic Foundation, the Specifically, Spectranetics illegally imported unapproved medical devices
There are very few clinical trials Meyers Primary Care Institute, and from overseas manufacturers and distributed those devices for use in human
that test the safety of medications in Tennessee State Medicaid, and the patients, and failed to meet its reporting obligations to FDA regarding a study
pregnancy due to concerns about the FDA. named “CORAL” (COronary graft Results after Atherectomy with Lasers) and
health of the mother and child. The HMO Research Network another associated study in connection with the devices listed above.
“This program is a great example CERT Data Center at the Department Under the terms of the non-prosecution agreement, Spectranetics has accepted
of FDA and the private sector working of Population Medicine of Harvard responsibility for its conduct, has instituted remedial measures to prevent this
together to improve the health of Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim conduct in the future, and will continue to cooperate in the ongoing criminal
pregnant women and their children,” Health Care Institute, led by Richard investigation.
said Margaret Hamburg, MD, Platt, M.D., M.S., is the coordinating As a result, Spectranetics will not be criminally prosecuted for this conduct.
Commissioner of Food and Drugs. center for the program. Under the civil settlement agreement, the United States asserted that, as a
"These data will guide regulatory Lead researchers include Susan result of the conduct described here and set forth in more detail in the civil
policy and influence medical practice." Andrade, Sc.D. HMO Research agreement, Spectranetics caused false claims to be submitted to the Medicare
To overcome the challenges Network William Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. Program during portions of the time period from 2003 to 2008.
presented by the lack of clinical trial (Vanderbilt); Robert Davis, M.D., “It is important to hold those who submit false claims to Medicare responsible
data about the use of medications M.P.H. (Kaiser Permanente Georgia); for their actions,” said U.S. Attorney David Gaouette. “Settlements such as this
during pregnancy, the research Craig Cheetham, Pharm.D.; (Kaiser help to protect the integrity of the Medicare system.”
program will link health care Permanente Southern California); and “The Department of Justice will be vigilant in pursuing cases against
information for mothers and their De-Kun Li, M.D., Ph.D. (Kaiser medical device companies that break the law and defraud taxpayers,” said
babies in each of the participating Permanente Northern California). Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil
research sites. Collectively, the 11 The investigators have Division.
participating sites have health care collaborated on numerous studies “Our compliance agreement with Spectranetics holds the company and its
information for about 1 million births related to medication use during executives accountable for violations of Federal health care program and FDA
over the past seven years (2001-2007). pregnancy and birth outcomes, as well requirements,” said Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General of the Department
Many of the mothers associated as studies on the effects of anti- of Health and Human Services.
with these births likely used depressant medications, antibiotics, “Records from Spectranetics’ clinical investigations will be audited by an
medication during their pregnancies and cardiovascular medications on Independent Review Organization to ensure compliance with FDA rules –
and now, with the program in place, birth defects and perinatal outcomes. including reporting of adverse events.”
the FDA and participating researchers A Steering Committee composed The matter was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of
have a systematic and timely way of of representatives from each Colorado, the Office of Consumer Litigation and the Commercial Litigation
retrieving information from this participating site and the FDA will Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil Division and the Food and Drug
network. oversee MEPREP activities and Administration Office of Criminal Investigation.
“This collaborative effort creates provide overall scientific leadership. The corporate integrity agreement was handled by the Department of
a unique resource to study the effects FDA epidemiologist, Pamela E. Scott, Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
of medication in pregnant women and Ph.D., is the FDA project lead and For more information, visit the United States Attoryney’s Office, District of
their children,” said Gerald Dal Pan, chair of the Steering Committee. Colorado, Web site at http://www.justice.gov/usao/co.
Denver’s Nursing Star January 5, 2010 Page 9
baby facility that will
The Children’s Hospital looks eventually serve as a local,
regional and national
back on a year of success referral center.
In 2009, it was
announced that until this
As 2009 comes to an end, The designation, the hospital ranked in new facility is built, these
Children’s Hospital has recaptured the top 10 in six specialty areas. services will continue to be
some of the year’s highlights and is Also this year, more than 70 provided by our high risk
celebrating the successes the hospital doctors from Children’s made 5280 mother/baby teams through
had while striving to provide the best Magazine’s “2009 Top Docs” in Denver the Colorado High Risk
care for kids. list. Maternity and Newborn
In February of 2009, The The Children’s Hospital was Program.
Children’s Hospital at Parker selected as one of the Best Companies Each year The
Adventist Hospital celebrated its five- to Work for in Colorado by Children’s Hospital works
year anniversary and the significant ColoradoBiz magazine and the Society to positively influence
growth it has seen. for Human Resource Management public policy decisions
Later in the year, the Parker (SHRM) Colorado State Council for related to children’s health
location expanded, becoming what is 2009. and well-being.
now known as the Parker Campus. The only hospital recognized as During the legislative
The Parker Campus offers 24/7 a finalist, this honor reflects the session, members of The
emergency care, specialty care and efforts made to create a positive, Children’s Hospital
therapy care for kids and teens. healthy, and rewarding work place Grassroots Advocacy
In August of this year, Dr. Talat for the remarkable staff here at Network made over 5,800
(Tania) Khan and her practice, Children’s. contacts to policy makers
Colorado Pediatric Pulmonary In addition, The Children’s on bills related to children’s
Associates joined The Children’s Hospital was voted the 2009 Family health and safety.
Hospital. Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic In 2009, Children’s
Dr. Khan sees patients at Network in a survey by Colorado Parent made significant efforts to T he Childr en’ s Hospital a t P ar k er Ad v entist Hospital
Children at Par Adv
of Care locations including The magazine. become a more eco-friendly celebr ated its ffiive-year anniver sar y in Febr uar y.
celebr sary Februar
e-year anniversar uary
Children’s Hospital at Saint Joseph’s The Children’s Hospital is one of facility.
Hospital and The Children’s Hospital few hospitals in the nation with a Implementing recycling
North Campus in Broomfield. fully-functioning electronic health programs, providing alternative transportation options for employees and
In addition, The Children’s record system. finding ways to conserve energy are just a few of the steps the hospital has
Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood In November of 2009, Children’s, taken. Children’s continues to take steps to be more environmentally conscious
Disorders (CCBD) announced that Kaiser Permanente Colorado and everyday.
Childhood Hematology Oncology Exempla Healthcare went live with For more information on The Children’s Hospital, visit their Web site at
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Children’s Hospital Network of Care, “health information exchange” system.
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we would have been in or near an sudden, much more was being
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Balance for Life... one moment. Are you already feeling worse for everyone. Turn on some when my cell phone rang.
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appointment in your calendar? because if you are all twirled up made it clear she would need our
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every day, but reschedule something that works for drama. on this article. Yay!
sooner or later both of you. There is no reason to My favorite example happens to The moral of this story is to know
our schedules abuse yourself with the stress of it me quite frequently, when I have that you can't be everything to
get the best of all. YOU are in control of your life. just begun to feel stress and realize everyone.
Sher r y L. Ray, CPCC us. Take responsibility for it. I am overbooked. Let go of your ego, be willing to
Before you Here are some lessons my clients Each time this happens someone say no, reschedule or even cancel
know what's happened you are racing and I have learned along the way. reschedules or cancels and I get the when you feel your mental health is
through traffic in your car while When you are driving and you are day I wanted to begin with. going to be tested.
swearing and gripping the wheel with late, take a moment for some deep I am always tickled when this No one wants to be around
a purpose. Maybe you snap at your long breaths. occurs, it seems all I have to do is someone that isn't fully present
loved ones or the people at work, Know that fate has put you where begin to think that things are getting because they are already worried
because everything feels out of you are in traffic for a reason and it out of hand when I get that phone about their next appointment.
control. They can't know what's going could be to protect you from what call changing my day. Many times the other person will
on and don't deserve the fallout from might be happening up ahead. It happened to me today. I made be thrilled for a change in their own
your mess. Often times it has been observed it to my first appointment, stopped schedule. Be willing to call them and
Before you make your that if we had been traveling on time for my second one where, all of a work it out.
You'll both end up with some
hobby that makes you feel good. surprise free time!
Don't Let The Winter Blues Getting involved with others is
another way to feel better. From fun
Make You Blue socializing to volunteering at your
church, a local shelter, or nonprofit
agency, get out more. Helping others
Disorder (SAD) and can be serious almost always brings better feelings,
The Counseling Corner... enough to warrant treatment by a mental and when you combine that good
Commentary by The American Coun- health professional. work with a nice bright smile, you
seling Association But for most of us it's just a minor may find you just don't have time
inconvenience and, fortunately, one that for feeling blue. Sherry L. Ray, CPCC is a national speaker,
you can do something about. Of course, there are many things international business/life coach, and a
Not feeling Since the shorter days and lack of that can cause depression besides cold, Reiki Master/Teacher.
yourself lately? sunlight in winter plays a role in gray skies. If you find that you just
Perhaps you're bringing on winter blues, the obvious can't overcome those blue feelings,
a bit sluggish, cure is to increase the amount of light and if such feelings are interfering Denver’s Nursing Star
a little irritable,
in your life. If it's a bright, sunny day,
bundle up and get outside for a bit. If
with your enjoyment of a normal life,
seek help. Counseling professionals Board of Commentary
longer, or just it's gray and dreary, try turning on extra can both help pinpoint the cause of Vicki L. Mayfield, M.Ed., RN, LMFT
feeling a bit lights to brighten things up and to use your feelings and suggest ways to Eileen Doherty
down about broad spectrum bulbs that simulate combat that depression. Colleen Folsch
everything? natural sunlight. Bottom line? Take action and don't Virginia Gillispie, RN, ND
Welcome to Exercise also helps fight those tired let the winter blues take the fun out Vickie Jenkins
Sherry L. Ray, CPCC
seasonal depression, or as it's commonly feelings of winter. Just a short daily of your life.
Linda Mundorff(Rener), RN, MPH, MSN, NDc
known, the "winter blues" or the walk or gym workout can help your Andrea Arnold, RN, BC
"winter blahs." body and mind overcome those feelings Elizabeth Sowdal, RN
It's a much more common problem of no energy. Deresa Claybrook, MS, RHIT
than most people realize, and yes, it Even little things can make a Licia McCurdy, LPN
can be serious. Some people find winter difference. When you're feeling down, Angela Lash, RN, CM
weather depresses them enough that give a friend a call and talk about happy The Counseling Corner is provided as a
things. Watch a favorite funny TV show Opinions expressed in columns and letters
it interferes with normal life and leads public service by the American Counseling to the editor are not necessarily the
to severe feelings of depression. Such or movie. Read a book that you know Association, the nation’s largest opinions of employees, ownership of this
cases are known as Seasonal Affective you'll enjoy, or spend some time on a organization of counseling professionals. newspaper or the publishing company.