Suncoast Pediatric Conference
Has a New Location
Our popular Suncoast Pediatric Conference has a new location for 2010: The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. Although the location in is new, room rates will remain the same as last year.

This year's topics will include: ID, dermatology, pediatric surgery, adolescent health, cancer survivorship, NICU follow-up, and talking to families about immunizations. The keynote speaker will be Barbara Staggers, MD, MPH, and Director of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, CA.

34th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference
(& The 3rd Annual Pediatrics
of Tomorrow)

June 24-27,
The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Register online at

Specialty Care Centers Host Car Seat Inspections
Several All Children's Specialty Care Centers are hosting Car Seat Safety Checks in the coming weeks, with inspections provided through the Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition. Research shows that 4 out of 5 car seats are not installed properly. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will be on hand to determine whether a seat is properly installed.

Appointments are required, and families must:

Specify the age of each when scheduling the appointment;
Bring the child to the fitting station appointment using the child's current car seat;
Allow at least 20 to 30 minutes for each seat to be checked;
Be prepared to purchase a replacement child restraint if the current restraint is unsafe - there are no free child restraints at fitting stations; seats are replaced at cost;
Provide the owner's manual and child restraint instructions for that particular vehicle

Friday, April 23:
All Children's Specialty Care of Lakeland,
2 - 4 pm
Call 863-802-6605

Friday, April 30:
All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco,
9 am - noon
Call 727-834-5403

Friday, May 7:
All Children's Specialty Care of Manatee,
9 am - noon
Call 941-925-6322

Outreach Grand Rounds @ Sarasota Memorial
"Exciting Pediatric Cases"

Thursday, April 22
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Rooms 4A&B

Ibraham Elsheikh, M.D. and Heather Schramm, M.D., Ph.D. will present interesting cases and review life-threatening conditions and the immediate interventions needed.

ID Clinic Begins at All Children's Specialty Care of Ft. Myers
Pediatric infectious disease specialist Shirley Jankelevich, MD, now sees patients at All Children's Specialty Care of Ft. Myers on a weekly basis, effective April 6. She will see patients every Tuesday morning in the Ft. Myers center.

Dr. Jankelevich also sees patients at All Children's Specialty Care of Sarasota and All Children's Specialty Care of Manatee at Lakewood Ranch.

Please call the Pediatric Infectious Disease program at 727-767-4160 to schedule a patient with Dr. Jankelevich at any of these locations.

ACH Introduces
Applied Behavior Analysis Services
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Services are now available at All Children's Hospital. ABA therapy creates individualized treatments focused on decreasing problem behaviors, teaching new positive behaviors and training caregivers. The Behavior Analyst will work as part of a collaborative team with any other rehab services (hearing, speech-language, physical and/or occupational therapy) a child is attending.

ABA services are appropriate for families with children who are exhibiting:

Running away from adults
Non-cooperative behaviors
Aggressive behavior
Self-injurious behavior
Nonverbal behavioral or limited communication skills
Inattentiveness or a short attention span
Difficulty handling changes in routine
Poor self-help skills
Behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder

When ABA services are recommended, the Behavior Analyst designs an individualized program that may include:

Establishing and expanding positive behaviors
Establishing and improving communication skills
Decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning and everyday tasks
Improving pre-academic, academic, play and social skills
Collaborating with other therapeutic services
Parent and caregiver training

Jennifer Rava-Wooten, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, has joined All Children's as Clinical Director of ABA and will develop and oversee these services. She has 12 years of experience working with children and adults diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities and other mental health disorders that require behavioral interventions.

Ms. Rava-Wooten holds a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Florida State University and a B.S. in Psychology with a specialty in ABA from the University of South Florida. Her specialties include implementation and monitoring of verbal behavioral programs for children with autism, behavior reduction programs, skill acquisition programs, functional behavioral assessments and training caregivers.

Please call 727-767-8303 to learn more about the ABA Program.

SafeBeat Initiative Seeks Answers
on Cardiovascular Screening

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes (CAS) Foundation has partnered with the All Children's Heart Institute and Hillsborough County Public Schools to offer free voluntary cardiovascular screening to high school students in an effort to identify students at risk for sudden cardiac death.

The SafeBeat Initiative will provide voluntary screening at 27 Hillsborough high schools, beginning with seven this spring. The goal is to identify cardiac arrhythmias or structural disease that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

The program is designed as a research effort to help evaluate both the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of screening in preventing sudden cardiac death, which claims more than 7,000 children and teens in the U.S. each year.

"The total research data that is collected through this initiative will be invaluable and is perhaps the largest such effort to date in the U.S., says Gul Dadlani, MD, Director of the All Children's Heart Institute. "Not only will the initiative save lives, it will provide a unique research opportunity that may benefit future generations of children."

The CAS Foundation, based in Boston, MA, was created by David Vining and Jayne Vining, whose son Marc died of a heart defect.

Pediatric Grand Rounds
Looks at Mind-Body Medicine
Mark Cavitt, M.D., Director of Pediatric Psychiatry at ACH, discussed Mind-Body Medicine: Techniques for Everyday Practice on Friday, April 9. The presentation is available online for you to view at your convenience. Dr. Cavitt will focus both on how healthcare providers can practice mind-body techniques for their own personal well-being as well as for patients.

Physicians who view our Pediatric Grand Rounds webcast are eligible to receive a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Upcoming topics for April Pediatric Grand Rounds include: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Blood Transfusions, and Cleft Palate & Pierre Robin Sequence.

Check out

All Children's and the Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition are part of a community-based advocacy program that created this informative website to help prevent childhood drowning. It's an excellent resource for families in your practice who have a backyard pool. Families can download a Pool Safety Checklist and a Layers of Protection & FAQ page for information about pool safety products. There is also a How-to-Guide with information about a specific type of barrier or alarm, an Interactive Pool Safety page, and an all-important Supervision page. You can reach the site at:

The Dreamers
by local artist Candy Knapp

The Dreamers, an installation by local artist Candy Knapp, welcomes patients and families to the All Children's Emergency Center. Works by more than 30 local artists interpreting the Explore the Suncoast theme are featured in the new ACH.