Asthma Family Day
is Saturday, April 30
Children and teens with asthma and their parents are invited to attend the 10th Annual Asthma Family Day at All Children’s Hospital. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Education and Conference Center.

This year’s theme is “Real Life with Asthma.” The session will include a look at asthma from the personal perspective of a teen patient and a parent. Children ages 4-12 will participate in their own educational program and activities. Topics for teens and parents will include:

Understanding Asthma
Asthma Case Management
Nutrition & Asthma
Allergy & Asthma
Smoking & Asthma
Environmental Triggers

The program ends at 2:15 p.m. and will be followed by an optional CPR class.

The goal of this free program is to improve asthma self-management skills and increase patients’ and parents’ understanding of asthma. Reservations are required; families can register on line at

May 7 Events Offer Education on Diabetes or Water Safety
Two additional family education events focusing on health and safety will be held on Saturday, May 7 in St. Petersburg.

Diabetes Family Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the All Children’s Hospital Education & Conference Center. The program is an opportunity to share current information and explore a variety of perspectives on managing juvenile diabetes. A panel discussion on “Beating Diabetes Burnout” will spotlight the impact of diabetes on the individual and family. Family members will also have the opportunity to take part in TrialNet screening for type 1 diabetes risk. See for information and registration for this free event.

The H2O Expo on water safety and drowning prevention will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USF St. Petersburg Pool. The program will feature water safety education, child swim evaluations for children at least 2 years old, healthy cooking demonstrations, and an appearance by Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Brooke Bennett. The program is sponsored by All Children’s Hospital, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and (visit their website for information and directions).

Outreach Grand Rounds: Sarasota
Thursday, April 28 at
Sarasota Memorial Hospital

12:30-1:30 p.m.,
Waldemere Medical Plaza

"Is It a Seizure?"

S. Parrish Winesett, M.D.
Director of Epileptology,
All Children’s Hospital

Outreach Grand Rounds: Spring Hill
Tuesday, April 19 at
Spring Hill Regional Hospital

6:00-8:15 p.m.

Child Abuse and Neglect

This 2-hour presentation is a recorded lecture from our 2010 Pediatric Grand Rounds series and meets CME licensing requirements. Sally Smith, M.D., Medical Director of the Suncoast Center Child Protection Team in St Petersburg, was the speaker for this presentation. Registration is required; register online at

Register Now!
35th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference
June 23-26, 2011
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Pediatric topics include:
Infectious Diseases
Adolescent Gynecology
Sports Medicine
Disaster Preparedness
Maintenance of Certification requirements

Register today at

Weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds Take a Summer Sabbatical
This year Pediatric Grand Rounds will go on hiatus for the summer months. Friday, May 20 will be the last presentation until live Grand Rounds programs resume September 9. This will be a good time to view our archived Pediatric Grand Rounds programs online for any programs of interest that you may have missed. The list of topics and information on CME credit is available at

All Children's Hospital is now a part of the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) as a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). The non-cash transaction (no purchase or sale) took place on April 1 and was celebrated on April 4 at a public event held outside the hospital.

Katie, a graduate of All Children's NICU and later its Happy Mealtimes Intensive Feeding Program, sang "God Bless America" at the April 4 event
All Children's is the first U.S. hospital outside the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region to achieve membership within Johns Hopkins Medicine, which includes The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

"This is a momentous occasion—the beginning of a new chapter in the history of All Children's Hospital," said Gary Carnes, President & CEO of All Children's Health System. "As part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, All Children's value as a key community asset will increase exponentially. All Children's top-notch clinical care will evolve into the future with the addition of world-class teaching and research opportunities for which Johns Hopkins Medicine is renowned. Our region and the state of Florida stand to benefit from the economic impact that such growth entails."

"We welcome All Children's to the Hopkins family and we join the leadership of All Children's in viewing this integration as an opportunity that allows both partners to continue their respective mission-centric work in children's health care," says Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We also believe it increases All Children's value as a key community asset, extending benefits near and beyond to the children in need of top-notch clinical care by adding the advantages of the world-class teaching and research opportunities that Johns Hopkins Medicine will bring."

Under the terms of the integration agreement, All Children's Hospital retains its name and its longstanding commitment to the children of Florida. Donations made to the Hospital's Foundation remain for the benefit of All Children's. Leadership and day-to-day operation of the 259-bed freestanding pediatric hospital and its outreach facilities in eight west Florida counties are not expected to change. All Children's retains its voluntary medical staff and physician organizations, including those University of South Florida physicians practicing at ACH. The University and All Children's are committed to continuing the USF Residency Program at ACH through 2014, with the possibility of extending beyond that timeframe still under discussion.

Board governance structure guarantees that local community leaders continue to provide guidance and oversight of All Children's as majority members of the Hospital's Board of Trustees. In fact, the Chairman of the Board of All Children's Hospital will now be a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and in addition, members of the Board of All Children's Hospital will be offered opportunities to serve on JHM and JHHS committees.

Jonathan Ellen, M.D., is now Vice Dean of Pediatrics for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at All Children's Hospital and Physician-In-Chief. Previously he served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Research.

"We are very excited about this opportunity," Dr. Ellen said at an April 2 event for physicians. "Our goal here is to become one of the top pediatric medical centers in the country, if not the world. If you don't dream big, you don't do big.

"It has been a long road of learning about each other's cultures and ways of doing and looking for something even better than either one of us, and I think that's what we've been able to find through this process. What has really been exciting is that we have learned so much about each other and how together we can make this transformation happen."

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster asked All Children's patients to play a musical fanfare before the new logo was displayed on the hospital exterior

The April 2 event featured two speakers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. David G. Nichols, M.D., Vice Dean for Education at the Johns University School of Medicine discussed the new "Genes to Society" curriculum for medical students and the potential to develop a similar approach to pediatric residency education. Peter Pronovost, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals, discussed quality and patient safety initiatives and the cultural changes that physicians can lead within a unit, department or institution to ensure the greatest success for these initiatives. Both presentations can be viewed online by clicking the following links: David G Nichols, M.D. and Peter Pronovost, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

All Children's and Johns Hopkins Medicine are pleased to announce the inaugural "Designing Clinical Research Program" at All Children's Hospital.

Using a combination of structured didactic training and ongoing mentorship, the goal of the program is to support the All Children's Hospital Community in developing skills in clinical research and educational scholarship. These skills will include: study question and concept development; appropriate study design, project proposal, IRB application, data collection, management and interpretation; submitting and presenting abstracts; and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed publications.

The yearlong program will begin in June with a weekend retreat that introduces key concepts of clinical research and continue with ongoing mentorship through biweekly contact with a research mentor and/or biostatistician. A follow-up workshop in fall 2011 will focus on preparing abstracts and presentations for scientific meetings, to be followed in spring 2012 by a workshop to provide feedback on research project posters and presentations.

Participants need not have significant previous research experience or a fully developed project idea; the goal of the program is to assist clinicians with project development, study design, biostatistics and presentation of findings.

Applications are due by April 15, 2011 and are available on the All Children's website Applicants will be selected for participation in the program based on their level of interest, merit of their project idea and division support.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact any member of the Planning Committee:

Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health, Johns Hopkins University,

Paul Danielson, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, All Children's Hospital,

Michael Epstein, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, All Children's Hospital,

Sharon Ghazarian, PhD, Director, Bayview Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Data Management (BEAD) Core, Johns Hopkins University,

Tracy King, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University,

Erica Sibinga, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University,

Rajan Wadhawan, MD, Director of Clinical Research, Neonatology, All Children's Hospital,

Sandy Wismer, MS., Director Research & Grants Administration, All Children's Hospital

Most of you are well aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new child passenger safety recommendations last month. The AAP now recommends that all infants should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are 2 years old or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer.

There are 3 types of rear-facing car safety seats: infant-only seats, convertible seats, and 3-in-1 seats (which can be used rear-facing, forward-facing and then as a belt-positioning booster). When children reach the highest weight or length allowed by the manufacturer of their infant-only seat, they should continue to ride rear-facing in a convertible seat or 3-in-1 seat.

Families can learn more about the new guidelines, including installation tips and answers to common questions at This site is available in both English and Spanish.

The Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition sponsored by All Children’s Hospital strongly recommends that parents have their child’s car seat checked by a nationally certified child passenger safety technician. An appointment is required. Families can call the Safe Kids Coalition at All Children’s at 1-800-756-7233 or can register for events at these All Children’s locations:

All Children’s Therapy Center of Lakewood Ranch:

All Children’s Specialty Care of Sarasota:

All Children’s Specialty Care of Brandon:

All Children’s Specialty Care of Lakeland:

All Children’s Specialty Care of Pasco:

Nine locations are available in Pinellas County; appointments can be scheduled at 727-892-KIDS.