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  Nov-Dec 2013
Monthly Pediatric Updates           

Research, Quality,
and Safety  

Drs. Danielle Laraque and George Foltin, supported by a $174,570 grant from AmeriCares and in partnership with the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (CPEM) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have developed the Pediatric Disaster Mental Health Intervention (PDMHI).  The PDMHI is a four hour interactive session training pediatric providers in post-disaster mental health, disaster response and other relevant issues.  Read More >



Effective December 10th, the newborn nursery went live with FULL electronic documentation for nurses and physicians. Learn More >

The Division of Genetics administrative office has moved to 977 48th Street, 2nd Floor.  

Check out the latest MMC Research Buzz >

Learn more about Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) by NHeLP, the National Health law Program. 

Dr. Gaffoor for being among 400-plus physicians nationwide to pass the first ever Board Certification exam in Clinical Informatics. Read More >

Dr. Kupferman on his publication in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology entitled, "BP control and left ventricular hypertrophy regression in children with CKD."

Dr. Kupferman on his publication in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases entitled, "A critically ill infant with sepsis, respiratory failure and anasarca."  

Dr. Kupferman on his publication in the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension entitled, "A multicenter study of neurocognition in children with hypertension: methods, challenges and solutions."  

Dr. Kupferman on his book chapter in Pediatric Hypertension (3rd edition)entitled, "Cognitive and Behavioral Aspects of Childhood Hypertension."

Dr. Laraque on her publication in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience entitled,"Does a One-Day Educational Training Session Influence Primary Care Pediatricians Mental Health Practice Procedures in Response to a Community Disaster? Results from the Reaching Children Initiative (RCI)"

Dr. Laraque for being named in the New York Business Journal's People on the Move

Congratulations to Dr. Meghna Nayak on the birth of her daughter, Leila M. Jetha. 

Congratulations to Mika McLane-Bowes, Child Life Specialist, on the birth of her daughter, Kaiber Merrill Bowes. 

Fond farewell to Dr. Asha Willis.  We wish her much success in her future endeavors!


New Staff 

Robert Higgins
Financial Investigator
Pediatric Billing

MST Pervin, MA
Pediatric Primary Care

Danielle Petro, LPN
Pediatric Primary Care

Tori Velez
Research Coordinator
Newborn Screening Study

Svetlana Zekowsky, LPN
Pediatric Primary Care 



Message from the Chair
The end of the 2013 year is a good time to take stock of where we are, where we have been and what we have achieved as well as setting our sights for where we want to go in the New Year of 2014. We began the 2013 year having completed a strategic plan in 2012. That plan used as its foundation our Mission, Vision and Values to serve children and families in any setting (outpatient, inpatient, community at large), to provide a continuum of care, to provide an experience that nurtured children at times of stress, and supported their families by including them in the planning of care during illness but also in ways that allowed them to continuously promote their child's health. Read More >

Pediatric Spotlight   
Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Learn about the Pediatric-Child Psychiatry Collaborative Workgroup. Dr. George Alvarado discusses this initiative, explaining that beyond simply looking at referral rates to mental health, the workgroup will aim to identify factors and potential initiatives to address mental health concerns "on the ground" in the pediatric primary care setting. Read More >

Dr. Heather Needham discusses the role of mental health support in comprehensive adolescent health care and explains that during adolescence, teens and their families often face a myriad of concerns about normal versus abnormal behavior. She explains that mental health disorders among children and adolescents are an important public health issue due to their impact on the child, family, and community. Read More >

For the Chinese American, it can be a difficult journey to get help from a psychiatrist; doubly so for children in the Chinese community in Brooklyn. Recently, in order to serve the Chinese community better, Drs. Liwen Ye and Joseph Carmody conducted an anonymous survey of Chinese community members. Read More > 
Latest News

Primary Care

According to the AAP's Mental Health Initiativewebsite, "More than 14 million children and adolescents in the United States, or 1 in 5, have a diagnosable mental health (MH) disorder that requires intervention or monitoring and interferes with daily functioning." Dr. Ravi Saksena discusses some of the activities, strategies and need for the Pediatric-Child Psychiatry Collaborative Workgroup. 
Read More >

Meet E.L.M.O. - The Oxygen Monitoring Mascot of the NICU. Being mindful of clinical decisions that impact areas of practice has been a growing trend in our NICU. MICH provides care to many preterm infants who fall below the 32 week gestational range and can be affected by Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Eyes Love Monitored Oxygen (ELMO) was developed from ideas gained through a need related to Maimonides NICU ROP rates in combination with a presentation from a conference in which ROP results were improved by introducing a mascot as a reminder for oxygen monitoring. Read More >

We are pleased to welcome Giselle Melendez,RN, MSN, as our new Clinical Nurse Specialist for NICU and Nursery. With prior managerial background in Neonatal Intensive Care, Emergency and Pediatric Hematology Oncology units, she will be bringing valuable experience to the Infants and Children's Hospital. Giselle is dedicated to enhancing nursing practice in Newborn Medicine while supporting evidence-based practice. Giselle holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a Master's of Science in Nursing Education from Molloy College and is currently pursuing her EdD at Teachers College -Columbia University. Please join us in extending Ms. Melendez a warm welcome.

Latest news from the Pharmacy Department includes information about dopamine, hydroxyzine, and papaverine drug shortages; a propylene glycol warning; new Mitochondrial Disease and Neonatal TPN ordersets; and a few formulary updates. Read More >
Family Centered Care 

LOGO WANTED!! Our Family Advisory Board seeks creative individuals to help us come up with an amazing Family Advisory Board logo.  The most original and fantastic artwork will be chosen and a gift certificate will be awarded!  So please gather your talent and submit something special! Click here for details > 

For Your Interest 

On October 10th, 
the New York City Police Department Football Team visited the Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital, entertaining children and their families with songs, stories and games.  Watch Video >

On December 11th, the Department of Pediatrics joined together to celebrate the holidays and the wonderful work they have done throughout the year.  See photos >

Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital
Maimonides Medical Center - Lutheran Medical Center
- Coney Island Hospital

4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219  (718).283.7500 


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