Diabetes Family Day
Patients with diabetes can join Join Sam Fuld from the Tampa Bay Rays at this year's Diabetes Family Day on Saturday, April 20th. All Children's Hospital's Endocrinology and Diabetes Department is teaming up with the Tampa Bay JDRF Center to provide a day of free education for families living with type 1 diabetes. The program will offer updates on the most current information and answer your questions.

This year's theme is "Healthy Living with Diabetes." Program topics include: Nutrition & Health in the Electronic Era, Celiac Disease, Physical Activity/Sports, Across the Lifespan, and Tying it All Together.

The event will be held at All Children's Education and Conference Center, located at 701 4th Street S. in St. Petersburg. The program is free, but preregistation is required. Visit or call 727-767-8289 for more information or to register.

May Grand Rounds

Friday, May 3

Beth L. Laube, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pulmonology,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Topic: "Optimizing Aerosol Delivery in Children"

Friday, May 10

Aylin Tekes-Brady, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Pediatric Radiology,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

"Anatomical and Functional MR Imaging of Soft Tissue Vascular Anomalies in the Head and Neck in Children"

Friday, May 17

David Berman, DO
Pediatric Infectious Disease,
All Children's Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, USF College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Topic: "Pediatricians' Attitudes toward Nonstandard Immunization Schedules"

Friday, May 24 –
Friday, August 30, 2013

NO Pediatric Grand Rounds
- Summer Hiatus

Pediatric Grand Rounds will resume on Friday, September 6, 2013

Upcoming Conferences

Clinical Updates in Pediatrics:
Practical Topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

April 13, 2013
All Children's Hospital
Education & Conference Center, St. Petersburg, FL

The 37th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference

June 20-23, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Registration is open.

To reserve a room, click on The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and use code ACHACHA or call 1-800-241-3333 and mention the All Children's Hospital Suncoast Pediatric Conference to receive our discounted room rate.

The recent implementation of the All Children's Hospital Patient Transfer Center has created a new era of one-stop, emergency patient transfers to ACH that makes the process fast and simple with a single phone call.

At the same time, the presence of the new transfer center has raised some questions about the role of the Physician Access Line (PAL).

To address any possible confusion, PAL has not gone away. But it now serves a different role.

In the past, PAL was a 24/7 operation, predominantly handling incoming calls from primary care physicians requesting to consult with ACH specialists or asking to have their patients admitted to the hospital.

The new Patient Transfer Center, located on the tenth floor of All Children's, now handles the transfer requests from doctors requesting that their patients be admitted. The phone number is (727) 767-7337.

PAL, meanwhile, retains its (727) 767-8311 phone number but has shifted in the following ways:

Primarily an out-bound call program as opposed to in-bound.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-through-Friday, no longer round the clock.
Most PAL calls are those made to primary care physicians to let them know when their patient has been admitted and when their patient has been discharged.

PAL still handles some calls from pediatricians requesting consultations with specialists. If such a call comes in before or after the 7 a.m.-to-7 p.m. window of operation, a phone prompt will direct the caller to the 24/7 Patient Transfer Center.

Pediatric cardiac surgeons and cardiologists from All Children's and John Hopkins spotlighted the collaboration between both programs at the 2013 World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, held Feb. 17-23 in Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibit designed and staffed by All Children's CME Department was heavily visited each day of the Congress, and ACH staff provided detailed information about both programs through conversation and also shared print and video collaterals.

All Children's and Hopkins presented a dinner symposium on "The Birth of Heart Surgery: Lessons from the 'Blue Baby' Operation." The event was hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs and Susan Collins from ACH and Duke Cameron from Hopkins. Faculty from Hopkins and ACH explored the development of the Blalock-Taussig shunt by Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Vivien Thomas at Johns Hopkins in 1944, known as the "Blue Baby" operation, which revolutionized the treatment of congenital heart disease. Additional ACH and Hopkins physicians took part in an interactive discussion along with other international experts, tracing the evolution of pediatric heart surgery from its roots in that 1944 operation to present-day advances. More than 200 conference participants attended the symposium and feedback was extremely positive. The dinner symposium was videotaped and can be viewed online at

In addition, speakers from All Children's and Hopkins delivered 11 presentations during the conference proceedings. Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Chai of ACH served as key program track moderators, as did Dr. Allen Everett and Dr. Cameron from Hopkins. Physicians from St. Petersburg and Baltimore are now planning for the 14th Annual Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease, to be held February 2014 in St. Petersburg.

Two recent Grand Rounds presentations, one on March 15 and the other April 5, form the basis of a two-part CME requirement for Florida licensure for domestic violence. The presentations can be viewed in the Grand Round archives at for anyone who was not able to attend in person. Each video is accompanied by a short online pre-test and post-test, required to complete the licensure process.

In the March presentation, Dr. Megan H. Bari-Merritt, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, emphasized that Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a pediatric issue and a potent and prevalent form of toxic stress. She underscored the growing literature on the health impact of IPV exposure in children and adults. The aim of the presentation: give participants the ability to identify the ways in which intimate partner violence (IPV) as a toxic stressor impacts children's health.

The second Grand Rounds talk was given by Dr. Sally Smith, Medical Director for the Child Protection Team in Pinellas County. The learning objective: After attending this presentation, participants will demonstrate the ability to review elements of history and physical assessment in potential victims of child abuse; discuss procedures for investigation of cases and referral to community intervention services.

For anyone interested, CME programs that fulfill licensure requirements for HIV and medical errors are also available online.

All Children's Hospital is helping children and teens manage their weight and make healthy choices about food and exercise. Our pediatric specialists created Fit4Allkids to help kids, teens and families reach and maintain a healthy weight and body size and to be more active and fit.

A new session for our community based programs will begin in June. This is a referral based family weight management and fitness program that follows the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. It offers families with children ages 8 to 12 a fun and supportive environment to learn about adopting healthy behaviors and reaching personal goals.

The program for children 8-12 is offered 3 times a year in partnership with the Greater St. Petersburg Y and the Suncoast Y at these locations: St. Petersburg, Clearwater and New Port Richey. We also offer a special teen program for ages 13 to 18 in Largo.

Program features:

Goal-setting and strategies
Temporary Y membership
8-weeks working with a registered dietitian or nurse, a behavior/motivation coach, and a certified fitness expert—all with special experience in children's health
Entire family is encourage to participate

Demonstrated program outcomes:

Decreased BMI
Decreased blood pressure
Decreased hip and waist measurement
Decreased intake of high-caloric and high-fat foods

To learn more about the program and enrolling families for the summer session starting in June, please contact Fit4allkids Coordinator Kellie Gilmore at 727-767-6923 or or checkout the Fit4Allkids Website,

Making an appointment with an All Children's Hospital physician practice no longer has to be confined to your telephone keypad.

Requests can now be submitted in cyberspace - courtesy of the new Appointment Request form at

Families and referring physician practices can submit their request for an appointment by simply clicking on that link and providing the required information. That gets the ball rolling. Once you've filled out the form, scheduling professionals from All Children's will contact the person designated on the form and set up an appointment.

Appointments can still be made by phone. This addition to the system gives you another alternative, eliminating the need to call in and wait on hold or navigate a phone menu.