(From the January 2016 Issue of MedStat)
Genomics Team Honored for Innovation in Unraveling Medical Mysteries
A team from Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been honored as the winner of 2015 international CLARITY Undiagnosed Challenge. The CLARITY Challenge involved 26 leading genomics teams from seven countries who sought to interpret DNA sequences and provide information to five different families about their conditions that had eluded diagnosis despite multiple doctor visits, tests and genetic studies. Competitors included Stanford University, University of Southern California, Emory University and several international biotechnology institutes. The Nationwide Children’s team — the only team from a pediatric hospital — was unanimously chosen by an independent panel of judges that included medical geneticists, computer scientists, bioinformaticians and clinical experts. Judges lauded Nationwide Children’s team for its accuracy and comprehensive approach, which produced the most reliable and clinically useful results of all the competition entrants.
Celebrating 25 years of Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Care
Nationwide Children’s Hospital has completed the American College of Surgeons (ACS) site survey of the Level 1 Trauma Center and the reviewers exit report was extremely positive. The final report from ACS denotes the status of re-verification will arrive in January. Re-verification is required every three years and the outstanding team at Nationwide Children’s is now celebrating their 25th year as a participant in level 1 trauma center status.
Nationwide Children’s was the first ACS verified Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Ohio and amongst the first in the nation. The re-verification process requires intense review of patient care, research, quality and education, and spans across more than 100 standards set forth by ACS. Strengths included administrative commitment, trauma program staff, nursing care, research and subspecialty surgical services. With more than 600 people with direct involvement in the trauma care system at Nationwide Children’s, the preparation and successful site visit are a testament to our commitment to excellent pediatric care.
Congratulations to the CME Program on receiving Accreditation with Commendationfrom the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). According to the ACCME, Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all criteria and the accreditation policies. Only 35 percent of ACCME-accredited organizations achieve Accreditation with Commendation. This is the third time CME has received this distinction. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, president of the ACCME wrote, "We commend your organization for meeting the ACCME's accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that yours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians and patients you serve. You have demonstrated an engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is a part of a system for quality improvement." Special thanks to William Long, MD, CME Chair, David Dawdy, MD, Medical Consultant and Josette Alexander, CME Manager.
Mark Peeples, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has been elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Peeples is a scientist in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s primarily studying RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). The AAAS Council elected 347 Fellows for 2015, in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership. Dr. Peeples was specifically honored for “contributions to virology, in particular to understanding entry and replication of respiratory syncytial virus,” according to the AAAS.