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(From the March 2016 Issue of MedStat)

Washburn to Lead Transplant Divisions at Ohio State, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have announced the joint appointment of Dr. W. Kenneth Washburn as director of adult and pediatric transplant programs at each respective hospital, beginning in March.

Dr. Washburn will be the director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Division of Transplantation. At Nationwide Children’s he will be chief of the Division of Transplantation as well as director of the new Abdominal Transplant Program. In these roles, he will lead the hospital’s pediatric kidney transplant program and will establish Nationwide Children’s first pediatric liver transplant program.

A national authority on liver and kidney transplantation, Dr. Washburn comes to Columbus from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he led the liver transplant program and was a professor of surgery. He also provides national leadership in setting transplant policy and serves on the board of directors of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Dr. Washburn earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center as well as a multi-organ transplantation fellowship at Harvard-New England Deaconess Hospital.

Growth Charts Updated in EPIC for the Child with Severe Obesity

Currently, 4.3 million children in the United States live with severe obesity, a serious, under recognized public health problem that continues to increase in prevalence. The first step in tackling the problem is to identify the child with severe obesity using the American Heart Association classification (see table below). The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition and IT have updated the CDC growth charts in EPIC to make it easier to appropriately classify children with severe obesity and track their weight and body mass index trajectory over time. In doing so, effective and targeted treatment can be provided better for these children. For more information and resources, visit

Weight classification



BMI ≥85th percentile and < 95th percentile

Obesity (class I)

BMI ≥95th percentile to < 120% of 95th percentile

Severe obesity (class III)

BMI ≥120% of 95th percentile  to < 140% of 95th percentile

or BMI >35

Severe obesity (Class III)

BMI ≥140% of 95th percentile or BMI >40

*Age and gender-specific body mass index (BMI)

Expanded Westside Primary Care Center Open

In early February, Nationwide Children’s opened an expanded Westside Primary Care Center. In 2014, Hollywood Casino Columbus and the City of Columbus donated a gift of $500,000 to make the expansion possible. The donation comes from the West Side Community Fund, which is a $5 million collaborative effort between the City of Columbus and Hollywood Casino Columbus, designed to revitalize and invigorate the city’s west side and stimulate growth in the area. The expanded Westside Primary Care Center includes a large multipurpose space that can be used for training of medical staff, community and educational events and for other programs provided at this location, including health screenings, obesity prevention activities, homework help and Reach Out and Read. Clinical space and office space were also expanded.

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Justice Stores Third Annual National Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Nationwide Children's

For the third-consecutive year, tween retailer Justice (an Ascena Retail Group, Inc. company) will launch a national fundraising effort in their stores to benefit Nationwide Children’s. The “Give Hope” campaign began Feb. 26 and will run through April 10 in stores across the country. Justice customers will be encouraged to make a donation at the time of their purchase during the six-week campaign. Donations may also be made online at

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