It's About Children - Spring 2004 Issue by East Tennessee Children's Hospital
EAST TENNESSEE CHILDRENÕS HOSPITAL
2018 Clinch Ave. ¥ P.O. Box 15010
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-5010
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EAST TENNESSEE CHILDRENÕS HOSPITAL
T O T A K E
After more than 30 years of
success together, rock/soul
singers Hall & Oates will bring
their act “Center Stage” at the
12th annual benefit for
Children’s Hospital April 3 at
the Knoxville Convention Center,
a new location for this event.
Daryl Hall and John Oates
met and first collaborated in
1967. After a brief period
performing separately, they
were reunited in 1969 and
have performed together almost
continuously since that time.
Their earliest hits came in the
1970s, including “She’s Gone”
and “Rich Girl.” After a period
of limited success, their album
Voices featured four hit singles
— a remake of the Righteous
Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That
Lovin’ Feelin,” “You Make My
Dreams,” “Kiss On My List”
and “Every Time You Go Away.”
For the next several years Hall & Oates
produced a number of hits, including
“Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No
Can Do),” “Maneater,” “Out Of Touch,”
“Family Man,” and “Method Of Modern
Love.” Hall recorded a successful solo album
during the pair’s three-year hiatus in their
partnership that ended with their reunion
in 1988. In 2002, they released a new
album, Do It For Love, that featured the
title song and “Man On A Mission.”
The Center Stage benefit will begin at
6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
at the Knoxville Convention Center, followed
by dinner and Hall & Oates’ performance.
A dance band will perform following the
concert. Underwriting support is provided
by Goody’s, Clayton Homes, Pilot Corporation
and LandAir. A special thanks goes to Bob
and Wendy Goodfriend, who will serve as
co-chairs for the event for the 12th year.
Center Stage has raised more than $1.6
million for Children’s Hospital since its
Board of Directors
James S. Bush
Robert Madigan, M.D.
Robert M. Goodfriend
Jeffory Jennings, M.D.
Donald E. Larmee, M.D.
Chris Miller, M.D.
J. Finbarr Saunders, Jr.
William F. Searle III
Bill Terry, M.D.
Chris Miller, M.D.
Chief of Staff
Lewis Harris, M.D.
Vice Chief of Staff
David Nickels, M.D.
Chiefs of Services
Lise Christensen, M.D.
Chief of Medicine
Cameron Sears, M.D.
Chief of Surgery
David Birdwell, M.D.
Chief of Pathology
Clifford J. Meservy, M.D.
Chief of Radiology
Mike Mysinger, D.D.S.
Chief of Dentistry
Mark Cramolini, M.D.
Chief of Anesthesiology
Vice President for Human Resources
Joe Childs, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Services
Vice President for Operations
Vice President for Finance
Beckie Thomas, R.N.
Vice President for Patient Care
A quarterly publication of East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital, It’s About Children is
designed to inform the East Tennessee
community about the hospital and the
patients we serve. Children’s Hospital is a
private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric
medical center that has served the East
Tennessee region for more than 65 years
and is certified by the state of Tennessee as
a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
Director of Community Relations
Director of Development
“Because Children are Special…”
...they deserve the best possible health care given in a
positive, child/family-centered atmosphere of friendliness,
cooperation, and support - regardless of race, religion,
or ability to pay.”
...their medical needs are closely related to their
emotional and informational needs; therefore, the total
child must be considered in treating any illness or injury.”
...their health care requires family involvement, special
understanding, special equipment, and specially trained
personnel who recognize that children are not miniature
...their health care can best be provided by a facility
with a well-trained medical and hospital staff whose
only interests and concerns are with the total health and
well-being of infants, children, and adolescents.”
Statement of Philosophy
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
The Bottom LineArtwork by some of Children’s Hospital’s special patients
the best care possible for his or her special
pediatric medical needs.
Q: What should parents know or do to
prepare for a trip to the emergency room in
case an emergency happens?
A: Although we realize that a trip to our
hospital’s emergency room is usually
unexpected, there are a few things you can
do to prepare for your visit. Be sure to
always have your children’s Social Security
Q: In what cases is a trip to the Children’s
Hospital Emergency Department necessary?
A : Any of the above circumstances would
merit a trip to the Children’s Hospital
Emergency Department if your child’s
pediatrician is not available, but it is
important to keep in mind that emergency
departments are equipped to care for all
children — from those with minor illnesses
to those with life-threatening injuries.
Because of this, patients with a less severe
problem usually will have to wait until more
critically ill patients are treated. The
emergency department is also more
appropriate than a doctor’s office for sudden
and serious situations such as these:
• A head injury that has caused loss of
consciousness, vomiting or problems with
balance or coordination
• An injury that has caused numbness and
tingling or paleness in an extremity
• An injury that will likely need an X-ray
• Complications related to a chronic medical
condition such as diabetes or asthma
• Difficulty breathing or gasping for breath
• For an infant from birth to three months,
any change in color, especially paleness
or bluish color around the mouth and in
Q: What if my child is sick and our
pediatrician is not available, but it is not an
emergency? Should I take my child to an
urgent care (or walk-in) clinic?
A: Generally, walk-in medical facilities do
not have staff specially trained in pediatrics,
so I would not recommend having your
child treated at one. If your child is sick and
your pediatrician is not available, bring your
child to Children’s Hospital’s Emergency
Department. You may have to wait a little
longer than other patients whose conditions
are more severe, but your child will receive
numbers, current medication (dosage and
schedule), and insurance information. You
will be asked to provide this information
about your child.
For more information on visits to the
Emergency Department, visit our Web site
Compiled by Katie Harvey,
Making Healthy Choices
Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Place: Children’s Hospital Koppel Plaza
Because food habits often are family-centered, it is important to recognize unhealthy habits
and take steps to correct them. A registered dietitian will discuss how to make appropriate
healthy food choices, provide substitutes for foods that promote weight gain and suggest
methods for increasing daily activity. Class sizes are limited, so pre-registration is required.
This course is FREE.
Infant and Child CPR
Monday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Place: Children’s Hospital Koppel Plaza
This class will teach caregivers cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and choking maneuvers for
children ages eight and younger. This class also gives general home safety advice and tips.
Class sizes are limited, so pre-registration is required. This course is $18 per person.
Monthly programs at Borders Books
The last Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Place: Borders Books, Music and Café, 202 Morrell Road in Knoxville
Pediatric health topics for this free program vary each month. Parents and children
are both welcome to attend, and preregistration is not required.
For more information or to register for any of these classes, to be added to the
Healthy Kids mailing list for announcements of upcoming classes or to receive our
free Healthy Kids parenting newsletter, please call (865) 541-8262.
Announcements about upcoming classes can be seen on WBIR-TV 10 and heard
on area radio stations. Or visit our Web site at www.etch.com and click on
“Healthy Kids Education and News.”
Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Kids Campaign, sponsored by WBIR-TV Channel 10 and
Chick-Fil-A, is a community education initiative of the hospital’s Community Relations
Department to help parents keep their children healthy.
Lise Christensen, M.D.
To whom it may concern,
My son, Marcus Bennett Skeen, was brought to the Emergency Department at
Children’s Hospital around 10 p.m. on the evening of September 30, 2003. We ended
up being admitted, and our stay was until Thursday, October 2, 2003.
It was important to both my husband and I to make you aware how extremely
impressed we were with the staff at Children’s Hospital. This view held true
throughout our entire experience from the emergency room to our inpatient
Having a business where doing education seminars on customer service courtesy
skills is a large portion of what we do, I am probably more in tune with this type of
behavior than the average person and often use my own personal experiences as
illustrations in my discussions. My family has been in a few situations where,
unfortunately, our experiences were less than pleasant, and sadly, most of these
experiences were due to staff and behaviors. This makes what is already a difficult
situation even worse.
It’s the simple gestures that can make all the difference in the world, and everyone
we encountered at Children’s went out of their way to accommodate us. Even to a
staff member, on her lunch break, having to direct me to an exit so I could get to
the outside parking lot. Sensing that I was frustrated, tired and lost, she took the
time to walk me down the hall directly to the exit door and gave me further
instructions on how to get to the parking garage … lunch tray still in her hand!
With the exception of a few names on the night staff (Katy and Lori), I am regretful
that we were in a state of mind that we were not more aware of keeping up with
names … there would be many to thank. In the Emergency Department, we were
treated with the utmost care and sincere concern from staff members in the
admissions process, to Dr. Lise Christensen to nurses and the gentleman from
Respiratory Care (who was most attentive in his care for our son, including his
regard to Marcus not feeling well).
From the specifics relating to Marcus’s care to simple courtesy such as making sure
my husband and I were comfortable or needed anything, each staff member made
us feel as if we were the only family at the hospital!
I understand that the nursing industry has to be one of the most difficult professional
situations to be in, and yet the staff we dealt with obviously loved their jobs and
were good at it. It was a wonderful balance of appropriate professionalism and yet
sincere kindness and courtesy.
Thank you for everything and for helping to make the best out of an unfortunate
situation. Knoxville, and anyone in this community who has a child, is fortunate to
have the availability of such a wonderful facility dedicated to children!
Dear Mr. Koppel:
My granddaughter, Caroline Winstel, was admitted to room 327 in your hospital
on October 2, 2003. I wanted you to know our impressions of your hospital.
All the staff from housekeeping and nursing to chaplains went above and beyond
the norm. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and well trained. You could tell
that all the staff enjoyed working there. All I had to do was to step outside the
door and someone immediately asked if I needed something. I was flabbergasted;
this is not the way hospitals are run these days. Everything is supposed to be the
bottom line and staff cutting, even non-profits.
Also details of tests and results were clearly explained to us and on a timely
basis. The staff seemed genuinely concerned for us. No one seemed to be in a
hurry, and your staffing ratio is incredible. I just wished I could say these things
about the hospital where I work.
Please tell your housekeeping department what a great job they are doing; the
decor was great, and the entire place was spotless.
Laraine B. Rush
Horse Shoe, N.C.
Editor’s note: This letter was written during the fall 2003 United Way campaign for the
employee newsletter at BWXT Y-12, LLC., the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak
Ridge. The Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center is a United Way agency.
A Personal Experience …
The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center is a United Way
organization that helps children who have problems with speech, fine motor skills and
gross motor skills. Children receive therapy there for issues ranging from mild speech
impediments to severe physical disabilities. Many of these children have numerous
health problems and disabilities.
My son was born with severe vision problems, hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain),
one small lung, and one completely deaf ear. After he was released from the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, he was evaluated by the East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center to determine if he would require additional
follow-up and/or therapy, and that is when our wonderful relationship with this
organization began. My baby’s vision problems and the four surgeries he had before he
was 6 months old, coupled with the two months he spent confined in his car seat to
recover from those surgeries, caused him to have delays in both his gross and fine motor
skills. Thanks to a lot of prayer from family and friends and the excellent physical
therapy and occupational therapy he received at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Rehabilitation Center, my son finally walked on his own for the first time when he
turned 2 years old.
I have left the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center either crying
for my son or crying for other children on numerous occasions. These kids struggle
tremendously to do tasks that we take for granted that children should be able to do.
These kids try so hard to meet their goals, and it is not easy for them. Sometimes it
causes them physical pain to use muscles that they do not normally use very often to
learn how to sit up, crawl or walk, and their tears will just break your heart. But there is
nothing that compares to the joy on their little faces when they finally accomplish one of
their goals and realize they actually can do it. I will always remember the physical
therapist who worked with my son. As he struggled, she would encourage him to say,
“I can do it …I can do it!”
The therapists who work at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation
Center are amazing people. They have tender hearts and an intense desire to help the
children in our community to succeed in doing tasks that other children are able to do.
If you are looking for a good organization to designate your United Way contribution
funds to, and you want to help children in the process, please consider designating the
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center (#211, Knox County) on your
United Way Donation.
Thanks for giving to the United Way and enabling children like mine to walk.
Plant Training Organization
• Severe headache
• Earache, fluid discharge from the ear or
sudden hearing loss
• Severe sore throat, especially with trouble
swallowing or speaking
• Vomiting for 12 hours or more
• Vomiting of blood
• Intense or unusual abdominal pain or a
swollen or abnormally large abdomen
• A sudden rash, crop of blotches or blisters,
especially over a large area of the body
Whenever your child has a symptom that
concerns you, you should not hesitate to call
your child’s pediatrician, even if the
symptom does not appear on this list.
• Uncontrollable crying for an abnormally
3 Months to 1 Year
• Temperature of 101 degrees in infants 3
to 6 months, or 104 degrees in children 6
months or older
• Child refuses to eat and misses several
• Unusual crankiness and irritability or
• Any blood in the stool
Infant to Adolescent
• High fever
• Chills and full-body shaking
• Extreme sleepiness or unexplained lethargy
• Unusual excitement or hysterical crying
• Sudden weakness or paralysis of any part
of the body
Nothing is more frightening to parents than thinking something might be wrong with their
child’s health. Parents can easily become overly cautious, calling their pediatrician every time they hear
their baby cough. But how do you know whether your child’s illness is minor or if you need to go to
your child’s pediatrician or to the hospital? Lise Christensen, M.D., emergency medical physician at
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, offers the following advice about when you should see your child’s
pediatrician and when you should go immediately to the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.
How do I know
when I should call
my childÕs pediatrician?
Q: How do I know when I should call my
A: There are certain signs and symptoms
to look for in your child that are definitely a
reason to call your pediatrician. Some typical
symptoms of illness differ depending on the
child’s age. You should call your pediatrician
immediately if your child has any of the
following symptoms listed in his or her age
Birth to 3 Months
• A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
• “Pink eye”
• Redness or tenderness around the navel area
• Vomiting that continues for more than
• Diarrhea that occurs more than eight
times a day
• Stops feeding normally
SarahSarahSarah brings this bear with her
on visits to Children’s Hospital
Specialty License Plates
The specialty license plate issued by the
state of Tennessee to recognize Children’s
Hospital is now available. Individuals who
purchased one of the plates in advance may
go to their county clerk’s office to receive their
new plate. Anyone who did not preorder one of
the plates may also purchase one at their county
clerk’s office at any time. Children’s Hospital
benefits from the sale of the specialty plates.
Prior to the Children’s Miracle Network
broadcast each year, teams of business
professionals work together to raise funds for
Children’s Hospital through the annual
Phonathon. During February and March,
callers contact donors from previous Children’s
Miracle Network telethons, thank them for
their past support and ask them to renew
their pledge in advance of this year’s telethon,
which is set for June 5 and 6. Last year’s
phonathon raised nearly $60,000. Prior to
being called, past donors will receive a reminder
postcard about the upcoming phonathon.
Star 102.1 Radiothon
Be sure to tune in to the third annual
Radiothon, sponsored by longtime Children’s
Hospital supporters Star 102.1 radio and the
Journal Broadcast Group. The Radiothon will
take place March 4 and 5 from 6 a.m. to 6
p.m. each day, live from West Town Mall and
live from the new Children’s Hospital
Rehabilitation Center each day from noon to
2 p.m. Marc and Kim, Star 102.1’s morning
team, will host the Radiothon and encourage
listeners to make a personal pledge to help
Children’s Hospital. Funds raised during the
event will help purchase supplies for the
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center and
Children’s Hospital Home Health Care.
Radiothon raised more than $260,000 in its
first two years.
A great way for your family, business or
church group to get involved in Radiothon is
to be a “Cash Cop for Kids,” which will help
kick off the event. A “Cash Cop” is an
individual who agrees to solicit donations for
Children’s Hospital from coworkers, friends
and families in the months prior to Radiothon.
Stay tuned to Star 102.1 for further details or
call the Children’s Hospital Development
Office at (865) 541-8567 to participate.
Hat Trick Weekend
A hat trick is one of hockey’s greatest feats
– three goals in one game. The Knoxville Ice
Bears’ Hat Trick Weekend March 12 and 14
hopes to fulfill an equally great
accomplishment to benefit the Oncology Clinic
at Children’s Hospital: to collect hundreds of
new hats for the oncology unit’s Hat Tree.
New hats are always needed for patients
whose chemo-therapy treatment frequently
results in hair loss. Hats must be new, and all
sizes and styles are needed, from caps with sports
emblems to “frilly” ones for girls. Hat Trick
Weekend will feature hockey games with pre-
game activities at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
“Cutest Little Baby Face” Contest
The 14th annual “Cutest Little Baby Face”
contest will offer two opportunities for
photographs on March 13 from 9 am. to 6
p.m. and March 14 from noon to 5 p.m.
Photographs will be taken at Belz Factory
Outlet World in Pigeon Forge. The contest,
which raised more than $12,000 last year, is
open to children ages 5 and younger.
Participants may preregister by completing a
registration form in the outlet mall’s Center
Court or by calling the Children’s Hospital
Development Department at (865) 541-8745.
The entry fee for preregistration is $5, and
registration at the event is $7. The fee
includes a choice of 5x7 portrait of the
participating child. Once all entry photographs
are taken, voting will take place March 26
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 27 from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. A $1 donation to Children’s
Hospital will count as 100 votes for a photo
of a favorite baby. The child with the most
votes will win and will be announced at the
“Baby Face Parade” which begins at 3:30 p.m.
on March 27.
When B97.5 morning radio personality
TK Townshend “cooks breakfast” for
Knoxville this year, the popular breakfast
event will be in a new location. TK will host
the ninth annual TK’s Breakfast for Children’s
Hospital on March 20 at the Knoxville
Convention Center from 9-11 a.m. Families
can enjoy music and entertainment during the
breakfast, as well as bid on and purchase
items at the live and silent auctions.
Knoxville’s own Jordan Hill is scheduled to
perform. Other performers for this year’s
event have not yet been confirmed, but past
performers include All-4-One, Jim Brickman
and Lee Greenwood.
Food City Family Race Night
March 24th hopes to see NASCAR fans
racing to Knoxville’s Civic Coliseum from 5-9
p.m. for a night of family fun. Activities include
autograph signing by NASCAR drivers, free
food sampling, show cars, simulators and
shopping for souvenirs. Tickets are $4 in
advance or $5 at the door. Children ages 12
and under are admitted free. Tickets may be
purchased at any Knoxville area Food City.
Million Coin March
The four Knoxville area stations of Citadel
Broadcasting Group will host the Million Coin
March beginning April 15 to benefit Children’s
Hospital. Personalities from the stations will
encourage listeners to visit drop-off sites to
donate their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters
and other coins to the hospital. Listen to the
stations – WIVK, NewsTalk, WOKI and WILD
— for more information on when and where to
drop off donations.
Children’s Hospital Invitational
The 21st annual Children’s Hospital Golf
Tournament to benefit the Oliver William
Hill, Jr., M.D., Pediatric Neurology Laboratory
will take place May 10 at Fox Den Country
Club. The tournament will feature morning
and afternoon rounds. In case of rain, the
event will be rescheduled for May 17. Special
thanks to Ruby Tuesday, the signature sponsor
of the tournament, for their ongoing support
of Children’s Hospital.
by Matt Rongey, student intern
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S T O B E N E F I T C H I L D R E N ’ S
Mark your calendars now for several upcoming events designed to entertain families and benefit Children‘s Hospital.
Thanks to the generous people of East Tennessee who host and participate in these events, Children’s Hospital
can continue to provide the best pediatric health care for all the children of this region.
DatestoRememberUpcoming events to benefit Children’s Hospital
Through March 11
Star 102.1 Radiothon
March 4 & 5
Hat Trick Weekend
March 12 & 14
Cutest Little Baby Face Contest — Photos
March 13 & 14
Food City Family Race Night
Cutest Little Baby Face Contest — Voting
March 26 & 27
Million Coin March
Begins April 15
Nancy Hayes Memorial Baseball Tournament
Children’s Hospital Invitational
Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast
June 5 & 6
For more information about any of these events,
call (865) 541-8441 or visit our Web site at
www.etch.com and click on “Coming Attractions.”
ÒSarah is one of the bravest
young ladies I have ever
known,Ó Cawood said.
ÒI really admire her.Ó
When 13-year-old Sarah Allison of
Oak Ridge spoke in front of officials at a
televised Knox County Commission meeting
on May 27, 2003, having butterflies in her
stomach was the least of her worries. In fact,
the reason 6th District County Commissioner
Mark Cawood invited Sarah to speak at the
meeting was to share her experience with
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which
refers to two chronic conditions: ulcerative
colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions
cause inflammation of the large intestine,
also called the colon, and can result in
severe abdominal pain and serious side
effects in the digestive tract.
ÒSarah is one of the bravest
young ladies I have ever
known,Ó Cawood said.
ÒI really admire her.Ó
When Sarah spoke, Knox County Mayor
Mike Ragsdale was so impressed with her
positive attitude, hard work and courage in
the face of her medical challenges that he
proclaimed that day as “Sarah Allison Day.”
Sarah had been having challenges with
abdominal pain and heartburn long before
she came to see Youhanna Al-Tawil, M.D.,
pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s
Hospital, on November 18, 2002. Sarah saw
Dr. Al-Tawil to be evaluated for possible
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),
meaning gastric content is brought from the
stomach into the esophagus. During Sarah’s
physical exam, Dr. Al-Tawil discovered
blood in her stool as well as many other
indicators that she was suffering from
something more serious than GERD. He told
Sarah and her mother, Janice, that there was
a possibility Sarah had ulcerative colitis or
Crohn’s disease. Both ulcerative colitis and
Crohn’s are inflammatory diseases of the
large intestine. Crohn’s disease, however, can
also affect any part of the gastrointestinal
tract, whereas ulcerative colitis usually only
affects the colon.
Sarah was admitted to Children’s Hospital
for evaluation including an endoscopy,
which showed serious inflammation in her
colon. Biopsies and several lab tests were
completed during the two weeks she spent in
the hospital, and these supported a diagnosis
of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
When Sarah went home, her treatment
plan included daily doses of several
medications. Drug treatment is the primary
method for alleviating symptoms of both
ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and
great progress is being made in the
development of medications for treating IBD.
Two categories of drugs may be prescribed:
anti-inflammatory drugs and
immunosuppressive agents, such as steroids,
to restrain the immune system from attacking
the body’s own tissues and causing further
inflammation. If a patient does not respond
to the medicine, surgery may be considered.
“Since ulcerative colitis only affects the
colon, it is a curable disease if the colon is
removed,” Dr. Al-Tawil explained. “But surgery
is not for everyone, and it is always best to see
ÒYour attitude can truly affect
how you feel,Ó Sarah said.
if medications can help before going that route.”
After Sarah was admitted to Children’s
Hospital for the second time on January 16,
her doctors increased her steroids, and she
was released after four days. Just a few days
later, on January 27, Sarah came back to
Children’s Hospital in “crisis mode,” as her
mother termed it. She was in extreme pain
and was bleeding uncontrollably.
The damage done by the disease made
removal of her colon, rectum and appendix
necessary. The surgery, which took place at
Children’s Hospital on February 10, 2003,
was such a long process, it had to be
coordinated and performed by two of the
hospital’s pediatric surgeons. “Gus” Papadakis,
M.D., and David Schindel, M.D., performed
the surgery using specially-designed
instruments and a camera placed through
small incisions to reduce scarring and
shorten Sarah’s recovery time.
It was the first time this particular surgery,
a laparoscopic colectomy, was performed in
East Tennessee, but that did not scare Sarah.
In fact, Janice said Sarah was laughing on the
way to surgery. After 14 hours of surgery
and several hours of recovery, Sarah awoke
with a contagious confidence that she was
going to feel better soon.
ÒYour attitude can truly affect
how you feel,Ó Sarah said.
Sarah has applied this to all aspects of her
life. She always remains positive, whether
in the hospital (almost 90 days in Children’s
Hospital over the past year) or at school
(maintaining a 3.9 GPA at Karns Middle
School during the time she was in and out of
the hospital and maintaining a 4.0 so far this
Dr. Al-Tawil is especially appreciative of
Sarah’s outlook because treating the
underlying problems caused by IBD, such
as emotional stress, is just as important as
any other treatment. The emotional damage
created by the disease can be nearly as
destructive and devastating as the physical
damage. Learning to deal with the disease
can be overwhelming for adults, but it is
especially difficult for children, adolescents
and young adults, he said.
Sarah learned many distraction and
visualization techniques to help her deal with
the roller coaster of physical and emotional
feelings she experienced, but she also used
her strong sense of humor. She nicknamed
her colon “Rotten Roger,” so she could
focus any anger she felt on the disease and
Sarah also has a solid support group to
help her cope with various aspects of the
disease including her mom, dad (Brad), sister
(Amanda Rogers), other family, friends,
members of her church, teachers and many
staff at Children’s Hospital.
Knowing how this kind of support can
help or hurt someone with IBD, Sarah and
her mother are working with Linda Smithson,
Surgical Services Clinical Nurse Specialist, to
start a support group at Children’s Hospital
for other IBD patients and their families.
Sarah and her mom are also writing a book
together titled “Rotten Roger, A Good Colon
Gone Bad: A Teenager’s Story of Crohn’s
In addition, Janice serves as a Children’s
Hospital Parent Adviser. As “experts” in
caring for their children, the role of Parent
Advisers is to inform Children’s Hospital
staff how the hospital experience could be
improved for patients and their families
through a variety of venues (see article about
Child-Family Centered Care on page 8).
“They are caring people who want to
help the community,” Dr. Al-Tawil said.
“What they are doing is wonderful because
it enhances public understanding of a disease
that many times goes unrecognized.”
Sarah has made tremendous progress
over the last year. She has regained most of
the weight she lost post-surgery (which was
about 30 lbs.). When Drs. Papadakis and
Schindel removed Sarah’s colon, they also
did a procedure called ileoanal reservoir. An
ileoanal reservoir (or J-pouch) is an internal
pouch formed from the small intestine that
provides a storage place for stool in the
absence of the colon. A temporary ileostomy,
a surgically-created passage through the skin
of the abdomen into the lowest part of the
small intestine, is also made. This temporary
ileostomy diverts the stool into a bag worn
on the abdomen, protecting the pouch
while it heals.
Approximately four to six months after
the first surgery, if an X-ray of the pouch
shows it has healed, then a second surgery
to remove the ileostomy is scheduled. The
pouch now becomes functional so that waste
passes into the pouch, where it is stored
until a bowel movement occurs.
Sarah had her ileostomy removed in
August, and although the pouch generally
takes up to one year to fully adapt, Sarah
has been functioning well and will continue
to improve over time.
About one million Americans have IBD,
but Sarah is “one in a million” in more ways
than that. Not many people have a day
named for them, but not many people are as
inspiring as Sarah either. “Sarah is the kind
of person who renews your appreciation for
the little things in life,” Dr. Al-Tawil said.
“She will do great things with her life.”
by Katie Harvey,
Sarah and her best friend, Amanda Fritschie.
These four words are much
more than a simple slogan at
Children's Hospital. For over six
decades, these four words have served as
the guiding light for decisions small and
large. They are important to the physician
and the office worker. They influence the
work of the Board Member and the billing
clerk. These four words light the way for
nurses, social workers, respiratory
therapists, food service workers, chaplains,
housekeepers, administrators, dietitians and
x-ray technicians; they permeate every
aspect of our operations.
The caring, compassionate philosophy
reflected in these four words has inspired
thousands of community leaders, physicians
and employees to spend decades of
volunteer time, donate millions of dollars
and devote entire careers to the task of
building the hospital where children made
more than 130,000 visits last year.
Yet there is so much more to be done.
As our area grows and prospers, there are
more and more children in need of care.
In December 2003, our Emergency
Department set a new record with 326
patient visits in a single day. This one
statistic is representative of many that reflect
large increases in the number of children
coming to Children's Hospital for care.
With the hospital's original Open Door
policy dating to 1937 still in effect, gifts are
more important than ever. One of the many
ways you can help Children's Hospital
enhance its mission of care is by a gift of
securities. Gifts of securities can provide
financial benefits to the contributor as well
as to the children we are privileged to serve.
When you give securities that you have
owned for at least one year and that have
increased in value, you may be entitled to
an income tax deduction for the full market
ÒBecause Children Are Special...Ó
in your estate plans.
Join the ABC Club.
For more information,
call (865) 541-8441.
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value of the stock. Most donors pay little or
no capital gains tax on the appreciation.
Also, securities gifts are flexible; you can
give all of your shares or donate any portion
You can give securities outright or
through a trust. When using appreciated
securities you have owned for at least one
year to fund a charitable trust, you can:
• further enhance health care available to
• receive an income for life,
• bypass 100 percent of capital gains tax,
• most likely receive a charitable income tax
• leave a legacy of support that can help many
Please consult with your tax advisors to
determine how such a gift might affect your
personal tax situation.
There may be advantages available to
you if you donate closely held securities or
use other charitable planning techniques
that benefit the donor as well as Children’s
Hospital. We are pleased to work with you
and your financial advisors to find the
techniques that are most suitable for you,
and all information is held in the strictest
confidence. Please call David Rule, Director
of Development, or Teresa Goddard,
CFRE, Senior Development Officier,
at (865) 541-8441 or mail the form
below in the attached envelope.
Why Pediatrics? I’ve known that I wanted
to become a pediatrician since seventh grade.
I am always inspired by the enthusiasm,
innocence and honesty of children.
Greatest Influence – My greatest
influences personally and professionally
have been my family, faith and all the
wonderful children and families whom I have
had the privilege to meet over the years.
Philosophy – Preventive medicine and
teaching are as integral to the practice of
pediatrics as the acute care of the ill child.
My goal is to have parents understand and
feel comfortable with the care their child
Proudest Moment as a Pediatrician –
My proudest moments are when I am able
to calm a sick child and reassure the
Kathy Holloway, M.D.
Age – 37
Husband – Brian Holloway, M.D.
Children –Emily (age 8) and Matthew (age 6)
Name of Pediatric Practice –
Knoxville Pediatric Associates
Personal Interests – My family and their
activities, cooking, tennis and reading
Academic Background/Prior Experience
B.S. – Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., 1988
M.D. – Temple University School of
Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1992
Internship – Children’s Hospital Medical
Center of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1992-93
Residency – Children’s Hospital Medical
Center of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1993-95
Other – Treated patients in the Children’s
Hospital Emergency Department’s ED-2 for
three years prior to joining KPA
Why Pediatrics? Pediatrics is the best job
in the world. Children love to laugh, and in
pediatrics, you can have fun while providing
children with medical care.
Greatest Influence – God
Philosophy – To provide quality medical
care and to be a positive influence in the
lives of children and their families.
Pediatrics is more than just a job; it is a
unique opportunity to make a difference in
the life of a child.
Proudest Moment as a Pediatrician –
The day-to-day moments make pediatrics
special. A laugh, a hug or a smile from a
child makes me proud to be a pediatrician
Jill McDowell, M.D.
Age – 37
Husband – Mark Newsome
Name of Pediatric Practice – Boys & Girls
Pediatrics, Asheville Highway and Sevierville
Personal Interests – Church, golf, reading
Academic Background/Prior Experience
B.S.–University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1989
M.D.–University of Tennessee, Memphis, 1994
Internship – University of Tennessee
Medical Center, Knoxville, 1994-95
Residency – University of Tennessee
Medical Center, Knoxville, 1995-97
A childhood dream becomes a rewarding reality
“Pediatrics is the best job in the world.”
With much excitement and anticipation,
the staff of the Children’s Hospital
Rehabilitation Center is busily preparing to
move into its new facility on Friday,
February 20. The center has already received
all required state approvals, so plans are for
the center to open in its new location on
Monday, February 23.
The new building is located on the
Children’s West campus at Pellissippi
Parkway and Westland Drive, next to the
Children’s West Surgery Center that opened
in spring 2003.
The new center, which is relocating
from its present site on Gleason Road, has
about 22,500 square feet all on one level in
an updated facility. The new facility offers
expanded space for all the Rehab Center’s
services. It also features a large, fully accessible,
therapeutic playground, pictured above.
It provides handicapped-accessible
opportunities for children to build skills in
independent movement with wheelchairs,
crutches and walkers, practice upper-body
strength building, develop balance and
movement confidence, and build social and
behavioral skills through play with other
While work is winding down for the
time being on the Children’s West campus,
major construction continues on the main
Children’s Hospital campus. Good progress
is being made toward completion of the
115,000-square-foot, seven-story patient
tower being added to the hospital at the
corner of Clinch Avenue and 20th Street.
While unpredictable weather is always a
factor in construction, here is an update on
what has been completed and what is
planned for the next few months:
• The tower’s steel structure is “topped out”
and will soon be under roof.
• Work has begun to create rooms on the
lower levels of the new tower.
• Utility work on the lowest level of the
tower is underway, and work on the new
cafeteria will begin as soon as this is
• Work is continuing on the south side of the
hospital for the installation of new heating
and air-conditioning units on the 2nd, 3rd
and 4th floors. The units should be
delivered and installed soon, and then
this space will be enclosed.
• Renovation of about 90,000 square feet of
existing hospital space is scheduled to
begin in the latter part of 2004.
This work will include upgrading of all
semi-private inpatient rooms with half baths
to private rooms with full baths.
The $31.8 million expansion and
renovation of Children’s Hospital will
ultimately allow for more space and
comfort for patients and families. Features
will include 95 private patient rooms with
full baths, an expanded 13-bed Pediatric
added to staff
Children’s Hospital is pleased
to welcome the expertise of
the following new medical staff
members who have joined
our staff in recent months:
Frank Castro, M.D., orthopedics
Frances Craig, M.D.,
pediatrics and emergency medicine
Lisa Herron, M.D., pediatrics
John J. McGraw, M.D., orthopedics.
Intensive Care Unit and an expanded 44-
bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The
hospital’s licensed beds will increase from
122 to 152, and a larger Emergency
Department will see an increase from 18 to
34 beds. In addition, the Surgery and
Radiology Departments will be expanded,
and more space will allow additional room
for a larger cafeteria, support services, staff
Rehab Center moving day has arrived
New therapeutic playground at
the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
The Children’s Hospital
Rehabilitation Center will host an
open house at the new center on
Monday, April 12, from 4-7 p.m.
The public is invited to attend
Long-time Children’s Hospital volunteer
Nancy Flynn of Knoxville has been named
president of the Tennessee Hospital
Association’s Council on Volunteers.
She began her term in mid-October at the
Tennessee Hospital Association (THA)
annual meeting in Nashville and will lead
the organization for a two-year term
Flynn has served on the Council of
Volunteers board since 1997, also serving as
regional chairperson and assistant regional
The THA Council on Volunteers is
composed of volunteer and auxiliary
organizations from member health care
institutions throughout the state of Tennessee.
The council’s goals and responsibilities
include encouraging and assisting volunteer
leaders and members across the state to
stimulate volunteerism, advocacy and activity;
to provide guidance and educational
opportunities through programs, publications
and direct contact; support THA’s mission by
strengthening the participation of volunteers
in health care facilities’ efforts to provide
quality patient care; and effective government
and community relations.
Flynn’s volunteer involvement at
Children’s Hospital began in February 1987,
and she has volunteered nearly 16,000
hours of service at the hospital during the
past 16 years. She has served on the
Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Board since
1990, holding the office of vice president in
1993-94 and president in 1994-95, and she
also served on the Children’s Hospital Board
of Directors in 1994-95.
In addition, Flynn has volunteered with
the Fantasy of Trees holiday event to benefit
Children’s Hospital each of the past 16
years and served as the event’s co-chair in
1991-92. She also volunteers at the
Children’s Miracle Network Telethon and
Children’s Hospital Invitational Golf
Tournament each spring. Flynn has been
honored for her volunteer service at
Children’s Hospital with both the 24-Karat
Award for enthusiasm in 1993 and the
Anne Regas Award for leadership in 1995.
A native of Harriman, Flynn and her
husband Bob have two sons and four
Flynn is the second Children’s Hospital
volunteer to hold this leadership position
within the THA Council on Volunteers;
volunteer Peg Parker served as president of
the organization in the early 1980s.
“Nancy Flynn’s commitment and
volunteer service to Children’s Hospital is
exemplary,” said Bob Koppel, President of
Children’s Hospital. “She is representative
of the hundreds of caring volunteers who
assist our health care facility in providing
the very best of care to our patients and
families. All of us at Children’s Hospital
applaud her as she assumes this statewide
leadership role with THA.”
Volunteer named to state office
Children’s Hospital has a new publication!
Children’s E-News debuted in October with the first mailing to
Children’s E-News is a free, text-only e-mail newsletter that is
sent once a month. It includes timely information from the hospital
as well as links to various pages on the Children’s Hospital Web site,
www.etch.com. Newsletter topics include health articles for parents,
kids and teens from KidsHealth and Children’s Hospital; information
about upcoming hospital events and fund-raisers; and “virtual visits”
that help parents and kids learn about typical visits to the hospital.
The next issue will be e-mailed in March, and it will include such
topics as ear infections, information for kids about cerebral palsy,
information for teens about asthma, what happens in the Emergency
Department during a typical visit, and the Cutest Little Baby Face
If you would like to subscribe to Children’s E-News, visit the
hospital’s Web site at www.etch.com, scroll to the bottom of the home
page and fill out the Comment Form. Be sure to give your e-mail
address and check the box to be added to our e-mail list.
In its second year at the
Knoxville Convention Center,
the Fantasy of Trees brought
a musical mood to the
holiday season for 51,462
guests. Highlighting the theme
“Fa La La La La ... Let the
Holidays Begin,” the show
featured a magical forest of
hundreds of beautifully
decorated trees and other
designer items, continuous
activities, decorating and style
demonstrations, and many
The proceeds from this year’s show –
estimated at about $300,000 – will fund
the purchase of new and replacement
equipment for the larger space and
expanded services at the new Children’s
Hospital Rehabilitation Center scheduled to
open in February.
The real stars of the 2003 Fantasy of
Trees were the 9,831 volunteers who donated
in excess of 116,000 hours to make this
year’s event such a success. Children’s
Hospital extends its thanks to all volunteers
and visitors to the 2003 show.
The Fantasy of Trees has raised more
than $3.3 million for Children’s Hospital
since its inception in 1985.
2003 Fantasy of Trees
welcomes holidays in musical style
Hospital debuts e-newsletter
than to receive.”
One group of special-needs adults in
Knoxville is giving back to the Children’s
Hospital Rehabilitation Center, a place
where some of the group’s members
received great care as children.
The Helping Hands Ministry of First
Baptist Concord is a day program for women
ages 21-29 with special needs. There are
currently five women enrolled in the
ministry: Elizabeth Adams, Jenny Bopp,
Michael Kelly, Heather McGuire and DeDe
Owen. These young women, under the
direction of Marilyn Bopp (Jenny’s mother),
do various jobs and tasks for First Baptist
Concord and other churches and businesses
in the community, including the Children’s
Hospital Rehab Center.
“One of the best things about this
program is seeing how their faces light up
with enjoyment and satisfaction when they
feel like they are accomplishing something,”
Marilyn Bopp said. “They get a great sense
of fulfillment from serving others.”
The young women volunteer at the
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center
every Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5p.m.
Working with Carleasha McKinney, a Rehab
Center aide, they clean toys and equipment
and prepare different rooms for therapy
sessions. Many may perceive the work they do
as mundane, but these women perform the
tasks with enjoyment and enthusiasm.
For Owen, McGuire and Jenny Bopp,
volunteering at the Rehabilitation Center is
even more significant, because they were
once patients there.
“Of course, it’s great to have the help,”
said Anne Woodle, Director of the Rehab
Center. “But the best part is seeing these
young women help others as they’ve been
helped in the past.”
Marilyn Bopp said the women enjoy
being around the children at the Rehab
Center, because it gives them an appreciation
for how far they have come. On the other
side, Woodle said it’s inspiring for the Rehab
Center’s children to see these young women
“It is a positive experience
for everyone involved,”
“These young women are
doing a tremendous job.”
Very special volunteers give backby Katie Harvey, publications specialist
You often hear the familiar adage,
“It’s better to give...
De De Owen Jenny Bopp Heather McGuire with Carleasha McKinney
Carleasha McKinney, Michael Kelly and Elizabeth Adams
You often hear the familiar adage,
“It’s better to give...
At Children’s Hospital, child-family
centered care is more than a way of thinking;
it is a way of doing.
Child-family centered care is an approach
to pediatric health care that focuses on the
family as a child’s primary source of
strength and support. Since the initiative to
formally adopt a child-family centered care
approach began, Children’s Hospital has
achieved and exceeded many of its goals for
improving the provision of this philosophy.
The hospital’s core documents – the
Mission Statement and the Goals Statement
– have been revised to include the concept
of child-family centered care. Also, several
clinical and non-clinical hospital
departments have self-assessed their child-
family centered care efforts and developed
and implemented ways to make their
services more child- and family-friendly.
A few examples:
Business Office – Because parents often
bring their children with them when they
visit the Business Office, the staff decided it
would be helpful to have a play area for
children in the office. The new play area
gives children a place to have fun and offers
parents a way to handle their business
without the stress of entertaining their child.
This small step supports the child-family
centered goal of making the entire hospital
a setting where families are placed first.
Food and Nutrition Services – In response
to requests, the Food and Nutrition Services
Department found an easy way to further
involve parents in the care of babies who
do not yet eat table food. Because parents
know best what their child likes and dislikes,
Food and Nutrition Services prepared a
baby food menu that allows parents to select
from a variety of baby foods to be delivered
to the child at mealtime. Previously, parents
had no choice in what baby foods were sent
to their child. The menus are approved by
the hospital’s clinical dietitians and the
Second and Third Floor nursing staff.
Inpatient Floors – Parents often have
many questions during their child’s stay,
and it is not always easy to remember all
the questions, especially during a lengthy
stay. The staff on Children’s Hospital’s two
inpatient floors saw this need and met it in
a manner that strengthens child-family
centered care. A notepad was designed for
daily use in the hospital, offering parents a
convenient place to record questions for the
patient’s caregivers. It also offers a place to
keep track of names of the patient’s
physicians, nurses and other helpers each
day. The notepads increase the interaction
between the child and family about the
child’s care, because the child can also use
it to record his or her own questions.
Chronic care – Children’s Hospital often
serves children with chronic medical
conditions that require continuous care at
home and frequent hospital visits. Parents
of these children receive a significant
amount of educational and instructional
information, and the clinical care teams
have seen an increasing need for consolidating
all the information into a more child- and
family-friendly format. The Children’s
Hospital staff who are a part of the clinical
care teams have developed and are testing a
parent notebook that helps the family keep
track of vital information, such as lab results,
discharge instructions, important phone
numbers, community resources and more.
Some of these successes may seem small,
but every detail makes a difference when it
improves the hospital experience for patients
“We are always looking for ways to
move forward on the continuum of child-
family centered care,” said Laura Barnes,
Nursing Director for Critical Care Services
and coordinator of the hospital’s child-
family centered care initiative. “We
especially want to focus on parents as our
partners in the care of their children.”
The next important aspect of child-
family centered care is being accomplished
through the new Children’s Hospital Parent
Advisers. As parents whose children have
been patients at Children’s Hospital, the
Parent Advisers have an informed view of
the hospital’s policies, programs and
practices. The role of a Parent Adviser is to
offer “professional parenting” opinions of
how Children’s Hospital might improve
child-family centered care in all areas.
“When it comes to caring for their
children, parents are the ‘experts,’ not the
health care provider,” Barnes said. “They are
the constant in the child’s life, and we have
to rely on them to provide the best care
Specific areas Parent Advisers may
choose to work in include:
• Serving as a member of a Children’s
Hospital committee or task force, such as
the Parent Education Committee
• Telling the story of their Children’s Hospital
experience during the hospital’s General
Orientation training for new employees
and at other programs for employees and
• Serving as mentors for other patient families
• Reviewing hospital audiovisual and written
materials to give a parent’s perspective
• Participating in needs assessments in
• Serving as parent advocates for Children’s
Hospital in a variety of situations
• Participating in focus groups
• Participating in fund-raising events to
discuss the benefits of Children’s Hospital
from a parent’s perspective
The Children’s Hospital Parent Advisers
represent a range of professions and racial,
ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Their experiences at Children’s Hospital are
also distinctly different, from repeated
hospitalizations with a chronically ill child
to bringing a generally healthy child to the
Emergency Department for care. As a
group, they are familiar with virtually every
service the hospital offers.
During the first Parent Adviser meeting
in October, the group shared insights from
their different perspectives with enthusiasm
and eagerness to effect change. The one
thing they all have in common is their
willingness to work with Children’s
Hospital to explain how the hospital can
better work with families.
“What we are trying to change is the
subtle difference between saying, ‘We take
care of the child and the family’ to ‘We
work together with the family to take care of
the child,’” Barnes said.
by Katie Harvey,
Seventy-five grants were awarded
statewide. The funds came from Tennessee’s
$5.6 million share of a settlement with 23
states and various groups that brought
lawsuits against major vitamin companies
accused of price-fixing. Of the seventeen
grants totaling more than $1.2 million
awarded to Knox County-based
organizations, the hospital received one of
The program, “Prescription for Healthy
Kids,” was created by Kathy Mount, Director
of Food and Nutrition Services at Children’s
Hospital, and Anne Woodle, Director of the
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center.
In planning the program, Mount and Woodle
addressed issues important to children with
varied nutritional needs. The three
components of the program (see sidebar)
are individually important in making the
most of the grant’s provisions.
“This program will have a broad scope
by providing knowledge and materials to
pediatric health care professionals throughout
the region,” Woodle said. “By educating
people and providing them with resources,
you are doing something that changes
The budget and timeline for the project
were finalized in October, and the three-year
project began in January.
In March, Mount will send selected
Children’s Hospital staff to a conference
sponsored by the American Dietetic
Association in Chicago. The program will
offer a certificate of training in childhood
and adolescent weight management. Other
training opportunities also will be offered to
staff. Mount will also select the method,
such as a conference, to provide education
to area physicians and other pediatric
health care professionals.
“We will first provide our staff with
intensive training,” Mount said. “But we
also are looking forward to working with
pediatricians in private practice.”
Currently, Mount and Woodle are
developing the project evaluation component.
They will share in-house quarterly reports
on how many children the program has
served and how much money has been
spent. New information about “Prescription
for Healthy Kids” will be provided in
upcoming issues of It’s About Children as
the program progresses.
“The incremental steps of this program
can result in an incredible impact on the
nutrition and health of thousands of
children,” Woodle said.
Child-family centered care is everywhere at Children’s Hospital
PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS
PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS is a
medical nutrition therapy project to improve
nutrition and health for East Tennessee’s
children. Objectives are:
• To promote healing and support to children
with specific nutritional needs.
• To foster the normal growth and
development of children.
• To educate families, caregivers and health
professionals in the best ways to provide
PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS will
serve typically developing children, those
whose health is threatened due to lack of
proper nutrition, and those whose serious
medical conditions are made worse by
weight problems and lack of physical
activity. The project has three components:
Prescription: Fitness Therapy
PRESCRIPTION: FEEDING will expand
services for children with medical feeding
problems that prevent adequate nutrition.
These children may have conditions such as
cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, failure to
thrive, genetic and metabolic disorders and
reactive airway disease. The expanded
services will include specialized training for
speech pathologists, updated diagnostic
equipment and expanded training for parents.
PRESCRIPTION: FITNESS THERAPY will
focus on children with medical conditions
that are made worse by weight problems,
such as diabetes and cardiac and respiratory
disease. The program will include physical
conditioning, strengthening and endurance
training and a family education component
to establish healthy diets and eating habits.
PRESCRIPTION: EDUCATION will increase
the ability of physicians and other pediatric
health care professionals to address the
nutritional needs of their patients.
Children’s Hospital’s ability to manage
increasing numbers of children with serious
medical conditions affected by nutrition
problems will be improved, and specialists
at Children’s Hospital will provide training
to assist pediatric specialists throughout
East Tennessee to address patients’
by Katie Harvey,
for Healthy Kids
In May 2003,Children’s Hospital was awarded
a $250,000 grant for a program aimed at improving
the health and nutrition of children throughout East Tennessee.
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