Board of Directors
James S. Bush
Dennis Ragsdale
Vice Chairman
Michael Crabtree
Debbie Chri...
“Holiday Cheer Down South” will be
the festive theme for this year’s 23rd
annual Fantasy of Trees.
Co-chairs Stephanie J...
It was Thanksgiving 2004. All the leftovers
had been put away and the dishes were done.
In the middle of the night, Meliss...
their father said. “There was a certain sense
of security when they were in the NICU,
surrounded by all the amazing nurs...
For nearly half of our 70-year history, East
Tennessee Children’s Hospital has been led by the
same individual.
In June, a...
Bob Goodfriend, former member
of the Board of Directors and longtime
hospital donor
“Bob’s legacy is to put East Tenness...
Forget the “lazy days” of
summer – It’s camp time!
Summertime is just around the corner. This means
longer days, sunny w...
During the 2007 Volunteer Awards
presentation at the Knoxville Convention Center
in April, 89 Children’s Hospital volunt...
There is no such thing as a “typical” day in a hospital.
Day in and day out, patients enter our doors for care,
but eac...
In the fall of 2003, Children’s Hospital and
WBIR-TV began a program to recognize children
from throughout East Tenness...
Estate Planning...
Choosing a Qualified Personal Representative
Children’s Hospital
in your estate plans.
Join ...
“Southern Living”
Showcase House
From May 14-27, Children’s Hospital will
benefit fr...
A phone call.
Sunglasses left in the car.
The door bell.
An open back yard gate.
All of these are seemingly normal occu...
won’t need to leave the pool unattended to
answer any phone calls. Also consider keeping
rescue equipment such as a shephe...
The classic rock and roll group Three Dog Night performed at the 15th
annual Center Stage concert to benefit Children’s Ho...
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  1. 1. & Board of Directors James S. Bush Chairman Dennis Ragsdale Vice Chairman Michael Crabtree Secretary/Treasurer Debbie Christiansen, M.D. Dawn Ford Steven Harb Lewis Harris, M.D. Jeffory Jennings, M.D. Bob Koppel A. David Martin Dugan McLaughlin Christopher Miller, M.D. Alvin Nance Steve South Bill Terry, M.D. Laurens Tullock Danni Varlan Medical Staff David Nickels, M.D. Chief of Staff John Buchheit, M.D. Vice Chief of Staff John Little, M.D. Secretary Chiefs of Services Jeanann Pardue, M.D. Chief of Medicine Mark Cramolini, M.D. Chief of Surgery Administration Bob Koppel President Laura Barnes, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.A.A.,B.C. Vice President for Patient Care Paul Bates Vice President for Human Resources Joe Childs, M.D. Vice President for Medical Services Rudy McKinley Vice President for Operations Jim Pruitt Vice President for Finance 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 70 years and is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. Ellen Liston Director of Community Relations David Rule Director of Development Wendy Hames Editor Neil Crosby Cover/Contributing Photographer “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 adults.” ...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 www.etch.com 2 On the cover: Children's Hospital President and CEO Bob Koppel retires at the end of June; read more about him on pages 6-7. He is pictured here with (from left) Jonathan Lawless, Children's Hospital patient and son of Children's Hospital PICU employee Olivia Lawless; Riley Thomas (behind Koppel), grandson of longtime Children's Hospital supporter Bill Williams of WBIR-TV Channel 10; Presley Ford (in Koppel's lap), granddaughter of Dawn Ford, member of the Children's Hospital Board of Directors; Rachel Yen, daughter of Deanna Yen, M.D., local pediatrician on staff at Children's Hospital; and twins Cheri-Rose and Lena-Belle Smith, Children's Hospital NICU "graduates" and daughters of Children's Hospital Home Health Care employee Kathy Smith. In each issue of It’s About Children, we highlight some of our former patients who have overcome medical challenges. To submit your story for future use, write to: Wendy Hames, Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 15010, Knoxville,TN 37901-5010. Bill Capshaw In 1963, 13-year-old William “Bill” Capshaw was playing in his back yard, doing the high jump. While doing so, he injured his pelvic bone. Capshaw was sent to the “Crippled Children’s Hospital” (a former name for what is now East Tennessee Children’s Hospital), where he required surgery to repair the injury. Capshaw said three different doctors performed the surgery, which involved placing three pins in his hip to fix the problem. Children’s Hospital really made a difference in his life, Capshaw said, adding that all of the nurses and doctors were “just wonderful.” One nurse in particular would bring him milk and lemonade when he wanted it. Today, Capshaw is an employee at Bechtel Jacobs Company, LLC (a U.S. Department of Energy contractor) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He is also an accomplished artist – he holds a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics and a master of fine arts in printing processes. He teaches pottery and the raku process at the Oak Ridge Arts Center and sells his The Children’s Hospital specialty license plate is in danger of being abolished by the state due to low numbers of purchasers. The minimum number to maintain a specialty plate formerly was 500 license plates, but the state increased the minimum in 2005 to 1,000. At this time, only 800 Children’s Hospital plates are registered. Children’s Hospital must reach and maintain at least 1,000 active registrations (plates) by July 1, 2007, or our plate will be abolished. If this happens, the hospital will have to wait three years before it can pursue another specialty plate through a very lengthy process. If you have purchased one of the plates, we hope you’ll renew the plate when it comes due. This is an easy way to help Children’s Hospital on an ongoing basis. If you have been thinking about purchasing the hospital plate, there has never been a better time. The plate is available continuously through each County Clerk’s office, and the cost of the plate is $35 in addition to each county’s renewal fee. Fifty percent of the revenue generated from the specialty plates directly benefits Children’s Hospital. If you have any questions about the specialty Children’s Hospital license plate, contact your local County Clerk’s office or the Children’s Hospital Development Department at ( 865) 541-8441. work exclusively at the Liz-Beth & Co. Gallery off Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville. by Jessica Chambers, Guest Relations Representative NOWthen IT’S TIME to buy a Children’s Hospital license plate!
  2. 2. 3 “Holiday Cheer Down South” will be the festive theme for this year’s 23rd annual Fantasy of Trees. Co-chairs Stephanie Jeffreys and Sarah Beth Carlon and assistant co-chair Sarah Munsey are busy planning this year’s event, set for November 21-25 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Thousands of volunteers will contribute more than 150,000 hours of their time throughout 2007 to make this year’s Fantasy of Trees a reality for families in East Tennessee. This year’s event will be highlighted with decorations and designs that celebrate the many traditions found throughout the South during the holiday season. These southern traditions will include everything from a traditional Appalachian Christmas and a Big Orange “Vol-iday” in East Tennessee to merry magnolias and mountains, sand and Santa, jingle bells and big city shopping sparkle. Families will also enjoy hundreds of sparkling designer-decorated trees, a variety of festive decorations, children’s activities and holiday gift shops with unique items for everyone on your Christmas list. Special events include a Babes in Toyland parade, a Nightly Tree Lighting event, Kris Kringle’s Kiddie Party and an activity just for seniors: Santa’s Senior Stroll. All proceeds from this year’s Fantasy of Trees will be used to purchase state-of-the- art medical equipment. The 2006 Fantasy of Trees raised the most money in its 22-year history - $323,100. The proceeds from last year’s event purchased equipment for a new surgery suite at Children’s Hospital. For more information about the 2007 Fantasy of Trees, contact the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services and Resources Department at (865) 541-8385 or send an e-mail to fot@etch.com by Bethany Swann, student intern CarePages service helps families stay in touchChildren’s Hospital continues to offer an innovative service for the families it serves who have children with chronic or serious illnesses and injuries. Called CarePages, the Internet- based communications system offers an opportunity for families to create simple web pages about a sick or injured relative who is a patient at Children’s Hospital. CarePages offers patient web pages that deliver emotional support to Children’s Hospital patients and families by making it easy for them to stay in touch during a hospital stay or any time the child is receiving medical care. The service provides patient families with an easier way to update relatives and friends without the need for repeated phone calls or e-mails. CarePages also makes it possible for relatives and friends to send messages of encouragement, giving the patient and family much needed emotional support. A patient’s CarePage can be updated as often as the family chooses, and guests to the page can see the updates about the patient any time they access the family’s web page. CarePages also makes it possible for families to help the hospital in return. Through CarePages, patients and families can recognize staff members who have provided superior levels of care. Children’s Hospital’s CarePages can be accessed through computers in the hospital’s Family Resource Center, in a patient family’s home or from any computer by visiting www.etch.com. CarePages are password-protected, secure and in compliance with all patient privacy regulations. The service is offered free to Children’s Hospital patient families, thanks to funds raised by the annual Star 102.1 Radiothon. BulletinBoard V Fantasy of Trees names co-chairs, sets theme V V 2007 Fantasy of Trees co-chairs: Sarah Beth Carlon (left) and Stephanie Jeffreys (right) and assistant co-chair Sarah Munsey Shoney’s to host KidCare ID events in August Shoney’s Restaurants of Knoxville’s 13th annual KidCare Photo ID events will take place in the Greater Knoxville area this summer, in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The events provide free KidCare IDs for children, which enable parents to have information readily available for authorities in the event their child is ever reported missing. The IDs include a color photograph; fingerprints; important information such as height, weight and date of birth; a medical profile; the “Seven Rules for Safety” brochure; and a 24-hour NCMEC hotline number. The 2007 KidCare event locations and dates are: Knoxville Center Mall, Knoxville — Friday, August 17, noon to 6 p.m. West Town Mall, Knoxville — Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foothills Mall, Maryville — Sunday, August 19, noon to 6 p.m. V
  3. 3. It was Thanksgiving 2004. All the leftovers had been put away and the dishes were done. In the middle of the night, Melissa Bishop woke up to a strange feeling; she was having contractions. While this is an anticipated feeling for a mom-to-be, it was only November 26 and Melissa’s due date was February 20, 2005, almost a full 3 months later. By the time Melissa and her husband, Eric, arrived at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, she had dilated three centimeters and was progressing quickly. “I feel a foot,” said the attending physician. Both babies were breach but intent on being born. “I felt so many emotions at that point. I felt scared, unsure, everything all at once and all too soon,” Melissa said. Although the doctors attempted to stop the labor, Melissa was fully dilated by 11 a.m. At 11:40 a.m. and 11:41 a.m., Arlo Alan Bishop and Rowan Edward Bishop were born. The boys were quickly taken to the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Weighing 2 pounds, 3.5 ounces and 1 pound, 15 ounces respectively, the twins began their journey. With a history of twins in both Melissa’s and Eric’s families, it was not a surprise that they would welcome two babies instead of one. Everything beyond that was unexpected. Melissa had experienced a little spot bleeding at 12 weeks but otherwise had a relatively normal pregnancy up to this point. “Had I done something wrong? What did we do or not do to have this happen? These were questions that went through our heads,” she said. Medical reports later showed Rowan had developed an infection in the membrane surrounding the placenta, and that forced the premature labor. Once at Children’s Hospital, Arlo and Rowan underwent a number of tests and procedures including cranial ultrasounds, phototherapy for hyperbilirubenemia (jaundice) and surgery for patent ductus arteriosus. This surgery involved clasping the artery that connects the lungs to the heart; this artery should close on its own at birth but often does not in premature babies. In addition, Arlo and Rowan were both put on ventilator support, IV’s and feeding tubes and received multiple blood transfusions. While Eric and Melissa were able to hold Arlo within his first several days of life, Rowan would not feel his parents’ tender embrace until almost a full month later. Living only 10 minutes from Children’s Hospital, Melissa and Eric felt comfortable going home for brief times, knowing their sons were under the watchful eye of Children’s Hospital nurses Sunni Wilson, Kristen Powell, Nona McKinney and Sandy Walker as well as neonatologist Dr. Ellen Andrews. “Not only did they take great physical care of the boys, but they also gave us a three-month crash course on everything from CPR and medicine administration to the best way to swaddle a baby in a blanket and change a diaper,” Melissa said. “We were first-time parents, and this help was priceless.” Melissa said the nurses went the extra mile when they started a scrapbook for each of the boys, filled with pictures of their time at Children’s Hospital. “They even made a birthday card for me ‘from the boys.’ Because of all these things along with countless other gestures of care and concern for our family, we are forever grateful to all the staff at Children’s Hospital,” Melissa said. “We know that without the meticulous care Arlo and Rowan received from everyone there, they would not be here today and doing so well.” Everyone’s hard work was rewarded on February 20, Melissa’s original due date, when the boys were able to be discharged. “We were pretty nervous about bringing them home,” 4 Arlo & RowanArlo & Rowan Rowan (left) and Arlo Bishop
  4. 4. 5 their father said. “There was a certain sense of security when they were in the NICU, surrounded by all the amazing nurses and doctors. But we did everything we could to prove to them that we would be the very best parents.” With the help of Jill Edds, Children’s Hospital’s Social Work Department NICU Care Coordinator, Arlo’s and Rowan’s transition home was successful. Both were on apnea monitors and several medications including one for acid reflux and caffeine to keep their heart rates stable. The apnea monitors were able to be connected to the family’s phone line, which allowed a Children’s Hospital physician or nurse to download the monitor’s memory once a month. The first several months were very difficult. The boys needed constant supervision, so Eric quit his full-time job and joined Melissa in becoming a full-time caretaker. “For the first six months we slept in shifts, assuring that the boys were under constant care and supervision,” Eric said. During that time, the boys also made regular visits to see Children’s Hospital pediatric pulmonologist Dr. John Rogers for Synagis shots for protection against RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). The boys have had regular follow-ups with Dr. Nadine Trainer, pediatric physiatrist at Children’s Hospital Rehab Center’s High Risk Clinic, to assess their development and growth. Rowan has been discharged from Dr. Trainer because his evaluations showed him to be on target in cognitive, motor skill and physical development. “He is Mr. Go-Go-Go!” Melissa said. Arlo continues to see Dr. Trainer on a regular basis as he has been diagnosed with a global delay in his development, although his long-term prognosis is positive. (A global delay means that a child generally has delays in all areas of development. Prematurity is a common cause for this condition.) Arlo is also a patient of Dr. Gary Gitschlag, pediatric ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital, for a slight eye crossing for which he now wears corrective glasses. He wears shoe inserts to help him learn to walk and balance and has recently begun speech therapy. “Arlo is a real trooper and is very motivated to walk and be independent. He gets frustrated sometimes because he knows what he wants to do and has a hard time making his body do it,” Melissa said. The “typical” day for Arlo and Rowan has drastically changed over the past two years. The boys are increasingly gaining independence and have many interests. With Eric back at work and Melissa a stay-at-home mom, they both appreciate the boys’ new sleeping schedule. This generally consists of waking the boys at 7:30 a.m. and putting them to bed by 9 p.m. The boys start their day with a healthy breakfast, get changed and read books with mom. “They love books! We spend at least an hour or more a day reading,” Melissa said. Arlo and Rowan then spend the rest of the day like any other happy, healthy children: playing with blocks and cars, dancing and playing musical instruments. Now, with spring in full force, the whole family enjoys playing outside in the yard with their two dogs. “When people ask what it was like to go through something like this, and all I can say is that while nothing has been ‘typical,’ we finally feel that our boys are going to be just fine. Our dreams for these boys are those of most parents. We want them to grow up happy, healthy and able to follow their dreams, but we also wish them a lifetime of brotherhood that is special to twins. We hope for them to always be there for each other, just as they have always been,” said Melissa. “When the boys were born, all we knew was we had to think positively. Children’s Hospital turned our positive thinking into a reality for these boys, and for that we will always be grateful.” by Joanna Simeone, Public Relations Specialist Arlo in the NICU at Children’s Rowan in the NICU at Children’s Rowan and Arlo Bishop with their parents, Melissa and Eric
  5. 5. For nearly half of our 70-year history, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has been led by the same individual. In June, after 31 years as President and CEO of Children’s Hospital, Bob Koppel will retire. His mark on the hospital will live on decades into the future, not only in the Koppel Plaza hospital office building (named for him in 2001 when he was honored for 25 years as president), but also in so many other ways. Beginning July 1, Koppel will serve Children’s Hospital for two years in a new role as President/CEO Emeritus, focusing on strategic planning, physician recruitment, fund-raising strategies, donor relationships and advocacy of Children’s Hospital’s interests to promote quality children’s health care. “The three decades I have spent at Children’s Hospital have been filled with rewards beyond anything I could have imagined when my family and I moved to Knoxville in 1976,” Koppel said. “I have been honored and privileged to have served as Children’s President and CEO,” Koppel continued. “The trust placed in me by patients and their families, as well as our Medical and Hospital staffs, Board of Directors and Volunteers is something I will treasure for a lifetime. I am proud to have been a part of the tremendous growth at Children’s Hospital over the past 31 years, and a part of my heart will forever remain here. It is a place like no other on earth.” Among Koppel’s accomplishments over the past 31 years: Led the recruitment effort to bring more than 100 pediatric medical and surgical specialists in 28 different specialties to Children’s Hospital, including neonatology, pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric radiology, pediatric surgery and other medical/surgical disciplines. Grew the hospital in size and staffing. From 110 employees in 1976 to more than 1,700 today, the hospital is now the 25th largest employer in the Knoxville area. The medical center has expanded from a single four-story structure to several multi-story buildings at the main campus. The size of the main hospital has increased from 94,500 square feet when it was constructed in the early 1970s to more than 273,000 square feet today. Added hospital facilities throughout Knox and surrounding counties, including the Children’s West outpatient campus in West Knoxville. Children’s Hospital now owns or manages Children’s Home Health Care, the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center, two primary care centers and physician practices in seven counties. Added hospital departments and services, including Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Transport, Short- Stay Surgery, Neurology Laboratory, Gastroenterology Laboratory, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Children’s Home Health Care, Pediatric Physician Hospital Organization, Pastoral Care, Social Work, Infection Control, Information Systems, Marketing and Physician Services, Child Life, Family Resource Center, Service Excellence, Quality Management, Child/Family Centered Care, Ambulatory Care Clinics and the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Led the hospital to be designated by the state of Tennessee as one of only four Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers statewide. Worked tirelessly for children’s health issues statewide that help provide every Tennessee child with the best possible care and facilities, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee; Founding Director of the Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee (CHAT); Chairman of the Board of Coordinated Health Care Services; a member of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors; a member of Gov. Don Sundquist’s TennCare Roundtable; and Chairman of the Knox County Indigent Care Advisory Committee. “Bob Koppel’s contributions to Children’s Hospital have truly defined the standard of care for ill and injured children throughout East Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky, Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia,” said Jim Bush, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital. “Bob has been the central force behind a myriad of changes that have taken place at Children’s Hospital during his three-decade tenure,” Bush said. “His foresight of what Children’s Hospital needed to become the premier pediatric medical institution it is today, as well as his willingness to take risks to give the children we serve the best care they need in terms of pediatric services and equipment, is unparalleled in this industry. “We wish to extend our profound thanks to Bob Koppel for his countless contributions to Children’s Hospital these past 31 years.” 6 Koppel retiring after 31 years Bob Koppel Bob Koppel (right) celebrates the successful conclusion of the 2007 Children's Miracle Network Telethon with (from left) longtime hospital supporter Bob Goodfriend, and WBIR-TV Channel 10's Emily Stroud, Robin Wilhoit and Bill Williams. Bob Koppel prepares to putt during the 2005 Children's Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament at Fox Den Country Club.
  6. 6. 7 Bob Goodfriend, former member of the Board of Directors and longtime hospital donor “Bob’s legacy is to put East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on the map, to make it an institution that is not only serving Knoxville and Knox County” but also serving children across East Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and western North Carolina, Goodfriend said. “I personally thank him for all that he’s done for the community and especially for the kids.” Bill Haslam, Mayor of Knoxville and hospital donor “As mayor, it's all about creating great quality of life for people in a city,” Haslam said. “People ask, ‘Can I take care of my family when they need it?’” Haslam knows on a personal level that Children’s Hospital is able to provide that care; his niece was born prematurely some 25 years ago, and the Haslam family believes she is here today because of the care she received then. “Knoxville has been good to us, so we [the Haslams] want to be people that help out,” Haslam said. “Children's Hospital was an easy choice for us ... we want to make certain that other families are able to have that same kind of experience. I just think Children's Hospital does it the right way.” Haslam said that as president of Children's Hospital, Koppel has made this community a better place and has changed the lives of countless children and families, and the people of this region truly appreciate that. Lonna Lindsay, Outpatient Clinics Nurse Manager and longtime hospital employee “I don’t know whether to take the credit or the blame, but I was probably the first person Bob Koppel met at this hospital,” said Lindsay, then a staff-level hospital employee and member of the presidential search committee whose initial job for the committee was to pick Koppel up at his hotel and bring him to the hospital. “We were all very impressed with him and his credentials and his philosophy. And he had the most charismatic smile. “He had a vision that went farther than what we had at the time … we’ll always benefit from his vision.” Children’s Hospital names new President/CEO Keith D. Goodwin of Columbus, Ohio, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Children’s Hospital, succeeding Bob Koppel, who will retire June 30. Goodwin will assume his duties in June. Goodwin has spent most of his professional career at Columbus Children’s Hospital (CCH), a 375-bed pediatric medical center. During his 26 years in management at CCH (1977-96 and 1999-2006), he served in the positions of Assistant Executive Director, President and Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO. At Columbus Children’s, Goodwin focused efforts on program/service development, strategic planning, physician recruitment, children’s advocacy, fundraising, health care access for the region’s children, facility expansion and a successful capital funds campaign. Goodwin also served as administrator of Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas, from 1996-98. Currently, Goodwin is president of Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, a 222-bed hospital that is part of the OhioHealth hospital system. Goodwin said, “I am extremely honored to be offered the job of President/CEO at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. My long-term goal has always been to be the CEO of a freestanding children’s hospital, and I cannot think of a better institution to serve. The hospital is known nationally, and the medical/hospital staffs, board of directors and volunteers are extremely dedicated individuals with a passion for children. The region is fortunate to have an institution of such high caliber to serve its children. “I look forward to building on the success Children’s Hospital has enjoyed under Bob Koppel’s leadership for the last 31 years,” Goodwin added. “Having Bob’s extensive expertise available to me, not only during the transition period but also for the next two years in his capacity as President/CEO Emeritus, will be an advantage for both me and the hospital. My wife, Diane, and I have enjoyed the time we have spent in Knoxville. We’ve met many friendly people and are excited to move to such a beautiful part of the country.” Editor’s note: Read the next issue of It’s About Children for more information about Children’s Hospital’s new president. Keith D. Goodwin as president John Maddox, M.D., retired pediatric surgeon Dr. Maddox, Children’s Hospital’s first pediatric subspecialist, joined the hospital’s medical staff a dozen years before Koppel’s arrival, when the hospital was still located in its original Laurel Avenue building. Dr. Maddox said he thought the new hospital, which opened on Clinch Avenue in 1970, would never be filled. But it soon was full and has been expanded numerous times during Koppel’s presidency. Dr. Maddox was a physician member of the presidential search committee: “I was ready to hire him on the spot. Bob was quite young then, and I was a bit younger than I am now. I remember saying, ‘We need to hire this young man.’ It was his sensible approach to life, his sensible approach to management.” Koppel’s legacy will go far beyond “bricks and mortar,” or the building named for him that houses a painting of his likeness, according to Dr. Maddox. Koppel’s legacy, in Dr. Maddox’s opinion, really is the people of Children’s Hospital, especially the expansion of the medical staff, both primary care and subspecialty physicians. “The bricks and mortar have simply followed a trail of people,” Dr. Maddox said. Evelyn Pollard, longtime hospital volunteer, one of the original Auxiliary members and one of the first Fantasy of Trees co-chairs Pollard proudly remembers the first Fantasy of Trees Gala, when she and co-chair Peg Parker stood at the entrance with Koppel, greeting guests. “I said, ‘Welcome to my party,’ and of course it wasn’t MY party. He’s never let me forget that!” When Koppel joined Children’s, the hospital was experiencing serious financial problems. “When he came, we were not in really good shape,” Pollard said, but Koppel “turned it around and made it grow and made everyone happy to be here and a part of this hospital.” “He’s just been a delight to work with all these years, and I’m really going to miss him … I hope he never really gets out of our lives.” Reflections on Bob Koppel’s presidency
  7. 7. 8 Forget the “lazy days” of summer – It’s camp time! Summertime is just around the corner. This means longer days, sunny weather and no school! For many children, summer also means taking a few weeks to try out new activities and make friends at some of the many camps that are available. For parents of children with illnesses or disabilities, finding a summer camp to accommodate their child’s needs isn’t always easy. This summer, Children’s Hospital offers three camps designed for children with special needs where campers will enjoy fun activities like arts and crafts, swimming, sports, outdoor games and contests. The Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center’s long-awaited therapy pool opened in February, thanks to generous donations. The Children’s Hospital Rehab Center has provided therapy in a pool setting for several years at the City of Knoxville Adaptive Recreation Center in East Knoxville. While access to the Recreation Center’s pool was beneficial, having a pool at the Rehab Center allows many more patients to benefit. During their time at the Recreation Center’s pool, therapists and rehab patient families were making a roundtrip drive of 34 miles from the Children’s Hospital Rehab Center in West Knoxville. The new Rehab Center pool allows for all patient therapy to be available in one location. The pool was funded by generous donations, including the Donald and Mary Gally estates, the 2004 Star 102.1 Radiothon and Ben Tipton, owner of Tipton Pools. Mr. Gally was a member of the East Tennessee Children’s Rehabilitation Center Board of Directors from 1969 to 1984 and was Chairman of the Board from 1974-1984. He also provided the funds to establish the Rehab Center’s summer camp. Ben Tipton of Tipton Pools donated the cost of the pool’s mosaic work because of his appreciation of rehabilitation programs that helped his daughter when she was a child with orthopedic problems. These contributions will make a life-long difference in Camp Eagle’s Nest, located in Townsend, is for patients from Children’s Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic, and is scheduled for July 29-August 2. The camp is free for patients, thanks to financial and in-kind contributions to the camp and funding from Children’s Hospital. For more information on Camp Eagle’s Nest, call Children’s Hospital at (865) 541-8476. The Donald M. Gally Summer Camp for children ages 5-18 who have special needs or disabilities will take place at the Kiwanis Club Fresh Air Camp on Prosser Road in Knoxville for two weeks in July from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each weekday. The week of July 9 is for children ages 5-11, and the week of July 16 is for ages 12-18. the lives of children who receive treatment at the center. Therapy in a pool setting offers many benefits not available on land and improves some functions such as moving, reaching and breathing. The warm, buoyant water creates a calm and relaxing environment that increases freedom of movement and gives support along with resistance that can improve that patient’s strength. Since movements in water may be less difficult, therapists can help children improve coordination, balance, strength and endurance. One rehab patient who especially enjoys therapy is two-year-old Jonathan Lawless. Jonathan was born three months early, which caused a grade four bleed in his brain, resulting in cerebral palsy and visual problems. He has been a Rehab Center patient since he was seven months old. Jonathan participates in occupational therapy three times a week and has physical therapy in the pool once each week. Deidra Phillips, LPTA, explains why children like Jonathan benefit from therapy in a pool setting: “Warm water helps relax muscles so that patients do not have to support their own weight. They have fun, which makes children try harder to kick their legs and play. They don’t realize that play time in the pool is such a great work-out.” Jonathan might struggle with certain exercises during physical therapy “on land,” but he does them with ease in the pool and gets even better results. Phillips works with Jonathan on stretching to help with his flexibility and coordination to allow him to walk more easily. Jonathan wears DAFOs, which are a type of ankle/foot brace, on his feet while in the pool to give support and stabilization to the arches of his feet. Jonathan also wears weights around his waist to keep him balanced while walking in the water. Therapists work in pool settings with patients who have a variety of disorders such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions or orthopedic problems. The camp is provided at no charge. For more information, contact the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center at (865) 690-8961. Camp Cure, a day camp for Children’s Hospital patients with diabetes, is set for July 9-13 at the Karns Recreation Center in Knox County. The camp features opportunities for children to learn more about living with diabetes and promotes healthy strategies for coping with the disease. This year’s theme is “Cookin’ Up Fun!” Money raised from the annual hour-long “Hope-A-Thon” on WATE-TV Channel 6, set for the evening of Sunday, July 15, provides funding for the camp and helps keep camper fees affordable. For more information on Camp Cure, call Children’s Hospital at (865) 541-8281. by Leslie Street, student intern Therapy on land and in a pool setting promotes independent function in activities of daily living for pediatric patients. “Increased function in the water will carry over to increased function on land,” Phillips said. Jonathan’s mother, Olivia Lawless, a nurse at Children’s Hospital, said Jonathan is much more vocal when he is in the pool. “I think he is just very excited when he has his therapy in the pool with ‘DeeDee’ [Jonathan’s name for Phillips]. He becomes more aware of his legs and hip movements. In the pool, he is able to feel what it is like to walk normally on his own without his crutches.” Phillips said when children are in the pool, they are relaxed and comfortable, which encourages vocalization and the exercise of their respiratory muscles. Mrs. Lawless was excited to find out about the opening of the new pool at the Rehab Center. “Having this new pool really helps out on the driving distance. We are very happy about having this new facility at the Rehab Center,” she said. The goal is for Jonathan to some day walk independently and the therapy he receives at the Children’s Hospital Rehab Center puts him a step closer every day. by Bethany Swann, student intern Jonathan Lawless and Deidra Phillips, LPTA Some of the mosaic tile featured in the Rehab Center’s new therapy pool Children’s News... Rehab Center opens therapy pool
  8. 8. 9 During the 2007 Volunteer Awards presentation at the Knoxville Convention Center in April, 89 Children’s Hospital volunteers were honored for achieving various milestones in hours of volunteer service. Those recognized for significant milestones include: 3,500 hours, Tom Elsea; 4,000 hours, Frank Largent; 4,500 hours, Marilyn Ivey and Nancy Finley; 5,000 hours, Jane Walker; 12,000 hours, Mary Jo Campbell; 12,500 hours, Anne Palmer; and 18,500 hours, Nancy Flynn. The Volunteer Awards also recognized four outstanding volunteers for their contributions to Children’s Hospital. The first presentation was the Edna H. Duncan Award, given annually to the volunteer who displays personal and professional excellence through service to the hospital. This award was established in 1991 to honor Duncan, who accumulated more than 28,000 volunteer hours over her 16 years of service to the hospital. This year’s recipient was Zoanne Bayer. She began volunteering at the Information Desk in 2004 and has accumulated more than 1,100 hours of service. She also has trained in the Surgery Lounge so she can fill in as needed. She continues to serve Children’s Hospital as part of the Service Development Team in the Emergency Department; she even has changed her schedule to meet the needs of patients by acknowledging the evening demand on the Emergency Department. She is consistently one of the first to volunteer for any special event, both for the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and for fund-raising events to benefit the hospital. The Anne D. Regas Award was established in 1988 to honor a volunteer who displays exemplary commitment, courage and perseverance in service to the hospital. The award is named for the founder of the hospital’s volunteer program and Auxiliary. This year the honor went to Becky Cooper, who began her volunteer service with Children’s Hospital in 1979. She has volunteered at Children’s for more than 28 years and has accumulated over 3,800 hours of service in a variety of areas throughout the hospital. Her creative talents soon became essential in making handcrafts to be sold at the Fantasy of Trees. She later began volunteering in the Gift Shop and can still be found there. The 24 Karat Award is presented annually to a volunteer who displays enthusiastic participation in service to the hospital. The winner of this year’s award was Verna Bollin. She joined the volunteer program in September 2004 and has accumulated nearly 700 hours of service. Her outgoing personality made her a natural for placement at the Information Desk. She now volunteers in the Gift Shop and also joined the Fantasy of Trees Designer Team; in addition, she is one of the volunteers who takes the “Humor Cart” around the hospital to visit and entertain patients. Bollin recently was appointed as Region IV Chair to the THA Council on Volunteers. The Shining Star Award recognizes dedication to evening and weekend volunteer service. The recipient of this year’s award is Scott Outten, who began his service in the Critical Care Lounge. This position offered him the opportunity to combine his need to give back to the community with the time demands he required to excel in his studies (at that time he was working on a master of physics at the University of Tennessee). He soon began to volunteer in the newly opened Family Resource Center, helping to determine the needs of patient families and following up on special requests. He currently serves with the Child Life Department in the Emergency Department, where his unique wit and charm are a welcome addition. Children’s Hospital extends its appreciation to these and all of our dedicated volunteers. A new class series that incorporates fun with lessons about food and fitness choices for families is being offered as part of the “Healthy Kids” community education program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. With a theme of “I Can!” the series will offer a different class each month. Beginning in late March, the first class focused on making healthy food choices and the next three months’ classes highlight fun and fitness, cooking choices and healthy shopping ideas. Families can join the series of classes at any time, and cost is only $10 per family per class. The class is designed specifically for school age children and their parents/ caregivers to participate in together. During Class One, parents and children learn to say “I Can – Shop!” for healthier food choices, teaching all family members the keys to becoming a “label sleuth” and discover the best foods and choices available at the grocery store. Aisle by aisle, “I Can!” participants learn which healthy foods fit each family’s recipe file. Class Two shows families how to say “I Can – Eat Healthy!” and have fun with food during shopping, at meals and with snacks. The class will incorporate games and learning activities involving trying new foods. In Class Three, it’s time for “I Can – Move!” and a chance for all families members to learn a workout that’s fun. Participants find out that exercise doesn’t have to be boring with a variety of fun activities that get the heart rate up and can be part of a daily routine. The final class offered for the “I Can” series teaches all family members that “I Can – Cook!” helping families create menus and recipes and experimenting with cooking for all ages. Each class is limited to 10 families, so pre-registration is required by calling the Children’s Hospital Healthy Kids Hotline at (865) 541-8262. Scott Outten Verna Bollin Becky Cooper Zoanne Bayer New Healthy Kids class to focus on food, fitness choices Hospital recognizes volunteers
  9. 9. 10 There is no such thing as a “typical” day in a hospital. Day in and day out, patients enter our doors for care, but each child is unique, and each experience is different. However, within each day at Children’s Hospital, there are some common threads. One common thread is the training and experience of the hospital’s staff — no matter what situation arises, our staff is skilled and prepared to meet the challenge. For the next several issues of It’s About Children, we are profiling some of our staff and highlighting all our clinical areas. We hope it will give you a glimpse into life at Children’s Hospital. CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK Illness, injury, medical tests and hospitalization all add to the routine stresses of children and families’ daily lives. Social workers help patients and families increase their capacity for problem solving and coping, as well as help obtain needed resources, facilitate interactions and work with agencies to meet needs. Children’s Hospital’s 16 social workers provide information and referral, crisis intervention assistance, short-term supportive counseling, assistance in ethical decisions, discharge planning, child advocacy, coordination of services regarding cases of abuse and neglect, financial and concrete needs assistance, and employee counseling and referral. Social Work is also responsible for coordinating language and hearing impaired interpretation services for patients and families and arranges for translation of Children’s Hospital written materials into Spanish. Kim Christensen, M.S.S.W., C.M.S.W. Families are Kim Christensen’s focus as a clinical social worker at Children’s Hospital. “As a college student, I had an interest in families and how they function,” she said. “I enjoyed classes in psychology and sociology but was attracted to Social Work as a career because of its holistic approach. “It’s a cliché for a social worker to say this, but I also really wanted to do something that would help people. This field was — and is — a perfect fit,” she added. “Plus, I’ve never been able to see myself doing a ‘desk job.’” Christensen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work and has worked in mental health and medical (hospital) settings. At Children’s, she works primarily on the Second, Third and Fourth medical/surgical floors on weekdays, and on weekends she covers all hospital departments. Being a social worker at Children’s Hospital offers day-to-day challenges, and “every day here is different,” she said. “Since I came to Children’s Hospital, I have received a significant amount of training and education in child abuse and maltreatment,” she said. “I also believe that there is no substitute for on-the-job training, and I have learned a lot by watching my colleagues problem-solve in some very difficult, complicated situations. “I’m a Knoxville native,” Christensen said. “Although my family is fortunate never to have required the services of the hospital, I have always seen the hospital as a very important part of our community. The fact that we have a department staffed entirely by qualified, certified or licensed social workers was very important to me. I think it speaks to the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our patients and their families. I’ve never worked with a more talented group of people, both within and outside our department.” Regina Johnson, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. Pediatric oncology social work is a true calling for Regina Johnson, a clinical social worker at Children’s Hospital. Her first pediatric experience occurred in Florida while she was working at a hospice. There, she had a nine-year-old patient who was dying of bone cancer; he had a five-year-old sister. This child and his family had a tremendous impact on Johnson. “At the same time, I was wanting to return to Knoxville. I was watching for jobs and saw this one posted with oncology as the primary responsibility,” Johnson said. “The bottom line is, I felt led. ... The child I had worked with [in Florida] was a very challenging case. I applied for the job here and was hired in 1988.” While Johnson has no one particular favorite memory of her almost 20 years at Children’s Hospital, there is one situation that stands out above the others. She had been following a boy with leukemia from his initial diagnosis at age 12. When he relapsed seven years later at age 19, he was admitted to Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where his parents eventually made the difficult decision to extubate him (remove his breathing assistance), based on his wishes. “I went in the room after his parents and whispered to him that he was loved, and he didn’t have to be afraid,” Johnson said. “I turned from him [to leave the room] and his heart stopped. Later that day, Johnson had another patient in PICU she needed to see, and “I thought I couldn’t cope because I had been so close to the one who died,” she said. But she went anyway to see the second patient. He had been sleeping since having major surgery, but when she came to his room, he awoke, motioned her to come to his bedside, and he told her a knock-knock joke. “It was about death, and it was funny. Then he fell right back asleep,” Johnson said. “That patient got me through the rest of that day. I think it was God-given. Even his mom was taken aback when he did it. “You have to be objective, not emotional,” Johnson continued. “But after several years, you can’t help but get close” [to long-term patients such as the teen who died]. Johnson holds a bachelor of arts in sociology with a double minor in psychology and theater. Following her first year of graduate school at the UT Memphis School of Social Work, she then worked for a while to make sure this was the career path she wanted to take, then completed the second year of her graduate school program and earned a master’s degree from UT Knoxville. Licensing for social workers was not yet available when Johnson completed her master’s degree, so some years later she took the licensing exam after joining Children’s Hospital to become a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.). To maintain licensure and keep current in the social work field, Johnson participates in ongoing educational opportunities, such as conferences for pediatric oncology social work (including one international conference in York, England) as well as local and regional workshops on social work. lifeA day in the of Children’s Hospital Social Worker Regina Johnson (right) talks with patient Kendelyn Cole in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Social Worker Kim Christensen (right) confers with staff nurse Jennifer Crawford on the Third Floor inpatient unit.
  10. 10. 11 In the fall of 2003, Children’s Hospital and WBIR-TV began a program to recognize children from throughout East Tennessee who have done something out of the ordinary. “We were looking for outstanding youngsters who had done something amazing: overcome an incredible physical or emotional situation, demonstrated outstanding talent and achievement through their art, or exhibited a passion for helping to make life better for others,” said Jeff Lee, WBIR’s General Manager. From that desire to recognize area children, 10 Amazing Kids was created; the first group was honored in the spring of 2004, and additional groups were honored in 2005 and 2006. In December 2006, announcements on WBIR-TV asked viewers to nominate a child they know who has done something exceptional. Dozens of entries were received, and the selection process was extremely difficult. The 2007 10 Amazing Kids are: Mary McClain Alexander, age 14, West Valley Middle School – When Mary Mc’s grandmother died from breast cancer, this amazing kid took her love of basketball and help from friends and started the “Shoot for the Cure” Middle School Jamboree, with the November 2006 event raising over $1,100. When she’s not helping to make a difference in her community, this 8th grader is active in her church and its outreach programs, volunteers at a local animal clinic and has participated in Race for the Cure and Buddy’s Race Against Cancer. She has won numerous academic achievement certificates and the Citizenship Award. Christopher Condrone, age 12, Bowers Elementary School (Harriman) – After reading a story about children taking toys to an orphanage at Christmas, he was inspired to do something more substantial. He gave his own bike a “makeover” and donated the refurbished bicycle to Toys for Tots. Over the next few months, he redid several more bikes for other children in Roane County. Chris volunteers to assist his principal and teachers and maintains a vegetable garden and donates the produce. He plans to help others again this Christmas by donating more refurbished bikes for Toys for Tots. Camera Foster, age 13, Carter Middle School – With her school guidance counselor, this eighth grader helped initiate a “Girls’ Group” to help young women struggling with self confidence and making good choices. As the group’s secretary, she has inspired others to stand up for themselves. Camera recently placed second in an oratorical contest, plays tennis and violin, and is active on the dance team. She also cares about her community and volunteers at the Wesley House. Sarah Holloway, age 16, Karns High School – This teenager was selected to serve on the Arthritis Foundation Committee by a physician at Children’s Hospital, where she serves as a volunteer. Sarah has received numerous scholastic awards and was honored by the Karns Middle School staff with the 110% Award. Her success does not come easily, as she is legally blind, has had a hip replacement, and her left leg was amputated below the knee when she was an infant. Her career goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. One of her teachers said, “Her most valuable contribution is that she serves as an excellent role model for students and teachers alike.” Taylor Jones, age 14, Alcoa Middle School – Taylor has won numerous awards at local, state and national science fairs and recently was selected again to compete in the Discovery Channel’s Young Scientist Challenge. Taylor’s goals are to cure cancer and improve treatment for patients taking chemotherapy. All his award-winning projects are based on microbiology and diseases, and Taylor currently has a permanent patent pending which he hopes will eliminate bacteria from vending items. Taylor is active at his church, is an honors student and plays basketball and runs track for his school. Emily Kiraly, age 17, Farragut High School – This high school student didn’t let a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis prevent her from being a “normal” teenager. She is an active Girl Scout working towards the completion of her Gold Award and has been a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center. She teaches the 2nd grade Sunday School class at Two Rivers Church, works with the STAR horseback riding program for handicapped children and was chosen by the Mid-South Chapter of the National MS Society as a Self-Help Group Leader of the Year for 2006. Simon Mull, age 10, Willow Brook Elementary School (Oak Ridge) – This special youngster is an ambassador for people with physical challenges. Born with spina bifida, Simon has a knack for teaching others about life in a wheelchair and the daily difficulties that are faced. When he’s not showing others that a child in a wheelchair is really just like any other child, his mom says that he “works” as an advocate of happiness and joy. Simon is active in the Spina Bifida Association of Tennessee, and through this group, he has participated in programs including adaptive skiing and sled-dog riding in Colorado and swimming with dolphins in Florida. Savannah Stair, age 17 (at time of her death in 2006), Bearden High School – This amazing kid never let an eight-year struggle with cancer dampen her enthusiasm for living or helping others. Although a frequent patient at Children’s Hospital, she was also a frequent volunteer, helping other children in situations she had experienced. Savannah was also a volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, was active in her church, was vice president of her middle school class, and was a member of Bearden Middle School’s Technology Students Association Team that won state and national competitions. Savannah truly exemplified the description of an “amazing kid” throughout her 17 years. Lindsay Towne, age 10, Loudon Elementary School – When this 4th grader saw that her school’s playground equipment would not accommodate a fellow student with a disability, she was motivated to raise money for a “Liberty Swing” for her classmate. An employee of the Liberty Swing Company contacted the swing’s inventor, who invited Lindsay to Australia to see how the swings are made. He also told Lindsay that because she started this on her own, he would donate another swing for the local park in Loudon. One of Lindsay’s teachers described her as “a student that teachers dream of. She works hard and thinks of others before she thinks of herself.” Rebecca Wood, age 10, John Sevier Elementary School (Maryville) – At age four, she became a major caregiver for her father, who had a serious illness. She and her father started a ministry at their church called Cuddly Critters; they would find people with an emotional need or dealing with major loss and give them a stuffed animal and special card. Rebecca also worked with her father, who died in 2005, to clean and do small jobs around her church. She now helps care daily for her great-grandmother who has Alzheimer’s and has used hard circumstances she has faced to help others. As one person said, “There is no doubt that this amazing kid will become an amazing adult.” Each of the 10 Amazing Kids’ stories was featured on “Live at 5” on WBIR-TV each weekday from April 9-20. Applications for next year’s 10 Amazing Kids will be accepted beginning in December 2007. 10 Amazing Kids recognized Mary Christopher Camera Sarah Taylor Emily Simon Savannah Lindsay Rebecca
  11. 11. 12 Estate Planning... Choosing a Qualified Personal Representative Include Children’s Hospital in your estate plans. Join the ABC Club. For more information, call (865) 541-8441. Please send the FREE planning booklet, “Personal Financial Affairs Record.” Name______________________________ Address__________________________________________ City___________________________ State_______ Zip_____________ Phone#(______)___________ Ì Please call me at the phone number below for a free confidential consultation concerning planned giving. Ì Please send me more information about deferred giving. Ì I have already included Children’s Hospital in my estate plan in the following way: __________________________________________________________________________ Ì Please send me information about the ABC Club. Children’s Hospital Development Office • (865) 541-8441 You probably didn’t get up this morning thinking about going to see your lawyer and drawing up a will. This is something we usually put off until we simply can’t avoid it any longer. But why not start today? Our last article discussed the importance of preparing your will and the special role your lawyer plays in that process. We also reviewed the information you should take to your lawyer when doing your will. One of your most important choices will be to appoint a qualified personal representative, or executor, if you prefer that term. This choice ranks in importance with choosing a guardian for your minor children, the subject of our next article. Your personal representative is responsible for taking charge of your affairs after you are gone and can do only what the instructions in your will allow. Before taking any action, your personal representative must file your will with the appropriate court in your home county and obtain the documents needed to verify his or her status as your duly authorized representative. These documents are usually referred to as “letters testamentary,” and your personal representative will need them to conduct your business with banks, insurance companies and many others. Your will can allow or even require your personal representative to: • Make certain your minor children are safely in the custody of the people you have chosen as their guardian; • Make arrangements for management of money you have left to provide for your minor children; • Hire professionals such as a lawyer or an accountant to work with them on your estate. You can specify who these should be or leave it to the discretion of your personal representative; • Assume responsibility for gathering up all of your assets including bank accounts, securities, contents of a safe deposit box, home, furniture, autos and more; We suggest that you consult your lawyer for advice about an appropriate fee. Your personal representative will perform many types of work for you, and those fees can vary according to the going rate for the type of work being done. If your personal representative chooses to mow the lawn before placing your house on the market, he or she should be paid the same as any other lawn care person for those hours. You can place wording in your will that relieves your personal representative of the responsibility to file reports with the Probate Court. You should understand, however, that some states including Tennessee permit a beneficiary to request an accounting from your personal representative even if you excuse them from filing reports with the court. We find that there is much less potential for conflict when the personal representative keeps a record of their hours and the type of work being done and submits it to the Probate Court for approval. An attorney or Trust Department can serve as your personal representative and can explain the fee schedule for their services. You will generally pay a larger fee with a corporate personal representative because you are hiring trained, experienced personnel to work on your estate. Choose your personal representative wisely. Discuss your wishes and expectations. Have your lawyer make your will and then relax in the knowledge that, by planning properly, you have removed a potentially great burden from your loved ones. Get your free copy of our planning booklet, “Personal Financial Affairs Record,” and fill in as much information as you can before visiting your lawyer. You will have a more thorough plan and will save time and money. Please send your name and address to us via the reply form below. You may also contact me at dsrule@etch.com or by phone at (865) 541-8162 or Teresa Goddard, CFRE, Senior Development Officer, at tgoddard@etch.com or by phone at (865) 541-8441. by David S. Rule, Director of Development • Publish a notice to creditors and pay all of your remaining expenses; • Follow your instructions about distributing your personal property – items such as jewelry, home furnishings, autos, antiques, clothing, etc.; • Follow your instructions for distributing your real property – house, farm, vacation home, etc. (your lawyer can advise you about property that is held in joint names); • Pay your bequests to family members and friends as well as to Children’s Hospital and other favorite charities; • File reports with the court on their progress in settling your estate, including a summary of income and assets received as well as expenses and bequests paid. Honesty and integrity are two essential qualities in a personal representative, who should also be knowledgeable in business matters and in good enough health to conduct your business until it is completed. This can be your spouse or some other trusted family member or friend. If your spouse is not especially skillful in business matters, you could specify that your spouse and another trusted, business-wise individual serve together. You should also select an alternate personal representative in case your first choice is unable or unwilling to serve. You should discuss this in advance with the person(s) you choose to make certain they are willing to accept this responsibility. Though this can be a sensitive subject, you would be wise to also discuss your views about reasonable hourly fees to pay your personal representative for their services. Spouses rarely accept fees but will sometimes accept reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. Other relatives may choose to serve without pay but you should not expect them to do so; they are entitled to reasonable compensation for their time.
  12. 12. CCAALLEENNDDAARR OOFF EEVVEENNTTSS 13 “Southern Living” Showcase House From May 14-27, Children’s Hospital will benefit from visits to the Southern Living Showcase House in Farragut. This year’s Showcase House was built by Michael Bates Homes, one of 100 custom builders nationwide chosen for the 14th annual builder program; it features interior designs from Jill Thomas and Cindy Hamby with Braden’s Fine Furnishings and Interiors. The home is built with the Southern Living “Somerset” plan, designed by Spitzmiller & Norris Architects and inspired by the Shingle Style homes from 1880-1910. Since its opening April 14, the design home also has benefited Thompson Cancer Survival Center, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Town of Farragut’s Folklife Museum. The showcase house is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information on the event, call the Children’s Hospital Development Office at (865) 541-8441. Log-A-Load For Kids Golf Tournament The annual Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament will take place June 1 at the Chatata Valley Golf Course in Cleveland, Tenn. Lunch will be served at noon, with a shotgun start set for 1 p.m. Awards and prizes will be given throughout the day. The tournament fee includes green and cart fees, lunch, refreshments and an official tournament goodie bag. Proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Hospital. For more information about the Log-A-Load for Kids tournament, contact Wayne Turner at (423) 336-7029. Staci Reyes Memorial Fast Pitch Softball Tournament Softball fans won’t want to miss the first Staci Reyes Memorial Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, set for June 15-17 at the Sports Park on Oak Ridge Highway in Knoxville. Funds raised will benefit Children’s Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Department. This softball tournament is an ASA State Qualifier for the 2007 season and is open to competitive teams from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and other states. Teams may compete in 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U or 18U. Several college scouts have committed to attend the tournament, as well. For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Doug Wood at (865) 984-4833 or (865) 223-3063. Hope-A-Thon On Sunday, July 15, WATE-TV 6 will host the fifth annual Hope-A-Thon live on the air from Camp Cure, a day camp designed for children with diabetes (see page 8 for camp details). Each year, WATE-TV hosts the Hope- A-Thon to get the East Tennessee community more involved in the important pediatric health issues of obesity and diabetes and raise money for Camp Cure. Proceeds raised from the hour-long event help provide funding for the camp and help keep camper fees affordable so that any child who wants to attend is able to do so. For more information on Camp Cure or Hope-A-Thon, call Children’s Hospital at (865) 541-8437. 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 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 to the children of this region. CCAALLEENNDDAARR OOFF EEVVEENNTTSS Horse Power for Healing Cruise-In Auto and motorcycle enthusiasts won’t want to miss the second annual Cruise-In car, motorcycle and truck show, Horse Power for Healing. The event will take place on June 30 at the Cumberland County Community Center in Crossville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Hospital. Vendors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Lisa Bolin or Rachel Hinch at (931) 484-3545. DQ Miracle Treat Day If the hot summer months aren’t a good enough excuse for ice cream, Dairy Queen is offering another motivation. This year, the DQ Miracle Treat Day will be August 9. On this day, participating Dairy Queen restaurants will donate all the proceeds from any Blizzard treats sold to the Children’s Miracle Network. So treat your family to help Children’s Hospital! Since 1984, Dairy Queen has helped raise more than $59 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Tennessee River 600 The 11th annual Tennessee River 600 will take place July 21-28. Personal watercraft enthusiasts will begin the 600-mile trip down the Tennessee River at Volunteer Landing in Knoxville and finish at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN. The event raises money to benefit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Water Safety Program and four Children’s Miracle Network hospitals: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. by Leslie Street, student intern WATE-TV Channel 6's Gene Patterson and Lori Tucker during the Hope-A-Thon for Camp Cure in July 2006.
  13. 13. 14 A phone call. Sunglasses left in the car. The door bell. An open back yard gate. All of these are seemingly normal occurrences. But when one or more of these situations happens and a child is left unattended at a pool, at the lake, or even in a bathtub, it can be part of an equation for disaster - and a drowning. In this issue of It’s About Children, Lise Christensen, M.D., pediatric emergency medicine specialist, discusses several ways to keep your children safe around water at all times, especially during the upcoming summer months. QQ:: We’re planning to install a pool in our backyard this summer, and we have young children. What are the best safety tips for keeping them safe around our pool? AA:: You are right to be concerned about young children and swimming pools. Drowning occurs all too often and all too quickly, so you must take many precautions to prevent this tragedy that can also occur in ponds, hot tubs or any place with water. First, fence all the way around the pool. Fences should be at least four feet tall, with slats narrow enough that a child cannot squeeze through. A gate should be self- closing and self-latching, with a latch that is high enough to be out of the reach of children. One mistake families often make when fencing their pool is to use the side of their house closest to the pool as one part of the fence. This may keep children from getting to the pool from outside your house, but from within the house, a child can easily access the pool through the back door. So a pool fence should always enclose all sides of the pool. Second, adult supervision is key. Children sometimes drown even when several adults are nearby because they are not closely watching the children. Drowning can occur in just seconds, even among children who know how to swim, so be sure someone responsible is the “designated watcher” when children are in or near the water. Third, teach kids rules for pool safety – no running, no pushing, no diving in areas that are not marked for diving and no swimming in bad weather (especially if there is lightning). Fourth, be prepared in case something DOES happen. Keep a phone nearby to call 911 if needed but keep any casual phone conversations brief so you can concentrate on watching the kids. And learn CPR through a community course offered by Children’s Hospital or other agencies near your home. Fifth, know that pool covers used during the off-season do not prevent drowning, so teach your children to stay away from the pool when you are not around. QQ:: I have heard drowning can easily be called “The Silent Killer.” Why? AA:: Drowning is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because when a child goes under water, he or she seldom makes a single sound. Literally seconds count when a child goes under water. • 30 seconds to 1 minute — the airway closes and the child’s lips turn blue. • 1 to 2 minutes — the child loses consciousness. • 2 to 5 minutes — the heart can stop. The child still has a chance of survival if rescued now. • 5 minutes or more — permanent brain damage is occurring as each second ticks by. QQ:: Our family enjoys spending a lot of time at our backyard pool during the summer months. We want to make sure we are prepared if an accident ever occurred. What are some items we need to have poolside in case of an emergency? AA:: Every home pool should have a Pool Safety Kit within several feet of the pool. This safety kit should include items such as a first aid kit, a flashlight, a flotation device, a blanket, dry towels and a whistle. Keep a phone nearby to call 911 if needed; you also WWaatteerr SSaaffeettyy
  14. 14. won’t need to leave the pool unattended to answer any phone calls. Also consider keeping rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook (which is a long pole with a hook on the end) near the pool. Flotation devices are recommended to keep poolside; however understand that inexpensive inflatable devices such as “water wings” or “floaties” do not offer adequate protection to keep a child safe in water. A life vest is a far better option, although it also is not foolproof. QQ:: My children enjoy spending time in the lake behind our house during the summer. What are some water safety rules specific to lakes and rivers? AA:: The general water safety rules discussed in previous questions also apply to lakes and rivers, but there are specific guidelines to follow while swimming in natural bodies of water. First, insist that your child wear a life preserver or flotation device. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that 9 out of 10 drowning victims are not wearing any type of flotation device. Second, teach your children these four key swimming rules: • Always swim with a buddy. • Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump feet first to avoid hitting your head on shallow bottom. • Don’t jump or push others into the water. • Be prepared for an emergency. Third, never consume alcohol when operating a boat, swimming or during water activities, and don’t allow your children to ride on any water vehicle where you suspect alcohol consumption will take place. compiled by Bethany Swann, student intern 15 Lise Christensen, M.D. CPR Dates: June 4, July 23, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 12 and December 3 Time: 6-9 p.m. This class will teach caregivers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking maneuvers for children and adults. This class also gives general home safety advice and tips, and participants must be at least 14 years old. This course is $20 per person. I Can! Date: June 7, other dates TBA Time: 6 p.m. I-Can! is a new Healthy Kids class series for families about making healthy choices. The four different classes focus on making healthy food choices, fun and fitness, cooking choices and shopping ideas. Families can join the series of classes at any time. This course is $10 per session per family. Safe Sitter Dates: June 2, July 21 and 28, August 18 and 25, September 15 and 29, October 13 and 20, November 3 and December 15 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch is provided) Safe Sitter is a national organization that teaches young adolescents safe and nurturing babysitting techniques and the rescue skills needed to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Instructors are certified through Safe Sitter nationally. Participants must be ages 11-14. This course is $20 per person. Class size is limited, so preregistration is required. All classes are offered in the Koppel Plaza at Children’s Hospital, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register for any of these classes or to receive our free Healthy Kids parenting newsletter, 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. Upcoming Community Education ClassesUpcoming Community Education Classes Kids, fun, summer and the water – they just go together during summer vacation. Children’s Hospital, along with Kohl’s, Campbell’s Pool & Spa and Dollywood’s Splash Country, will be reminding everyone of one important safety lesson this summer when school is out – no one can ever take a vacation from water safety. A major media campaign will remind parents/caregivers and children of important water safety tips, and fun events at Campbell’s Pool & Spa and Dollywood’s Splash Country will offer a way for families to learn about water safety together. On Thursday, June 7, from 4-7 p.m., representatives from Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s and Dollywood’s Splash Country will be on hand at Campbell’s Pool & Spa (231 Papermill Place Way, Knoxville) to demonstrate water safety tips and answer water safety questions. Information on keeping children safe around water, pool maintenance and safety demonstrations will be featured. Several pairs of tickets to Dollywood’s Splash Country will also be given away during the event. The water safety and awareness campaign will conclude with a water safety day on Wednesday, June 13, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, where water safety is always a priority. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a water safety and awareness workshop taught by the waterpark’s award- winning lifeguards; registration is required for the morning workshop by calling the Healthy Kids Hotline at (865) 541-8262. Also on June 13 at Splash Country, visitors to the water park will find water safety booths open in the new Cascades area from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is no extra charge for the water safety program, but an admission ticket to Dollywood’s Splash Country is required for admittance; for ticket information, call (800) DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywoodssplashcountry.com. This important water safety campaign is being funded by generous donations from Kohl’s and Campbell’s Pool & Spa. For more information on water safety and the events on June 7 and June 13, visit www.etch.com. Have Fun at water safety events in June
  15. 15. The classic rock and roll group Three Dog Night performed at the 15th annual Center Stage concert to benefit Children’s Hospital on April 14 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The night began at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hor d’oevres, followed by a four-course dinner. After an amazing performance by Three Dog Night, guests enjoyed dancing to Inception. Children’s Hospital extends a special thanks to Bob and Wendy Goodfriend, who served as event co-chairs for the 15th year, and to the Goodfriend Foundation, Pilot Corporation and LandAir for their underwriting support. Center Stage has raised more than $2.5 million for Children’s Hospital since its inception in 1993. by Leslie Street, student intern Children’s Hospital 2018 Clinch Ave. • P.O. Box 15010 Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-5010 We always try to stay current with friends of the hospital. If for any reason you should receive a duplicate issue, please notify the hospital at (865) 541-8257. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PA I D PERMIT 433 KNOXVILLE, TN Center Stage A rock ‘n’ roll evening with Three Dog Night Above: Center Stage co-chair Bob Goodfriend speaks to guests at Center Stage. Left: Center Stage co-chair Wendy Goodfriend with the members of Three Dog Night. Three Dog Night Three Dog Night Beth Haynes and John Becker of WBIR-TV Channel 10 served as emcees for the 15th annual Center Stage benefit for Children's Hospital.