Bear in mind... December 2022

Beaumont Children’s Chief Update

A message from Matthew Denenberg, M.D., Chief, Beaumont Children’s

As we welcome December and winter soon to follow, hopefully, you finished raking leaves, setting away summer toys and enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends, family and football. I am thankful for the amazing collaborative health care community across Corewell Health, Beaumont Children’s and southeast Michigan.

Children’s Hospitals and health care services have been near capacity across the country since early September . Emergency departments, inpatient units, pediatric intensive care units and community clinics have exceeded normal capacity by 30-50%. To meet the unprecedented demand, team members have worked extra hours under incredible demands to increase surge capacity with additional ER, acute care and pediatric ICU capacity. We have come together with our friends at Corewell Health West Helen DeVos to ensure children receive the care they need during this surge.

Staffing shortages remain challenging among all members of the care team. The need for nursing and respiratory therapists has been especially difficult as children with respiratory illness requiring admission rises. Our community pediatric partners have increased the acuity of care in their offices, treating more kids at home to support busy emergency departments. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association asked President Biden to declare an emergency. Our community response continues to be amazing.

Considering the current strain on children’s service across the country, what better time than next week for our annual Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams.  I am so excited to join my first Moonbeams as we help our youngest patients, their families and our dedicated staff celebrate the holiday season. Please join us on evenings from Dec. 9-24 and bring a flashlight to “beam.”

Respectfully,

Matthew

 

The return on investment in global health is tremendous, and the biggest bang for the buck comes from vaccines. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective health investments in history.

Seth Berkley

 

New team members

Please welcome our newest physicians.

Stephanie Campbell, M.D., was born at Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital, formerly Beaumont, Royal Oak, and raised in southeast Michigan. She found a passion for medical genetics as a medical student in the second graduating class for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell completed pediatric residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine, returning to complete medical genetics residency and medical biochemical genetics fellowship at DMC/Wayne State University. Dr. Campbell is thrilled to join Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital and support pediatric patients and families.

Ahmad M Suleiman, M.D., joins our pediatric cardiology team. Dr. Suleiman is a native Michigander and excited to join Corewell Health East and Beaumont Children’s. He is particularly interested in expanding pediatric cardiology access across southeast Michigan.

Kaydee Kaiser, M.D., Originally from Jacksonville, she ventured up north for training. She completed a pediatric residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and pediatric hematology oncology fellowship in Hershey, PA. After fellowship, she and her husband moved to Michigan with their toddler son and a 6-year-old American Eskimo.

 

Acute care

Our Beaumont Children’s pediatric surgeons initiated inpatient services at Corewell Health Dearborn Hospital. Along with ongoing services at Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital, children continue to receive excellent care by pediatric experts across Corewell Health East and Beaumont Children’s. In December, Dr. Megan Schober will begin seeing pediatric urology patients at Corewell Health Dearborn Hospital.

In September, the Royal Oak NICU moved the Small Baby Unit from Pod F to Pod D. The larger open Pod area fosters teamwork and facilitate training of staff to care for this very vulnerable population. Team members collaborated for many months to develop consistent policies and best practices to improve outcomes in the unit .

We continue to support and expand care of childhood and adolescent cancer patients. Please contact our team with questions or concerns. 

 

Clinical ethics consultation

The purpose of the Clinical Ethics Service is to help address situations of moral distress or uncertainty that arise during patient care. A team of professionals with backgrounds in ethics, medicine, spiritual care, nursing, and law are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An ethics consultation may be requested by anyone, including members of the health care team, a patient, patient’s family, or a surrogate.

Ethics consults can be ordered via:

  • Epic Consult Order (Order #CON371)
  • Hotline voicemail (248-551-4747), which supports anonymous request if needed
  • You may also contact an on-call ethics consultant directly, during business hours, at 947-523-2039 or via the "Clinical Ethics On-Call" dynamic role in Mobile Heartbeat.
  • Clinical Ethics - Royal Oak and Clinical Ethics Procedure - Royal Oak


Ambulatory

Once again, pediatric primary care, specialty and emergency visits have steadily increased across the region. As we continue efforts to improve access and increase specialty offerings, please continue to reach out with ideas, questions and concerns. Our pediatric specialists and clinics are available across Corewell Health East and Beaumont Children’s. We look forward to ongoing specialty care across all our Corewell Health East and Beaumont Children’s locations with notable increased access to most pediatric subspecialties in early 2023.

Beaumont Urgent Care serves southeast Michigan and provides urgent care services for patients six months and older. Walk-ins are welcome, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week, as well as options to book ahead or schedule virtual visits across twenty-eight locations. Services include COVID & flu testing and treatment with two-hour PCR results and antivirals for positive cases. For a full list of locations and services, including on-site X-ray and lab capabilities, visit beaumonturgentcare.com.

As Amoxicillin suspension and chewable tablets are on a nation-wide shortage in outpatient pharmacies. Please read this important newsletter from the AAP. Our pediatric infectious disease experts at Beaumont and Helen DeVos Children’s are collaborating on a unified reference for alternate antibiotics during this shortage. We will share that soon. 

 

Quality and safety

Vaccine hesitancy remains a concern in our communities, especially as we prepare for flu season. This year is particularly critical as we face RSV, COVID and influenza together. We continue to monitor recommendations specific to children. Please utilize the Beaumont, CDC and MDHHS websites for up-to-date information regarding these essential vaccines and treatment.  In addition, we are experiencing a generational drop in regular childhood immunizations, increasing the risk of preventable disease. Last week, a measles outbreak was identified in Columbus with over 40 patients identified already. Please vaccinate your patients. iVaccinate, sponsored by MDHHS, provides excellent resources to work with families regarding vaccine hesitancy, a complex and often misunderstand issue.

The Pediatric Application Oversight Committee is a new committee in the One Epic Ecosystem. The committee's role, in short, will be to guide the pediatric-specific efforts associated with OEE, allowing us to arrive at one instance of Epic across Corewell Health and provide the most compassionate care for pediatric patients wherever they seek care across the health system.

 

Beaumont Health Foundation

Children’s Miracle Network Holiday Opportunities:

Ace Hardware Holiday Round Up Campaign until Dec. 31

Participating Ace Hardware locations will ask shoppers to round up their purchase to the next dollar. The Holiday Round Up donations help support life-saving equipment and programs of Beaumont Children’s.

7-Eleven Holiday Campaign until Jan. 10, 2023

Customers of participating 7-Eleven locations will have the option to donate at the register to help support essential programs and life-saving equipment at Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

 

Education and research

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Pediatric Interest Group received the 2022 Pediatric Interest Group of the Year Award!

Pediatric Residency interviews are under way with 1375 applications for eight spots. We will interview 90 candidates.

Association of the COVID-19 Pandemic with Adolescent and Young Adult Eating Disorder Care Volume - PubMed

 

American College of Surgeons Conference Presentations with resident physicians as first authors:

Robotic Repair of a Cholecystoduodenal Fistula

Drs. Michael Tolkacz, Spencer Wilhelm, Begum Akay, Pavan Brahmamdam, Anthony Stallion and Nathan Novotny

 

Robotic Assisted Trans-Abdominal Repair of a Left-sided Morgagni Diaphragmatic Hernia

Drs. Spencer Wilhelm, Michael Tolkacz, Pavan Brahmamdam, Nathan Novotny, Anthony Stallion and Begum Akay

 

Improving American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination Scores Through a Team-Based Approach

Drs. Sean Masters, Kathyrn Howard, Darci Foote, Diane Studzinski, Rose Callahan, Felicia Ivascu and Begum Akay

 

In the news

 

We welcome your Beaumont Children’s stories of interest, compassion, excellence, and collaboration for future newsletters. Please send them to me directly at matthew.denenberg@beaumont.org

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