In May, Children's launched a social marketing campaign to help educate Boston families about how to eat right and be more active right in their own neighborhoods. With funding from Kohl's Department Stores, the Healthy Family Fun campaign promotes fun; low-cost, family-oriented activities and resources that promote healthy weight.
The campaign features local families and resources in MBTA station posters and billboards as well as on the Web site. Parents, teens and obesity experts provided input throughout the development of the campaign on all of the messages, activities and resources to encourage families to be active, eat well and have fun together. The impact of the campaign and its messages will be evaluated to assess its effectiveness in increasing physical activity and healthy eating behaviors among children in the targeted communities.
Learn more: healthyfamilyfun.org
Following two multi-part documentaries about Johns Hopkins, ABC-TV spent four months at Children's, Mass General and Brigham and Women's hospitals last spring filming an eight-part documentary-style series on daily life in the three academic medical centers.
The series is scheduled to air Thursday nights from June 24 through August 12 at 10 p.m. Each hour focuses on a patient or caregiver from one of the three hospitals.
More information: bostonmed.abcnews.com/
Children's Stem Cell Program has launched a comprehensive Web site aimed at educating the public about the importance of stem cell research. The site includes an About Stem Cells section, sections on disease-specific research and on innovations at Children's, a news room, and video interviews with stem cell scientists Leonard Zon, MD, and George Daley, MD, PhD, and with families supporting stem cell research.
Visit the site at stemcell.childrenshospital.org
On June 8 at 10 a.m. EST, Children's specialists will perform a pial synangiosis on a patient with Moyamoya. While showing the live procedure, pioneered by Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Michael Scott, MD, a multidisciplinary team will discuss the symptoms and diagnosis of Moyamoya, the care of cerebrovascular diseases and stroke at Children's and the neuropsychological management of patients with Moyamoya and other cerebrovascular diseases. Viewers can email questions to the team during the live event. The archive will be available on June 9.
More information: childrenshospital.org/webcast
Children's Endocrine Division has instituted a New Onset Diabetes Fast Track Program. It allows a subset of stable patients who don't require acute triage services to be directly admitted to an inpatient medical unit, avoiding the Emergency Department.
The criteria and communication algorithm for the fast track have been fine-tuned during a six-month pilot program. There were no adverse outcomes and the program was received positively by all parties. About 10 percent of all new onset diabetes mellitus patients came in through the fast track during the pilot. We hope to increase this number once more providers are aware of the program. We look forward to your ongoing feedback as we continue to evaluate the success of this program.
Children's has been designated a Surgical Safety Checklist Mentor Hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The Mentor Hospital distinction is granted to hospitals whose staff mentors other organizations seeking support and clinical expertise in an ongoing effort to improve health care worldwide. Children's is now listed at a Mentor Hospital on the IHI's "Improvement Map" of reliable routes to exceptional hospital care.