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Free Epic Care Link Service For Real-Time Access to Patient Information
Epic Care Link is an easy, web-based tool for community physicians, nurses and office managers to receive and access real-time information regarding their patients.
 
Epic Care Link Features:
  • Read-only access to your patient’s entire chart from your desktop or laptop computer
  • Notifications sent to your e-mail any time one of your patients visit the Emergency Department, is admitted or discharged, or has lab/imaging results available for review
  • Lab/Imaging results, OP notes, admission H&P, consults and outpatient clinic notes available as soon as signed by a Cardinal Glennon specialist

If you would like to sign up for the free Epic Care Link service, please contact Jane Beckman, Connectivity Coordinator at jane_beckman@ssmhc.com.  

Click here to see how it works.

SSM Cardinal Glennon Improves Primary Care Physician Communications Process

Dear Physician Partners,

Over the past year, you have provided us valuable feedback regarding our primary care physician communications process. Some of the feedback shows that we have made progress, but other observations prove that we can not yet deem that progress a success. Because consistent communication remains a top priority at SSM Cardinal Glennon, we have made many changes that are reflective of your feedback. From patient admission to discharge, take a look at how we’ve improved our communication with you:

Primary Care Physician Communications Process

Click here or the image above to view/print a full size version.

We continue to make strides in communication, and we vow to make every effort to get it right. Since modifying the communications process last month, we’ve already heard from some of you. Dr. George Anderson of Preferred Pediatrics said, “I’ve had multiple patients admitted since Cardinal Glennon’s new communication process took effect, and I was notified promptly with each admission.”

Our commitment as a hospital is to provide the best medical care for our patients, and we know that notifying and informing you of patient admissions, discharges and changes in care are integral parts of fulfilling that responsibility. Your input regarding our communication is greatly appreciated and a significant factor in our continued improvement. Please contact any of us directly with your comments.

Sincerely,

Sherlyn Hailstone, President

John Peter, MD, Medical Staff President

Robert Wilmott, MD, Chief of Pediatrics

Dennis Vane, MD, Chief of Surgery

 

SSM Cardinal Glennon Concussion Clinic Opened This Month

 

The new SSM Cardinal Glennon Concussion Clinic opened on Dec. 7. The mult-disciplinary clinic staffed by Cardinal Glennon and Saint Louis University Neurologist Raman Malhotra, MD, and Cardinal Glennon Neuro-Psychologist Stacey Woodrome, PhD. will be held each Wednesday from 8 a.m.-noon.

Research across multiple disciplines on pediatric concussions has greatly increased over the years, proving that pediatric brains are more vulnerable to injury and pediatric patients experience more severe symptoms and require more time to recover from a concussion. The Missouri Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Act (“A youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain injury must be removed from competition at that time and for at least 24 hours. He or she must not return to competition until being evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.”) is a Missouri state law that requires children and adolescents to be seen immediately by concussion experts. With this information, we know we are providing an important service to your patients.

 

To schedule a patient to be seen during the Concussion Clinic, please call 314-577-5338.

Maintaining a Safe and Welcoming Environment are Top Priorities for New Visitor Management Process

 

In the event you or your patients will be visiting SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in the future, we wanted to make you aware of a new visitor screening process at Cardinal Glennon that will enhance patient safety. 

   

Sherlyn Hailstone, president of SSM Cardinal Glennon, says that entrance screening and badging is becoming a nationwide trend at pediatric hospitals as an important part of the standard of care. 
   

“This new process is a proactive way to keep our patients, families and visitors safe, as well as showing them how we do it,” Hailstone said. “Screening visitors and providing badges puts the right measures in place at the right time - when visitors first arrive on campus.”

  

The welcoming and family friendly process will be quick and easy for patients, referring physicians and visitors. “Typically, we will screen and print a badge within 30 to 45 seconds,” said Rick Hubbard, Team Leader for Security.  

   

Visitors will need to show a form of identification, such as a Driver’s License or school-issued ID card. Visitors without an ID will have their photo taken and printed on their visitor badge.

  

SSM Physician Organization or Glennon Care physicians may bypass the visitor screening process if they wear their employee ID badges when entering the hospital at the Main Entrance. Badges must be worn above the waist and visible to the screening staff. Any employee arriving without an ID badge is screened, which requires showing a form of identification, and is issued a temporary badge.

  

The new visitor management process is scheduled to begin in November at the Main Entrance and Emergency Department. 

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center 2011 Community Update
 
Click here to view the 2011 SSM Cardinal Glennon Community Update.  
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Services at Cardinal Glennon

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology’s clinical services total nearly 6,000 outpatient visits, nearly 3,000 inpatient hospital stays and more than 1,000 endoscopic procedures each year. Outpatient services are offered weekly at Cardinal Glennon, St. Anthony’s Medical Center in South St. Louis County, St. Joseph’s Medical Park in St. Charles County, St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.; monthly in Jefferson City, Mo.; and quarterly in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (Click here for a list of Close to Home Clinic schedules.)

The Division evaluates and treats patients with a wide range of medical conditions including: Abdominal pain, abnormal liver tests, achalasia, Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune disease of the liver and GI tract, biliary atresia, birth defects of the GI tract, bowel transplant, celiac disease, cirrhosis, congenital anomalies of the liver and GI tract, constipation, Crohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, eosinophilic esophagitis and gastritis, esophageal stricture and anomalies, failure to thrive, fatty liver disease, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, gastrostomy and feeding tube placement and management, GI bleeding, GI motility disease, Hirschsprung's disease, infectious hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice, liver transplant, metabolic liver disease, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer disease, polyposis, poor feeding, poor growth, rectal bleeding, ulcerative colitis and vomiting.

Click here to learn more about the Gastroenterology and Hepatology team at Cardinal Glennon.

To schedule an appointment with the Gastroenterology and Hepatology team at Cardinal Glennon, please call 314-678-2178.

 

 

Register Now for the 2011 Sister Noreen McGowan Pediatric Nursing Conference on Oct. 7
For more than 25 years, the Sister Noreen McGowan Pediatric Nursing Conference, hosted by SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, has provided excellence in pediatric nursing education.
 
This year's conference will focus on emerging therapies, alarming new trends and new approaches to age-old concerns. Empahsis will be placed on the challenges of the medically complex child and how the nurse's attention to detail and safety impacts the outcome.
 
Click here to see the brochure and registration form.  
Endoscopic Techniques in the Management of Hydrocephalus

Did you know that incidence of congenital hydrocephalus is 3 per 1,000 live births?

What is Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is caused by disturbance of formation, flow, or absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that leads to an increase in volume occupied by this fluid in the central nervous system. There are two major types of hydrocephalus:

1.     Communicating – includes CSF over-production (idiopathic or due to choroid plexus tumors) or less CSF absorption at level of sub-arachnoid space and arachnoid villi due to hemorrhage or neonatal meningitis

2.     Non-communicating (obstructive) – caused by CSF flow obstruction due to idiopathic aqueductal stenosis, brain tumors (pineal, tectal, brainstem, fourth ventricle), infection, hemorrhage or congenital cysts

How can the Division of Neurosurgery at Cardinal Glennon help your patients with hydrocephalus?

Minimally-invasive neuro-endoscopy techniques performed by the Cardinal Glennon neurosurgery team can be used to treat selected pediatric patients with hydrocephalus, reducing pain, blood loss, scarring and recovery time. 

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV)

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is a minimally-invasive neuro-endoscopy procedure that has become well accepted as a standard treatment option for selected patients with symptomatic obstructive hydrocephalus and established as an alternative to both initial ventriculoperitoneal (VP) or ventriculoatrial (VA) shunt implantation and to revision of a failed shunt. ETV’s indications can also be expanded to include certain cases of communicating hydrocephalus. Multiple studies looking at complications, long term ETV success and risk factors for failure in both adult and pediatric populations have suggest outcomes comparable or better than shunting.

In select patients with obstructive hydrocephalus, ETV as an alternative to permanent shunting can avoid the high risk of complications related to shunting. Ventricular shunts have up to 80% lifetime risk of complications and 10% infection rate, mostly in the first year after implantation. Average life of a shunt is about 6-8 years.

Division Director of Neurosurgery at Cardinal Glennon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Samer Elbabaa, MD, is available 24/7 to community physicians, surgical specialists and patients. All referrals and questions are welcome. To reach Dr. Elbabaa: 314-577-5306 or selbabaa@slu.edu 

Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support September 23 & 24
 
Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS) is a Society of Critical Care Medicine intense pediatric critical care course for anyone who may care for children with critical care needs in an ICU or ER setting.  It is an accredited course for physicians, surgeons, residents, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, critical care EMT’s, Paramedics, and Transport Teams.
 
Course Dates:
Friday, September 23, 2011 and
Saturday, Semptember 24, 2011
 
Friday, April 27 2012 and
Saturday, April 28, 2012
 
Register early as each student must read 11 of the 24 PFCCS textbook chapters prior to attending.
 
Click here to learn more.
 
 
 
SSM Cardinal Glennon Opens Hybrid Cardiac Suite, Only One of Its Kind in St. Louis Metro Area
This week, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center became the first pediatric hospital in the area with a state of the art hybric cardiac suite. The hybrid suite at Cardinal Glennon enables cardiac surgeries and catheterization procedures to be carried out simultaneously in one space. The suite is equipped with a Toshiba biplane system that includes flat-panel imaging technology, 3D rotational angiography and fluoroscopic recording.
 

 

 
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