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Dr. Beck Joins Cardinal Glennon Opthalmology Team

Michelle Beck, OD, recently joined the pediatric ophthalmology team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Beck developed her interest in pediatric ophthalmology while on rotation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Following graduation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she received her Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Beck worked for nearly a year under the direction of pediatric ophthalmologist Oscar Cruz, MD, at Cardinal Glennon to further develop her skills. 

Dr. Beck’s clinical interests include refractive error, amblyopia, strabismus, failed vision screenings and contact lens fittings.

Dr. Beck provides pediatric eye care evaluations and treatments at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis and at Cardinal Glennon’s South County location at St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Building.

To schedule an appointment at Cardinal Glennon, please call 314-678-2174; to schedule an appointment at St. Anthony’s Medical Plaza Building, please call 314-842-3535. To reach Dr. Beck, please call 314-577-5660 or e-mail

Dr. Costa Joins Cardinal Glennon Otolaryngology Team

Dary Costa, MD, is the newest otolaryngologist to join the team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Costa says he wanted to practice at Cardinal Glennon because of the hospital’s “emphasis on excellent clinical care” and his “desire to rejoin the Saint Louis University community,” having completed 5 years of postgraduate training at Saint Louis University Hospital. While practicing at Cardinal Glennon, Dr. Costa plans to build the pediatric airway team and expand the pediatric sinusitis program. His research and clinical interests include pediatric sinusitis, hearing loss, and airway reconstruction.

In regard to patient care, Dr Costa says, “I will treat every patient thoughtfully and with compassion.”


  • MD: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Internship: Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Residency: Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship: Saint Louis Children’s Hospital

To schedule an otolaryngology/ENT appointment at Cardinal Glennon, please call 314-268-4008. To reach Dr. Costa, please call 314-577-5675 or e-mail

2012 Glennon Express Guides Arrive in Physician Offices This Week

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Cardinal Glennon PICU Rates Best in Missouri, Among Best in the Country
The Consumer Reports story titled "Dangerous infections are more likely in pediatric units" reports an investigative study by Consumer Reports Health Rating Center. Sample and findings:
  • 92 pediatric ICUs in 31 states and DC
  • Year group 2010
  • Data source: Leap Frog (voluntary reporting)
  • Limited analysis to hospitals with large enough samples to yield statistically meaningful results 
  •  Compared hospitals that treat sickest patients in their regions
  • Average of 1.8/1000 days on the lines = 20% higher than national rates for adults (1.5 per 1000 in 2009)
  • Some PICUs had rates as high as 7.2, more than 4 times national average

The story ranks PICUs on a scale of 5 (best) to 1 (worst). PICUs are listed by institution and grouped by state.

Click here to read the story and see how SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center ranks.  

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  

Click here to see how it works.

Focus on Obstetrics Magazine Featuring Diabetes
For the latest Focus on Obstetrics magazine featuring diabetes, click here.

To view past issues of SSM Maternity Care's Focus on Obstetrics or Cardinal Glennon's Focus on Pediatrics magazines, click
New Pediatrics on Demand Presentation - Earn Free CME Credit Online, On Your Time
New Lecture Available:
"Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Neurosurgery" -Samer Elbabaa, MD
To view a presentation: Logon to

Username: ds\r010-online

Password: webcme

To earn 1 CME Credit from St. Louis University School of Medicine:

Choose the link icon above the presenter’s window. Click TEST LINK. Register (if you haven’t already), take the quiz and finish the evaluation. Certificates generate to your e-mail address within 48 hours.

Middle East Teen Gets Life-Altering Surgery at Cardinal Glennon
Custome Skull Implant USed for Hadil's Surgery.
Custom made skull implants used
for Hadil's surgery.
In 2008, Hadil Al-Sammouni's home was struck by a missile during an extreme period of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. The strike left Hadil with two huge holes in her skull and chronic headaches. In 2011, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Division Director of Neurosurgery Dr. Samer Elbabaa was contacted about Hadil's case. With Dr. Elbabaa's expertise and help from SSM Cardinal Glennon, Hadil came to St. Louis and underwent neurosurgery in November. See the news clip and read the full story here.
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

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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.


Sherlyn Hailstone, President

John Peter, MD, Medical Staff President

Robert Wilmott, MD, Chief of Pediatrics

Dennis Vane, MD, Chief of Surgery


Cardiothoracic Surgeon Charles Huddleston, MD, Joins the SSM Cardinal Glennon Cardiology Team


Charles Huddleston, MD

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Charles B. Huddleston, MD, FACS, FACC, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Huddleston is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric heart and lung surgery and congenital heart disease and the most experienced surgeon in the Midwest in combined pediatric heart-lung transplantation. He is proud to join Cardiothoracic Surgeon Andrew Fiore, MD in providing state-of-the- art cardiovascular and surgical care at the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon.

"I am excited for the opportunity to work with my good friend Dr. Andy Fiore and such a highly engaged, skilled team of doctors and nurses, all of whom are focused on providing technologically advanced, comprehensive and considerate care," says Dr. Huddleston

Recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America" for many years, Dr. Huddleston serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, has authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 surgical textbook chapters. He is also a member of many prestigious associations of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons in the United States. His special interests include surgical treatment of arrhythmias associated with congenital heart disease, transplantation, chest wall deformities, airway abnormalities and congenital lung deformities in children. In addition, Dr. Huddleston is a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and served on active duty in Bahrain during the first Persian Gulf War.

"Dr. Huddleston is a fantastic addition to the team at SSM Cardinal Glennon, bringing a high level of surgical expertise and compassionate care that our patients expect," says Kenneth Schowengerdt, MD, Division Director of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon and Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

In addition to Cardiothoracic Surgeons Drs. Huddleston and Fiore, the Cardiology team at SSM Cardinal Glennon is made up of eight pediatric cardiologists skilled in a range of specialties from fetal cardiology to interventional cardiology. In July, the hospital introduced the first pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite in the St. Louis region, which allows interventionalists and surgeons to diagnose and fix complex heart problems simultaneously in one space.

"The exceptional technology at SSM Cardinal Glennon allows me to offer my patients the highest level of care with the latest innovations," Dr. Huddleston says." My goal has always been to help children with heart problems grow up to be healthy and happy, and I look forward to continuing that mission with such a strong heart program."

Click here to learn more about Dr. Huddleston.

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