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Message from the Chairman
Apr 1, 2007

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The department of Pediatrics continues to have forward progress in its quest to deliver the finest quality in patient care.   To this end, we have several on-going projects and initiatives to help us achieve our goals.   Briefly, I would like to outline them for you:


Since July, 2006, we are the only hospital in Suffolk County providing 24-7 , in-house neonatology attending coverage in our NICU.   Our participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) initiatives has resulted in significant improvements in outcomes regarding retinopathy of prematurity and infant nutrition.


A Community Physician Executive Council has been established to facilitate ongoing communication between the academic department and community physicians regarding issues of importance to the hospital, patients and physicians.   We had our first meeting in March and are confident that this group will help us identify, understand and bring resolution to the issues.


Pediatric Urgent care is currently being staged to fold into the Hospital Emergency Department under the auspice of an   “Immediate Care” designation.   I am pleased to report that as with Urgent Care, Immediate Care will be staffed with our faculty pediatricians consistent with the current Urgent Care hours of operation.   As we get closer to our mid-May target date, more details will follow.


The new Cancer Building opened its doors in February.   It is a brand new, state-of-the-art building primarily dedicated to Oncologic disorders.   The department of Pediatric division of Hematology and Oncology has moved its outpatient practice to this location to see and treat their patients.


The School Re-entry Program of the Pediatric Oncology Program was awarded the “Educator of the Year” by the Three Village Herald, and is a principal component of a community based physical rehabilitation program grant awarded through the Lance Armstrong Foundation.


We have also made a number of key faculty recruitments in Neonatology, Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology to support our growing specialty services.


The Chairman search has been concluded and three potential candidates have been identified by the search committee and submitted to the Dean for the School of Medicine.   It is expected that resolution to this position will be concluded in April 2007.


I hope you enjoy this issue and find the content interesting and useful.   Let me conclude with my thoughts on how we can continue to move forward.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead


I thank you all for your dedication and commitment to the department.




Latha Chandran , MD , MPH

Interim Chairman,

Department of Pediatrics


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