Summer 2015

This issue features articles on supporting families of low birth weight infants, reducing turnover with exit interviews, and how rounding can improve patient safety.

Features

Managing the Discharge of Low Birth Weight Infants
Once discharged, low birth weight infants and their families often experience challenges that accompany premature birth. Here's how two hospitals have helped neonatal patients and their families make a smooth transition to the home environment.

Patient-centered Neonatal Follow-up
This coordinated care program reduces readmissions, improves outcomes and improves family satisfaction.

Strategic Exit Interviews Reduce Costs and Turnover
Turnover can cost as much as 150 percent of the replaced worker's pay. Find out the real reasons employees are leaving and reduce turnover costs by using exit interviews to drive organizational change.

Lean Tools Help Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
Using lean tools, a new program fosters rounding with a purpose, improves bundle compliance and hopes to prevent patient harm from hospital acquired infections. Here's how.

Family Advocacy Day Participant Shares Her Experience
Read Rene'e Ruth's diary of her visit to Washington, D.C., and learn what it was like for her to meet her legislators and talk to them about children's health. 

Departments

A Look Inside Care Clinics for Children With Medical Complexity
Take a glimpse into some of the nation's leading special care clinics for children with medical complexities.

Hospital Highlight: A New Treatment for Progressive Scoliosis
Providing some scoliosis patients with a care option that fits their lifestyles. 

Commentary: Protecting Patient Safety Is Critical
Future advances in children's hospital patient safety could be in jeopardy. 

A Nurse's Perspective on Caring for Conjoined Twins
This nurse overcame fears to become a member of the twins' extended family, and she experienced one of the most memorable moments of her career. 

Medicaid: Celebrating 50 Years of Covering Kids
Looking back on a program that has evolved to meet the health care needs of more than 30 million children today. 

Timeline: 50 Years of Medicaid Milestones
Here's a look back at the last 50 years of Medicaid milestones.

Editor's Note: The Emotions of the Job Hit Us Hard
Our work brings us closer to what you do every day.

Everyday Hero: Serving Patients and Families
This doctor serves patients at the hospital and members of her community, too. 

Hospital news

Study Reveals Trends in Dog Bite Incidents and Kids

Hospitals Collaborate on Asthma Care Study

Children's Hospitals Decrease Use of CT Scans

Comparing Steroid Use Among Inpatients With Asthma

Association news

Children's Hospitals Have a Voice at National Sepsis Forum
CHA participated in the Rory Staunton Foundation's Second National Forum on Sepsis.

Case Study: Improving the ED Workforce
Here's an example of how one hospital improved productivity while maintaining high quality of care. 

Annual Leadership Conference Updates
Two innovators in the business field are scheduled to speak.

Early Adopters to Support Expansion of Data Programs
CHA is seeking hospitals that can provide new data or participate in new data collection methods.

15 Things To Do Before the Year Ends
Are you getting the most out of your membership? Get access to the tools, resources and insights you need from CHA.

Board Chair's Message: Continued Collaboration Among Children's Hospitals Is Key
We've accomplished so much together. Let's keep the momentum going to make the biggest impact.

AHA and APP Announce New Leadership
CHA congratulates two new leaders to key allied organizations. 

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Children's Hospitals Today, the Children's Hospitals Association quarterly magazine, features articles on issues of interest to administrators, clinicians, trustees and others concerned with child health care and children's hospitals.