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This is a compilation of monthly happenings at the hospital with updates and stories on staff, patients, and events.


INSIDE JUNE 22, 2012

Disney Pixar Hosts Benefit for ChildrensOn June 12, Disney Pixar hosted a screening of its new animated feature lm, Brave, at Pixars Emeryville campus to benet Childrens Hospital Oakland. Supporters, patients, and family members were treated to a reception and guided tours of the studio in addition to the screening. The event raised close to $60,000. Disney Pixar has been a beloved supporter of Childrens Hospital Oakland over the years, hosting many benet premiere screenings for its lms. You can also nd the animation studios colorful artwork from Finding Nemo in Childrens Radiology waiting room.


News for Childrens Hospital & Research Center OaklandJUNE 22, 2012


YOGATHON 2012 Saturday, June 30Join the Yogathon to stretch and strengthen the community while supporting Childrens! The rst ever Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area Yogathon benetting Childrens Hospital Oakland is Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond. The event will include yoga, music, ra e, and more in support of your childrens hospital. Signup today at www.yogareachesout. Get in on the Yogathon fun by joining Team Happy Babies, started by Neonatology nurse Cindy Collinson, MSN, CNS, NNP. The team name is inspired by Cindys work in Childrens NICU and is also a challenging yoga pose. Email Cindy at ccollinson@mail.cho. org to join Team Happy Babies.

Childrens Employees Celebrated at Annual DinnerOn April 27, a record breaking 500 people gathered to celebrate the milestone career achievements of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and yes, even 45-year Childrens sta ers at the annual Employee Recognition Dinner. All honorees were recognized for their commitment to Childrens patients and mission, but the standout of the night was Ester Lee Moses-Gaston, RN, who has been at Childrens for 45 years. Ester rst came to Childrens C1, now Pediatric Rehab, in 1966, and has since served in several units throughout the hospital as charge Clockwise from top left: 45 year honoree Ester nurse, assistant head nurse, preceptor, patient Lee Moses-Gaston, RN, with her husband; Brenda Husband, Human Resources, and 40-year honoree and sta advocate, mentor, friend, colleague, and Gerri Ann Gomez, RRT; 35-year honoree Mary master IV starter. Today you can nd Ester in the Frazier, RN, MSN, with daughter and Hematology/ Pediatric Rehab unit. Oncology patient care assistant, Cat Frazier., In honor of her years of service, Ester was presented with an award from President and CEO Bert Lubin, MDand thats when the fun began. As Ester waltzed her way up to the stage as the live band played a tune from the 60s, Dr. Lubin joined her on the dance oor and the two broke out in a spontaneous dance party amidst cheers from the audience. Among the 388 employee honorees were four employees awarded 40-year pins: Patricia Giuntini, CLS, senior clinical lab scientist; Gerri Ann Gomez, RRT, respiratory therapist; David McKasson, CLS, Lab Information Systems and Lab Functions Manager; and Sue Shultz, RN.

Katia Merriam, Childrens Foundation, and her family including husband Erik, kids Emiko and Dogen, and family friend Abigail, daughter of Primary Care pediatrician Gena Lewis, MD, at the Brave screening.

Lights for Life Bring Joy to Cancer PatientsAt a special presentation in the Outpatient Center on June 7, Emani, 7, a Childrens patient, and Sadie, 11, received special gifts of stu ed animals, zoo memberships, and checks all made possible by recycled Christmas tree lights. Lights for Lifes John and Linda Worthington collect and recycle the lights and use the funds to help kids and families living with childhood cancer. Childrens Oncology social workers and Foundation sta coordinated Emanis nomination for the award.

Theresa Root, RN, CPON; Tracy Jones, MSW; Emani, 7; Anne Marsh, MD; Sadie, 11; Joe Torkildson, MD; and Marianne Ohlson, RN, celebrate Lights for Lifes gifts to the girls.

CHORI-bar is Nutritious and Improves Disease RiskCHORI Senior Scientist and National Medal of Science winner Bruce N. Ames, PhD, and a team of scientists have developed a lowcalorie fruit-based high ber vitamin and mineral nutrition bar called the CHORI-bar that increases anti-oxidant defenses and Bruce Ames, PhD improves biological indicators associated with risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Dr. Ames and his colleagues including Mark Shigenaga, PhD, lead author Michele Mietus-Snyder, MD, and Joyce McCann, PhD, have been working on the CHORI-bar for eight years. The goal was to develop a nutrient-rich bar to help restore optimal nutritional balance in people eating poor diets, and to help transition them to healthier eating habits. Even people eating relatively healthy diets are not getting all the nutrients they need, which results in insidious damage that we believe increases risk of chronic disease, said Dr. Ames.The CHORI-bar supplies these nutrients in a food-based matrix. A lot of nutritional thought went into this. The CHORI-bar is much tastier than earlier recipes, according to Dr. Shigenaga. It is quite satiating, and at only approximately 110 calories, it may

Fun Fridays on the CourtyardGrab your shades and relax out on the Courtyard with your colleagues this summer. On select Fridays, there will be music, entertainment, and snacks available for purchase.

June 29, July 27, and August 24 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Cindy Collinson, MSN, CNS, NNP, invites you to join her Team Happy Babies for the rst annual Yogathon benetting Childrens.

Bring a beach towel or blanket, and enjoy your lunch outdoors. Fun Fridays are also a time to sport your favorite Childrens logowear and jeans. Need logowear? Grab hats, t-shirts, and other gear in the newly redesigned Gift Shop.

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be helpful in weight reduction programs. The rst research report on the CHORI-bar will appear in the August 2012 FASEB Journal (the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) published online on May 1, 2012. An article about the CHORI-bar appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, May 20.

INSIDE JUNE 22, 2012

T h e B UZZ Around TownNew Pagers Now LiveThe new pagers from Cook Paging rolled out this week may look similar to the old ones, but you need to be aware of signicant changes: 1) The external pager prex is now 718. When dialing a pager from outside the hospital, dial (510) 718 + pager number. Still dial 77 + pager number internally. 2) Listen to the new prompts when you call a pager. When dialing internally, the line will ring once before the beeping prompt to enter the 4-digit pager number. You must hang-up after entering your numeric page and pressing #. 3) Make sure you are in the correct paging group. If you were previously in a pager group such as Trauma, your new pager will only be in this group if you sign-up for it. Not sure if you are in the right group? Contact All old pagers must be turned in or your department will be charged. Contact:

Hospital Week 2012The second annual Hospital Week in May celebrated employees with daily dress-up themes, activities, and fun all around. The sta appreciation week brought back favorite activities including the Olympics, BBQ, and Talent Show. New fun included a cupcake bake-o and food truck eat-out. Sta got in the spirit sporting jeans and popular dress-up themes including 70s wear and cowboy/cowgirl duds. The Employee Giving Campaign was a success with an increase in employee payroll deductions. Top donating departments include Food Services, Hematology/Oncology, and, for the second year in a row, Finance. A photo slideshow is coming to the Cafeteria soon.

CHORIs Ron Krauss, MD, Honored by American Diabetes AssociationCHORI Senior Scientist Ron Krauss, MD, was honored at the American Diabetes Associations annual meeting with the Edwin Bierman Award Lecture earlier this month in Philadelphia. Dr. Krauss was honored for his outstanding contributions in the eld of diabetes-related macrovascular complications and related risk factors.

Ron Krauss, MD



Epic LaunchesThe Epic (Childrens new electronic medical record system) team was selected in May and the project kicked o on June 12. New o ce space located in Emeryvilles EmeryTech building. The team, including several Childrens employees shifting to new roles, will travel to Epics Wisconsin headquarters this summer for training. Epic is anticipated to go live at Childrens in October 2013.

5 3Childrens Epic team is setting up shop in Emeryvilles EmeryTech building, near the new Finance o ces.





Gift Shop Gets a Makeover

Patient Safety Alert SystemThe June QBI activities have been focused on the patient safety alert system. After completing a kaizen (improvement project) on patient safety event identication and response in May, the second workshop focused on investigation and root cause analysis (known as RCA, root cause analysis is a method used to identify the cause of a problem or event). The third and nal workshop was centered on implementation of the ndings from an RCA and closure. The goal of this series of workshops is to have a system that is responsive and ensures that the highest possible patient safety is delivered at Childrens. Education about the new system will