Vol. 10, No. 3
Photodynamic Therapy: A Ray of Hope for Cancer Patients
Baclofen Pump Relieves Severe Muscle Stiffness
New Intervention Helps Seal Spinal Fractures
Winthrop�s Program of Radiography Accepts Applications
The Pediatric Special Care Unit
A Regional Resource for Children Requiring Intensive Care
Neonatologist Awarded $2.186 Million for Multi-center Study
Prostate Cancer Screening Planned
Ambulatory Surgery Unit Now Operational
Parent Alert: Four-to-Eight-Year-Olds Need Booster Seats in Cars
New Poison Control Website
October is Breast Health Month
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Nurse Specialist Group
An Educational Resource
More than 500 Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day
Board Member Theodora Hooten Receives
Trustee of the Year� Award
New Conference Center and Library Dedicated
�Evidence-Based Medicine� Training Grant
Winthrop President and CEO Honored by Metropolitan Health Administrators� Association
Hospital Volunteers Needed
An Enchanted Evening
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inthrop's seven-bed Pediatric Special Care Unit is a regional resource which fully meets
the needs of children requiring
intensive care," said Eileen Magri, RN, C, MSN, Administrative Manager
for Maternal/Child Health
at Winthrop. The Pediatric Special Care Unit, part of the Department of Pediatrics, a
component of Winthrop's Institute for Family Care,
adjacent to the 22-bed general Pediatric Unit.
Every clinician's observations and input are vitally important when providing healthcare to children in need of intensive monitoring and care. Neven Pesa, RN,C (L) plans for a new patient, with Mary Ann Dziomba, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager (C) and Laura Miele, RN (R).
Serving critically ill pediatric patients in need of intensive
monitoring and care, from infants just a few days old, through the age of l8, the unit is staffed by Board
registered nurses have been trained along with Winthrop's pediatric resident physicians and undergo
continuing Hospital training
and orientation. Ongoing
inservice education is provided by a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
In addition, Winthrop's Respiratory Therapists are a
constant presence on the Unit.
Board certified specialists, under pediatric pulmonologist Pramod Narula, MD, Director of
the Pediatric Special Care Unit, include pediatric intensivist
Laura Nimkoff, MD and Carlos Montoya, MD, a pediatric
cardiologist. "Pediatric specialists from all clinical disciplines attend the patients as needs arise," said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.
Emotional and spiritual
support are provided to patients and their parents and guardians through counseling and education by Winthrop's human services professionals. A Pediatric Social Worker, the Hospital's Director of Pastoral Care and Education, and the Child Life Program's Specialists work as
a team, imparting information, education, and comfort. For
children, information about their condition, care, and hospital environment is geared to their ages and levels of understanding. Younger children are taught through play therapy.
"There are times when the Pediatric Special Care Unit must mobilize very quickly, and
that's when the Unit's teamwork really shows," commented Mary Ann Dziomba,
RN, MSN, Nurse Manager. "One
of the nurses' goals is to communicate fully with parents," added Eileen Magri. "The patients' primary
parents and guardians as much as possible about
caring for their children at home. Even when home care is indicated, the parents must know how to provide care." Home
care and medical equipment
are arranged by Elena Frassanito, RN, CCM, an experienced pediatric nurse and case manager.
For further information on the Pediatric Special Care Unit
at Winthrop, call Ms. Magri at (516) 663-2361 or 2984.