Joseph Marotta was a healthy kindergartner when he contracted — and died from — the H1N1 flu. Today his parents advocate for influenza vaccination through the organization, Families Fighting Flu. Hear their story, and hear from infectious disease expert, Dr. Jana Shaw in this heartbreaking interview.
Margaret Nellis, MS, CCLS, manager of the Child Life Program at Upstate, will explain how the animal assisted activities program at Upstate brings smiles and comfort to young patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Nellis is joined by animal assisted activities volunteer Cindy Griffith and her therapy dog Sabastian, an adorable 10 year old toy poodle.
To participate, dogs of varied breeds are screened by a veterinarian, and are Canine Citizenship Certified. All pet owners are processed through the Upstate Volunteer Department and the Child Life Program for an interview and orientation. PAWS of CNY.
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Tamer Ahmed, MD, medical director of Upstate’s pediatric trauma services, and Steve Adkisson, RN, pediatric trauma program manager, tells us what it takes for a hospital to receive Level 1 trauma designation in New York state. Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital were the first in the state to receive national verification as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in recognition of the optimal trauma care the center provides patients.
Music therapist Clare Arezina talks about the role of music therapy in the Child Life Program at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Music therapists assess a patient’s needs, develop a treatment plan using music, and provide music interventions according to the treatment plan. View the video
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Upstate pediatrician Steven Blatt MD is joined by Patrick Smith DDS, program director of the residency dental service at Upstate, to talk about the importance of dental care for children. They discuss a new $65,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital that will integrate preventive dental and oral health screenings into routine well-child exams. Read the story: Golisano Children’s Hospital receives grant for dental care.
Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers
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Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinatorof theCentral New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign. For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108
Upstate developmental pediatrician Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, talks about the main issues that remain regarding children with disabilities in terms of access to physical education and sports activities. She is joined by Peyton Sefick, a Syracuse University graduate assistant and power wheelchair soccer player who has been highly active in promoting adaptive sports. They are both involved in the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN), a collaborative initiative launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dosa is a senior fellow at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and the first professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate. Sefick was selected to play on Team USA, which won the 2012 FIPFA World Cup, and is the team captain for CNY United, which won the 2012 Champions Cup.