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Cincinnati Shriners Hospital names new chief administrator

Randall A. White; Hospital Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnat

(CINCINNATI; July 10, 2019) – Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati is pleased to announce Randall A. White as its Hospital Administrator, effective immediately. White replaces Mark Shugarman, who recently retired from the position after more than five years serving as the pediatric specialty hospital’s chief executive.

“The Board of Governors of Cincinnati Shriners Hospital welcomes Randy White,” said Board Chairman Tim Mason. “We are fortunate to have a person of his caliber as our new administrator and look forward to his leadership as we move into the future.”

White brings more than 20 years of progressive experience to Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, including more than ten years at his most recent position as President and CEO for Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville, Indiana.

“I am truly happy to join the team at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, and look forward to building on the legacy established by this institution,” said White of his new position. “It is an honor to work with this excellent staff to continue the hospital’s mission of providing the region’s finest pediatric specialty care.”

He has a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration as well as a Master of Business Administration from Marshall University South Charleston.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides leading-edge treatment and surgery for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children—Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information, visit www.shrinershospitalcincinnati.org

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Shriners Hospital for Children—Cincinnati researchers take top awards at international burn conference

OSU(CINCINNATI, Ohio; April 16, 2019) – Researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati were awarded First and Second place Overall for two research projects aimed at improving burn treatment outcomes. The awards were presented at the 51st annual American Burn Association (ABA) conference, held April 2-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ABA annual conference highlights the latest developments in burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention. There were 530 research abstracts from around the globe submitted for consideration, from which 292 were chosen for poster presentations at the conference. Cincinnati Shriners Hospital researchers won three Best in Category awards, two of which went on to take the First and Second place Overall.

The First-place Overall winning project, Combinatorial Use of CEAs with Dermal Substitutes Containing Dermal Papilla-like Structures, presented by Megan Malara, tested a new dermal graft material intended to improve outcomes for patients with large burns and insufficient non-burned skin for grafting. Cultured epithelial autograft (CEA) is a skin substitute used to speed wound closure in patients with very large burns, but it is thin and heals with more scarring than normal skin grafts. Preliminary findings show that the new dermal substitute, when combined with CEA, results in healed wounds that appear more like normal skin. Researchers on this project include Malara, Britani Blackstone, Molly Baumann, Danielle DeBruler, Kevin Bailey, Dorothy Supp and Heather Powell.

The Second-place Overall award, Pirfenidone Inhibits Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Genes in Keloid Keratinocytes presented by Latha Satish, focused on a potential treatment to reduce keloid scarring. Keloids are abnormal scars that can grow indefinitely and have a negative impact on quality of life. Results indicated that a drug called Pirfenidone may make keloid scar cells behave more like normal skin cells. This early step could lead to discoveries to treat or even prevent keloid scars. Researchers on this project include Satish, Alexander Evdokiou, Jennifer Hahn and Dorothy Supp.

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“I am proud to see the work of our scientific staff recognized at this prestigious meeting,” said Dorothy M. Supp, PhD, Interim Director of Research for Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. “These presentations exemplify the high quality of research performed by members of the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital scientific staff on a daily basis. These projects in particular offer the promise of improved treatments for patients with large burns or disfiguring scars.”

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital enters MOU with Dayton Children’s- Move a part of trend toward more outpatient treatment

(CINCINNATI, Ohio; March 13, 2019) – Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Dayton Children’s Hospital to explore relocation to the Dayton, Ohio pediatric hospital.  Once binding legal documents are complete, Cincinnati Shriners would lease and occupy separate space on the Dayton campus, remaining a distinct hospital within a hospital.  It is estimated that a final move could occur within the next 16 months.  The pediatric specialty hospital, which provides care for burns as well as cleft lip and palate and plastic and reconstructive surgery, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital Administrator Mark Shugarman said, “These changes are necessary to ensure that our hospital can continue to provide the finest pediatric specialty care for the next 50 years.  Current healthcare trends require us to adjust our delivery model to more accurately reflect today’s environment.”

Over the past decades, there has been a decline in the severity and number of pediatric burns in the U.S., especially those requiring a lengthy hospital stay.  This is due in large part to education and prevention efforts, many of which have been spearheaded by the Shriners Hospital system. This move will enable Cincinnati Shriners Hospital to deliver its specialty services more efficiently, purchasing certain services from the Dayton hospital.

“Trends in healthcare have shifted toward more outpatient care,” said Shugarman. “Today, approximately 85 percent of pediatric medical procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, including burn care.  The new location will allow Shriners Hospitals for Children to maintain its southwest Ohio presence with a surgical facility designed to meet and exceed today’s medical standards for its exceptional care.”

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital first opened in 1968 as the Shriners Burns Institute, a part of Cincinnati General Hospital, now called University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  It is one of four Shriners Hospitals specializing in pediatric burn treatment and has become the gold standard for childhood burn care as well as research on breakthroughs like engineered skin to replace grafting.

In 1992, the hospital moved into its current location at 3229 Burnet Avenue, expanding to include services including cleft lip and palate, specialty wound treatment and plastic and reconstructive surgery.  The hospital has always treated patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay, drawing from more than 26 states across the U.S. as well as countries around the world.

A timeline for the move has not yet been fully determined, but it is hoped that patients would be seen at the new location by summer of 2020. Until that time, both new and existing patients will continue to be cared for at the Burnet Avenue location.

# # # Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions.  Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation.  The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information visit shrinershospitalcincinnati.org  

Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati Human Resources Manager receives national recognition

gretchenaward(CINCINNATI; July 24, 2018) – Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati is pleased to announce that Human Resources Manager Gretchen Long is one of two recipients of the 2018 Gary Willis Leadership Award from the American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA). She was nominated by Kathy Zaeske, Director of Patient Care services for the hospital.

The award recognizes mid-level managers and directors who have made outstanding leadership and operations contributions to their organization. It includes a $1,000 cash prize as well as a feature article in the winter issue of HR Pulse magazine.

Long was selected for her commitment to the healthcare HR community, stated Catherine Carruth, ASHHRA Executive Director. She will be recognized at the 54th Annual ASHHRA Conference and Exposition in Pittsburgh, PA, September 16 through 18.

“Gretchen has always been a great advocate for our employees; she recognizes that our staff members are the hospital’s best assets and consistently supports efforts to enhance their career skills,  said Mark Shugarman, Administrator for Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati.  “When our people do something remarkable, which they often do, Gretchen is their biggest cheerleader.”

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital Welcomes Dr. Scott Rapp

Cleft Palate Team(CINCINNATI; July 31, 2018) Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott J. Rapp to its surgical team as an attending pediatric plastic surgeon/senior investigator.

Dr. Rapp is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and licensed to practice medicine in California, Kentucky, and Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree at Miami University, magna cum laude, and a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Following an integrated plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Dr. Rapp completed a pediatric cleft and craniofacial fellowship at Stanford Medical Center. He is a member of the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association.

Chief of Staff Dr. Petra Warner said, “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Rapp to Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. His expertise in plastic care and reconstruction, along with his research interest in improving craniofacial and wound outcomes, will benefit our patients and make him a great addition to our plastic surgery team.” Dr. Rapp also performs volunteer mission work at the William Solar Children’s Hospital in Havana, Cuba, and is a former professional soccer player.

New equipment enhances speed and accuracy of diagnosis

Carestream DRX-Revolution digital x-ray system

The process of using X-rays to view images of internal bone and tissue has improved greatly since the early days of modern medicine. Initially, film was developed by and in a darkroom, using dangerous chemicals and eating up valuable diagnostic time. Next came analog radiology, followed by vastly improved computerized equipment.

Now, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati is able to offer its young patients the most sophisticated radiology technology available with its new Carestream DRX-Revolution digital X-ray system.

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