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EVERYDAY HERO Serving with empathy This child life specialist knows what it's like to be a patient. A D M I N I S T R ATO R N E W S Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida named Kathy BridgeLiles chief administrative officer. She was previously the interim administrator. Children's Hospital of Michigan named Larry M. Gold president. He recently served as president of British Columbia Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre in Vancouver. h o s p i ta l n e w s Sarah Okot helps a patient take his mind off of his recent appendectomy with one of his favorite things-building Lego sculptures. S arah Okot's experience with Phoenix Children's Hospital has spanned the 30 years the hospital has been open. Born 10 weeks early, she spent a month in the hospital's NICU. When she was eight, she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and after a hard fight, was cured a year later. Today, she's a child life specialist at the hospital. What is your idea of happiness? Making other people happy, turning a frown upside down, making a positive difference in another person's negative experience. What are your greatest achievements? Surviving stage 4 cancer at the age of 8; being a founding board member of the Phoenix Children's Advisory Council; graduating from Arizona State, and becoming a certified child life specialist. What is your biggest weakness? Putting everyone else's needs before myself, which can lead to burnout. What is your pet peeve? People who are always on their cellphones when they're around friends and family. What's your favorite way to spend time? Cooking, hiking or chilling with my husband, and watching Netflix over a bowl of popcorn. What is your most treasured possession? My home. It's a place of peace, comfort and hospitality. What quality is most important in a friend? Someone who is encouraging. What traits do you value in a colleague? A team player who is flexible, reliable and supportive. Who are your heroes? My dad for being humble and having the biggest servant's heart. My mom for being a hard worker while wearing several hats in her career. My sister, Jamie, for being the strongest person I know. She has been through hard times, yet she still knows how to have fun. My sister, Anna, for being the smartest and most tender-hearted girl I know. Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenGreenville unveiled a new imaging system that will give surgeons a 3-D view of patients' bone structures while reducing exposure to radiation. The system will provide a life-size picture of the full skeleton while using a radiation dose nine times smaller than a conventional X-ray and 20 times smaller than a CT scan. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has invested $50 million in a new biotech start-up that seeks to be the nation's first commercial provider of gene therapy. Spark Therapeutics will assume control of two clinical trials that originated at the hospital, one in which patients with a rare form of blindness already have regained some vision, the other an early-stage effort to treat hemophilia B. What are your favorite childhood memories? Going on a hot air balloon ride and to Hawaii with my family. Nationwide Children's Hospital and Dayton Children's Hospital joined forces to deliver outpatient services in Springfield, Ohio, a city where the two had briefly competed. The joint venture, called the Ohio Pediatric Care Alliance, will reduce duplication of services. Nominate an everyday hero from your hospital. Email Send hospital news and updates to children's hospital s today Winter 2014 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Children's Hospitals Today - Winter 2014

Children's Hospitals Today - Winter 2014
Edito's Note
President's Message
First Person
Everyday Hero
Reader Commentary
Helping Kids Affected by Burns
Behind the Numbers
Hands On
Healing Spaces
Board Member q&a
Public Policy Update
Child’s Story

Children's Hospitals Today - Winter 2014