All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla., received from 14 local credit unions a $1.5-million gift that will allow the hospital to establish a comprehensive center for children with autism and related disorders. The Autism Center at All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will be funded in part through this five-year gift from Tampa Bay Area Credit Unions for Kids. The goal is for the center to be fully operational by spring of 2012.Yolanda Sewell, RN
“Providing services for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families is one of the major challenges of our times,” ACH president & CEO Gary Carnes said in a news release. “It is the most frequent reason children are referred to All Children’s developmental and rehabilitation services for diagnosis and treatment.”
Funds will be used for things such as medical, developmental, behavioral assessments and case management; scholarships for needy patients to receive services; funding of family support groups and behavioral training; and staff education.Cony Cubides, RN
In other news, Lynn Buscaino, RN, was named the June 2011 Daisy Award recipient. The DAISY Award is presented monthly to a nurse who has provided extraordinary service to patients. A parent recently commented: “She has consistently stayed with our family ‘through thick and thin’ and has been an instrumental figure by continuing to emphasize the importance of my input and voice in my child’s well-being.”
Yolanda Sewell, RN, is the July 2011 DAISY Award recipient. A parent recently commented: “She is a great example of what a nurse should be at All Children’s.”
Cony Cubides, RN, was named the August 2011 DAISY Award recipient. A parent commented: “Our life as parents has started out on a firm foundation largely due to Cony’s help. She also helped us to navigate finding a place to stay close by and take care of ourselves.”Participants and staff of the Pediatric RN Residency Program
In other news, 24 nurses started their ACH careers in August in the All Children’s Pediatric RN Residency Program, a 12-month program that is integrated into the existing clinical education structure. The program provides nurses with knowledge, skills and support as they transition from the academic setting to the hospital setting. Upon completion of the residency, the RN is skilled and competent to care for acutely ill infants and children.
“We have received applicants from all over the country,” Hella Ewing, ACH vice president and CNO, said in a news release. “We continue to look for the best of the best.”