Children’s Hospital announced the largest charitable donation in its history: a landmark $50 million gift from the Buerger family toward construction of a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility. Currently being built on Main Campus in West Philadelphia, the 12-floor, 700,000 square-foot building will be named the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
The family gift, made by Alan and Constance Buerger, Reid and Krista Buerger, and Grant Buerger, marks a milestone in the Hospital’s $100 million capital campaign to fund the new outpatient facility.
At the Buerger Center’s projected opening in 2015, it will be the most advanced outpatient pediatric medical facility in the world. In addition to spacious waiting rooms, underground parking for 1,500 vehicles, a 14,000 square-foot roof garden, and a 2.6-acre landscaped outdoor plaza, the Buerger Center will have advanced electronic systems to reduce wait times and expedite registration and checkout. A fully integrated electronic health records will bring the facility closer to a paperless system.
“The Buerger’s $50 million investment represents a gift to innumerable children and families who come from the region, the nation and around the world for advanced outpatient care to be provided in this facility,” says Steven M. Altschuler, MD, CHOP CEO. “This facility will revolutionize care for children.”
A recent CHOP study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that educating pediatricians in their offices, and auditing their prescription patterns, encourages them to choose more appropriate antibiotics for children with common respiratory infections, potentially warding off antibiotic resistance.
The study team, led by Jeffery S. Gerber, MD, PhD, randomized 18 pediatricians’ practices in the CHOP Care Network into two groups—one that received the intervention (an hour-long clinicianeducation session at the practice office, followed by audit and feedback of antibiotic prescribing) and a control group that did not receive intervention. The study encompassed nearly 1.3 million office visits by some 185,000 patients to 162 clinicians over a study period of 32 months.
Among the intervention practices, broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing decreased from 26.8% to 14.3%, or nearly half, compared to a decrease from 28.4% to 22.6% in the control group. For children with pneumonia, the inappropriate broad-spectrum prescriptions declined by 75% among practices receiving the intervention.
CHOP researchers found that obese teenagers who reduced their body mass index (BMI) by 8% or more had improvements in insulin sensitivity, an important metabolic factor related to the later development of type 2 diabetes.
“This threshold effect that occurs at 8% suggests that obese adolescents don’t need to lose enormous amounts of weight to achieve improvements,” says Lorraine Levitt Katz, MD, of the Diabetes Center for Children at CHOP. “The improvements in insulin sensitivity occurred after 4 months of participating in a lifestyle-modification program.”
The findings appeared online on May 24 in The Journal of Pediatrics.
CHOP has created a 20-minute video, featuring a worldrenowned lactation expert, neonatal specialists and new moms, that explains the importance of pumping milk for medically fragile children who are unable to feed at the breast. The video itemizes the many benefits of human milk, shares tips for pumping and storing milk, and demonstrates how pumping can help create a meaningful connection between mothers and their newborn in the NICU.
Share The Power of Pumping and the difference pumping can make in a child’s health and future with your patient families. For more information or to order copies of this DVD, visit www.chop.edu/powerofpumping.
Children’s Hospital has opened the Urgent Care Center in Atlantic County, the first after-hours urgent care facility in the Jersey Shore region dedicated exclusively to children.
CHOP Urgent Care Center is located in the existing CHOP Specialty Care Center at 4009 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing, NJ, providing after-hours care for children with mild to moderate, nonlife- threatening illnesses or injuries that do not require the resources of an emergency room. It is open 365 days a year. Hours of operation are weekdays from 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 10 pm.
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