Blog Posts in October, 2019

  • Congratulations to our September Sunflower Award Winner, Bailee Cavin

    The Sunflower Award Winner for September 2019 is Bailee Cavin. Bailee is a Medical Services Unit Tech. "We came in for a simple procedure and ended up being admitted. Bailee was so welcoming and just seriously gave us the absolute best treatment you could want your family to have. This job can be trying I am sure, and not knowing what to expect from one patient to another could be tough. She ...

  • Congratulations to our September DAISY Award Winner, Kathleen Clarke

    Congratulations to September DAISY Award winner Kathleen Clarke. Kathleen is an RN in on the 2nd floor. "I am nominating Kathleen on the second floor for The DAISY Award. She is a wonderful example of the Barnes’ family's intent to recognize extraordinary, compassionate, and skillful care to patients and their families. Our 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with anorexia this ...

  • Two Hospital Leaders Recognized by Tennessee Hospital Association

    This year the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) recognized East Tennessee Children’s Hospital President and CEO Keith Goodwin with the President’s Award for providing extraordinary service to the Association and ETCH with exceptional leadership and service. Goodwin took the helm of Children’s Hospital in 2007. Under his leadership, the hospital has implemented a nationally ...

  • SOAR Takes Sickle Cell Patients to New Heights

    Triage Nurse Renee takes measure of Jonavin, a sickle cell patient who benefits from the clinic. Children’s Hospital’s new Sickle-Cell Outpatient Assessment and Rehabilitation (SOAR) Clinic allows more focused, multi-disciplinary treatment and better ease of access to families battling the rare blood disease. SOAR Clinic provides Children’s Hospital hematology patients with ...

  • A Dream Unfolds - The Cancer Patient and the Pop Star

    East Tennessee Children’s Hospital cancer patient Trinity recently got the surprise of her life from her favorite music artist. It all started with an album party... Trinity, a teenager battling bone cancer at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, has been in treatment since the beginning of the year. In August, Trinity celebrated the release of Taylor Swift’s 7 th studio album, ...

  • Doctors' Orders: Flu Vaccine

    Flu season is right around the corner. Doctors urge parents to protect children against the flu by getting them vaccinated every year as soon as possible. Both nasal flu vaccine and injectable flu vaccines are available this year. Here are things to know about the 2019-2020 flu season: Don’t wait to get vaccinated. All vaccines this year will protect against 4-strands of influenza. ...

  • Doctors' Orders: Vaping Risks For Teens

    The rise in vaping among teens is alarming parents and doctors. Since August, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has reported 3 cases of patients with severe respiratory illnesses. These cases are suspected to have a connection with vaping because everything else has been ruled out to have been the cause and the patient confirms using vapes or E-cigarettes. Vaping is the suspected cause at ...

  • Doctors' Orders: Kids and Overscheduling

    With school back in session kids will be participating in all kinds of activities along with their schoolwork. How much is too much? Here are five ways to avoid over scheduling. Agree on ground rules ahead of time (for example, plan on kids playing one sport per season or limit activities to two afternoons or evenings during the school week) Know how much time is required (Does your child realize ...

  • Store Opioids Safely

    It's vital to keep opioids and all prescription medication away from children. Lock your medications away - out of sight and out of reach.

  • Congratulations to our August DAISY Award winner, Michelle Malone

    Congratulations to DAISY Award winner Michelle Malone. Michelle is an RN in the NICU. Parents of recent triplets listed these qualities when nominating Michelle: Extremely knowledgeable with triplets/multiples Very experienced and efficient Caring and nurturing to both mom and dad Attention to detail when training new parents, left us confident and capable Continuation of care above and beyond ...

  • Protecting Toddlers from Prescription Opioids

    What are some steps you can do to protect your child from finding prescription opioids in the home?

  • Kids Are Curious

    Tips to protect your children and home from accidental exposures to prescription health.

  • NEW! Clayton CafĂ© app features easy ordering, healthy options

    Looking for a fresh meal option while visiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital? Order your next meal or beverage through the new Clayton Café App, powered by ChowNow, and receive 10% off. Children’s Hospital has partnered with ChowNow to bring easy ordering to our coffee shop. Clayton Café , located on the 2 nd floor of our South Tower, offers a variety of hot and cold ...

  • Hospital Innovation Center Will Be State-of-the-Art, Unprecedented

    This fall, construction begins on the Children's Hospital Simulation Lab and Innovation Center. Located on the first floor of the South Tower, the planned 11,788 square-foot center will feature training rooms, simulation space and equipment that is groundbreaking in pediatric medicine. The $3.2 million project (generously funded by Scripps Networks Interactive, now Discovery) will benefit the ...

  • Congratulations to our July DAISY Award winner, Tatum Helton-Hill

    Congratulations to DAISY Award winner Tatum Helton-Hill. Tatum is an R.N. in the NICU. "I would like to nominate Tatum for the Daisy award. She is a highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate nurse. She is a patient/family advocate, positive role model and wonderful co-worker. In addition, she mentors and coaches our new staff as they develop their skills and learn. She has worked ...

  • Children's Hospital President/CEO Keith Goodwin Announces Retirement

    On Tuesday, August 20, Children’s Hospital President and CEO announced his intent to retire to the Board of Directors. Hospital staff, physicians and volunteers were informed of the decision on Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grandkids and traveling with my wife,” Goodwin said. Goodwin has been President/CEO of Children’s Hospital since ...

  • Doctors' Orders: Heatstroke and Hot Cars

    Summer is a fun and busy time for families, but that can also bring safety risks. Young children are at the greatest risk of becoming heatstroke victims. What happens to a child’s body during heatstroke : Their core temperature reaches 104 degrees quickly leading to possible brain damage or even death. (A child’s body can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s body.) On ...

  • Congratulations to Mindy Irick, RN, our June DAISY Award winner

    Congratulations to DAISY Award winner Mindy Irick. Mindy is an RN in the NICU. "I can’t describe only one moment or event that has led me to nominate Mindy because there are so many ways in which she is extraordinary. When I was a new grad I looked up to her and developed a great deal of trust in her clinical judgment because she was always willing to patiently teach us. You knew that ...

  • Doctors' Orders: Getting your child ready for back-to-school

    Looking after your child’s well-being can improve their success in the classroom. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure they are “back-to-school ready.” Vaccinate against illness. Children typically receive vaccinations or booster shots before kindergarten and seventh grade. But the flu shot is offered annually, and it’s best to get it early, as soon as it becomes available. Get ...

  • Hospital Specialist Recognized by SPS

    Solutions for Patient Safety, a national network of children’s hospitals, has chosen East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s very own Charla Purkey as their Safety Champion for June 2019. Charla is bringing East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s own commitment to patient safety to a national level. SPS is the only nationwide organization specifically focused on pediatric ...

  • Doctors' Orders: When are stitches needed?

    Kids love to play. Between playgrounds, sports fields, and the ins-and-outs of everyday activities, bumps and scrapes can happen. Every once in a while medical attention is needed. Here are some common questions we get from parents about stitches, scrapes and scratches. How do I know when my child needs stitches? Any open wound that you think may need sutures should be seen by a doctor as soon as ...

  • Rusty Miller wins Sunflower Award for June

    Congratulations to our Sunflower Award winner for June The Sunflower Award winner for June 2019 is Rusty Miller. Rusty is a transport tech for Neonatal Transport. "Rusty is just approaching his first year as a Transport Tech at ETCH. During this year, he has made a great impact not only in the unit with organization and streamlining processes but also in the field. He has helped to create an ...

  • Our Latest Daisy Award Winner is Leah Adcock, RN

    Congratulations to DAISY Award winner Leah Adcock. Leah is an RN in the ED. "On April 15th, I had to bring my daughter to Children's ER. This was my first visit ever to Children's, and I was very impressed. My daughter had to have blood drawn and have an IV. She was scared to death, as she hates both needles and blood. When Leah came in to draw blood/start the IV, my daughter was ...

  • Parking Alert: Curbside Parking Prohibited June 8 -9

    The City of Knoxville will be performing thorough street cleaning and curb painting on Saturday, June 8th through Sunday, June 9th. This will affect all north-to-south bound streets in the Fort Sanders area, between Cumberland Avenue and Grand Avenue, including 12th through 23rd streets (and James Agee Street). During this weekend, all curbside parking will be prohibited. If visiting ...

  • Children's Hospital Opens Chest Wall Clinic

    Clinic Is The First In Tennessee To Use New Technology East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has launched a new clinic to treat chest wall deformities, using new technologies to reduce the need for invasive surgery. In 2018, pediatric surgeons at Children’s Hospital treated 69 patients for the two most common chest wall deformities, pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) and pectus excavatum ...

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