Where Kids Soar & Hope is Real
2020 ANNUAL REPORT
An annual report is something like a yearbook that captures the unique reflections of a certain time and place. This year’s annual report stands out on many levels – for successes achieved, dreams realized, challenges presented and solutions found. Being part of the work that goes on every day at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is exciting and fulfilling. Change is a given, a constant in every facet of life and work, and 2020 brought a number of strategic and positive changes. This year, we gained a new name. As Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, our distinctive role in children’s healthcare gains sharper focus. Throughout Oklahoma and beyond, our invaluable resources for pediatric-specific care are recognized as second to none. Our providers offer advanced levels of care and unmatched expertise in meeting children’s medical needs, with keen sensitivity to the emotional dynamic for young patients and their families. Together, we faced new “firsts,” dictated by a global pandemic. The challenges of adversity sparked innovation and creativity as we adapted to dramatic changes that occurred seemingly overnight. The term “best practices” took on new shades of meaning as we viewed every process and procedure through the lens of safety related to COVID-19. When traditional visits were restricted in an effort to contain the spread of the virus to protect our patients and staff members, we deployed additional digital platforms of connection and communications to support patients and families during an uncertain time. Our enterprise won a national award for its rapid response to make these pathways of connection effective and easily accessible. But the very best of who we are and what we do is fundamentally unaltered by external influences. Hospitalization is a major life event, for patients and the people who are closest to them. We’re still part of the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, uniquely positioned to provide world-class care using the most advanced technologies to restore health and foster well-being. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital has never wavered in its commitment to compassionate, high-quality, patient- and family-centered care. Celebrate with us the triumphs of the past year as summarized in this report. I’m grateful for visionary leaders, respected colleagues and exceptional staff members who continue to work with mission and determination, who bring their all - mind, heart, hands and healing - to every caregiving situation we face. A backward glance often helps inform our way forward. When we speak of the future, we’re talking about children and the promise of healthier lives. I know Oklahoma Children’s Hospital has the right team at the right time to take us there. With sincere thanks,
Jon Hayes President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health
A NEW LOOK In fall 2020, the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital received a new name: Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health. The announcement was made as part of the rollout of the new brand OU Health. The name Oklahoma Children’s Hospital was chosen because it represents the state’s flagship hospital for the care of children -- providing more pediatric specialists and subspecialists than anywhere else and the only 24/7 pediatric emergency department in the state. While the brand identity is new, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital will continue to provide the same high level of excellence to patients and their families, as well as serving as a regional resource for parents and community physicians for pediatric-specific expertise in nearly every medical specialty. Healthcare providers and staff blend years of training with education, research and technology to improve the lives of children throughout the region. The obstetric emergency room
is a regional referral center for the state, and the neonatal intensive care unit provides the highest level of newborn care in Oklahoma. With a familycentered approach to healing, Children’s offers resources from pet therapy to child life specialists who help families cope with hospitalization and illness. From advanced surgical services to general pediatrics, oncology care and more, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital provides cutting-edge research and treatments through hospital-based and outpatient services. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is also prominently featured on OU Health’s newly designed, patient-centric website – www.OUHealth.com – and the hospital received a refreshed logo that blends the new OU Health design with the existing child-friendly logo. With the OU Health brand announcement, other components of the healthcare system have also been given new identities:
• The adult hospital will officially be known as OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center to reflect its status as the flagship academic medical center for Oklahoma, and a Top 100 hospital nationally. OU Health Edmond Medical Center is the name of the Edmond hospital to reflect its over 70-year commitment to the Edmond community. • OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-Designed Cancer Center, and the OU Health Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, will retain their legacy names derived from generous philanthropic support. • The faculty practices of the OU Health Sciences Center will reflect the depth of healthcare expertise and services, including OU Health Dentistry, OU Health Pharmacy and OU Health Physicians in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
“This is an exciting new name that symbolizes the unmatched services that we provide to children across Oklahoma and beyond. The name was chosen after extensive research of freestanding children’s hospitals nationally, along with contributions from Oklahomans and patients’ families.”
— Jon Hayes President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Establishes Office of Philanthropy New office creates meaningful ways to support the work of the hospital through giving. Oklahoma Children's Hospital OU Health has always enjoyed the support of our generous community. This year, the hospital took a major step forward in its transition to a nonprofit by establishing an Office
work has been done to design and implement evidence-based healthcare philanthropy practices, create a structure for partnership with the OU Foundation, the existing children’s hospital volunteer
of Philanthropy. Committed to refining efforts around community support, the team will match big dreams and visions for Oklahoma Children's Hospital to those with passion and means to make them come true.
program and others, and bring in tools for research, data integration and stewardship. Children’s will launch its first direct mail campaign in January, along with new online giving tools—including the Kids Club.
"The power of community support has been felt at Oklahoma Children's Hospital for many years," said Jon Hayes, President. "However, we’ve never before had an in-house team to drive a comprehensive philanthropy plan that helps us reach our goals for patient programming, capital investments and service line growth."
“There is such a feeling of gratitude from the community and from our patient families,” said Sara Parcell, Director of Development for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “I’ve been honored to meet many of the donors who’ve made major gifts since we became a nonprofit hospital. It’s clear that they are connected to the mission and want to see a strong future for the hospital.”
Early work included hiring a team with the right expertise to establish a program in the model of top children's hospitals. Over the past several months,
P. Cameron Mantor, M.D., division chief of pediatric surgery, said, “We don’t take for granted the generosity
of so many in our community and across the state. Often, the will is there but navigating a process can be challenging. The Office of Philanthropy will serve to match giving programs with appropriate donors to maximize opportunities that make the most of every gift, no matter how large or small.” Giving programs that appeal to grateful patients, employees and physicians roll out in the coming months. The team is also working with key leadership to develop philanthropic priorities. "An incredible opportunity sits before us to further integrate fundraising efforts at Oklahoma Children's Hospital and to create a culture of philanthropy that feels meaningful for our teams and for our patient families," said Anne Clouse, Chief Development Officer. “We want to build strong, trusting relationships with donors, and help them understand the impact their gifts make for our kids, for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and for healthcare in our state.” In addition to Clouse and Parcell, the Office of Philanthropy includes Sara Jacobson, Director of Volunteers and Philanthropy Services, and Jordan Parsons, Donor Engagement and Stewardship Coordinator.
“I’ve been honored to meet many of the donors who’ve made major gifts since we became a nonprofit hospital. It’s clear that they are connected to the mission and want to see a strong future for the hospital.” Sara Parcell Director of Development
Anne Clouse Chief Development Officer
Sara Parcell Director of Development Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
Sara Jacobson Director of Volunteers and Philanthropy Services
Jordan Parsons Donor Engagement and Stewardship Coordinator
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health Launches Platform for Kids to Give to Kids
benefits include a special T-shirt, stickers, gift certificate to local small business for a sweet treat and internal celebration of their meaningful philanthropy.
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health has unveiled Kids Club, an innovative and exciting way for kids to give back to kids. The program is part of the newly launched Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Office of Philanthropy.
Fundraising efforts may be inspired by a special birthday or holiday, sponsored by civic or religious groups, athletic clubs, homeschool or public school cohorts, to name a few. Instructions for establishing individual or group fundraising activities can be found at ouhealth.com/kidsclub.
“At Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, our highest priority is to provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care and to improve the lives of children throughout the region,” said Jon Hayes, President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “It is through gifts of every size that we are able to provide this type of care.” Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Kids Club offers easy-to-use, online tools for kids to create their own fundraising projects, track them, and celebrate their progress as they pursue their passion for philanthropy to help other kids in the community. Club membership
“Something magical happens when one child gives to another,” said Anne Clouse, OU Health hospitals Chief Development Officer. “Their desire to share and give back is a gentle reminder of the miracles we can infuse if we simply create a bridge that connects kids at the hospital with kids who want to make a difference.” While Clouse anticipates a large percentage of gifts to be in-kind donations such as toys, games, art supplies and other amenities for hospitalized children, monies
raised through Kids Club will be administered by Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Office of Philanthropy. Cash donations will be reinvested into existing programs such as the hospital volunteers’ Toy Cart, special events, technology and items for The Zone, a community-funded 6,000-square-foot play-andlearning haven with programming directed by Child Life services.
“Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Office of Philanthropy wanted to wrap a formal program around this movement that empowers children to practice the art of empathy and giving at an early age. We believe in the healing power of philanthropy, and there’s no better way to foster that notion than by providing a pathway for children to give to their peers.”
Anne Clouse Chief Development Officer
THE FIRST Oklahoma Children’s Hospital First Patient Treated With CAR-T Therapy
In 2020, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health treated its first patient with CAR-T, a new therapy for blood cancers in which a patient’s own immune cells are genetically modified to recognize and attack cancer cells. CAR-T is revolutionizing treatment for blood cancers, especially for patients who have run out of options. That was the case for Ryan VanZandt of Durant, who became the first CAR-T recipient after he experienced a second relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in May 2020. The treatment gave Ryan new hope. It not only sent his cancer into remission, but he was able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas at home with his family after being hospitalized during the holidays several times over the past five years. “This revolutionary new treatment successfully eliminated Ryan’s leukemia, and it did so by attacking only the cancer cells, not the normal cells in his body,” said Rikin K. Shah, M.D., interim director of pediatric transplantation and cellular therapy at the Jimmy Everest Center at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “This treatment is changing the landscape of pediatric cancer treatment because it is giving an opportunity for survival for those patients who had run out of treatment options.”
CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. Patients being treated with CAR-T first have their blood collected in a process similar to a typical blood donation. White blood cells (which include T cells) are filtered out and sent to a company that inserts the gene for a chimeric antigen receptor into the T cells, which binds to cancer cells and activates the T cells. This process allows the newly engineered T cells to recognize and attack cancer with remarkable efficiency. Once the CAR-T cells are generated, they are shipped back to the hospital and given to the patient through an IV, much like a blood transfusion.
Although CAR-T therapy has cleared his body of cancerous cells, Ryan’s treatment for ALL is not quite over. Next year, he will have a bone marrow transplant from his sister Savannah, who is a perfect match for the donation of a brand-new immune system. However, the transplant would not be possible without Ryan first receiving CAR-T. “Patients are not eligible for bone marrow transplants when they still have leukemia cells, and because Ryan had relapsed, he still had cancerous cells,” Shah said. “CAR-T therapy allowed us to put his leukemia into remission so that he will be able to have the transplant.”
When Ryan was first diagnosed with ALL in 2015, he received chemotherapy at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital for more than three years, a standard length of treatment to ensure the cancer doesn’t return. The success rate of treating ALL with chemotherapy in young people is usually very high, Shah said, but that wasn’t the case with Ryan. “The problem is that when patients have a recurrence, the outcomes are dismal,” Shah said. “That’s why CAR-T is so important – because it allows us to help patients whose cancer would otherwise be deemed incurable. And Ryan was able to have CAR-T therapy in Oklahoma instead of going out of state, which would bring an additional burden of travel and finding housing for a month.”
As CAR-T continues to be studied, it will likely help patients at several different stages of their treatment, Shah said. For some patients, it will serve as the final treatment and the CAR-T cells will stay vigilant in the body in an effort to eliminate any new cancerous cells. It also may move up earlier in the treatment process, or be used to treat patients whose bone marrow transplants fail. “This type of immune therapy is going to change the way we treat cancer in the next five years because we are harnessing the patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer,” Shah said.
Customized & Mobilized
A new and highly customized ambulance is yet another advanced tool that elevates care at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. One of the largest such vehicles in Oklahoma, the patient compartment of the new ambulance can accommodate three medical providers to care for a single patient. Additionally, the quad-cab style seats up to four people in the cab with the driver. The larger passenger area means more medical staff may travel if needed at the referring facility, and are ready to deliver more comprehensive patient care during transport to Oklahoma Children's Hospital.
Crew complements can now include not only paramedics and R.N.s, but also pediatric and neonatal intensivists, surgeons, fellows and respiratory therapists as deemed necessary. The new vehicle makes it possible to effectively bring the Children’s intensive care unit to the patient’s bedside at any referring facility in Oklahoma or bordering states. The customized ambulance was created with input from key hospital staff members working with our contractor, Pafford EMS. Last year, this design team traveled to the Pafford manufacturing plant in Orlando, Florida, where the ambulance was designed from the ground up. Staff members selected ideal seating, specialized equipment layout, determined the most efficient location of equipment and cabinets, and even designated specialized equipment not found on any other ambulance in the region: • Built-in medical air generator. • Medical-grade dual refrigerators for medication and blood, each with independent controls and a range of 4° Celsius to 71° Celsius. • Two independent HVAC systems for 24/7 control of internal environment with or without engine running. • Redundant power supply systems maintain full electrical power when engine is not running. - Diesel fuel-operated generator, capable of operating all electrical systems, including environmental control systems and refrigerators. - Inverter for redundant electrical backup to operate all electrical systems within the ambulance, including environmental control systems and refrigerators. - Shorelines that allow the ambulance to be plugged into an external power supply for full operation of all electrical systems. • Zoll-X monitor/defibrillator with end-tidal Co2 monitoring, and pacing capabilities for pediatric and adult patients. • Hamilton T1 transport ventilator, specially designed and certified for use in both ground ambulance and air ambulance operations. The Hamilton T1 provides intelligent ventilation modes with adaptive support ventilation (ASV) for neonates to adults. It includes all pressure control ventilation modes, including biphasic, volume-controlled and pressure support, as well as all non-invasive modes. Ventilators also are equipped with heated and humidified high-flow oxygen capability, which provides airway support and reduces incidents which might require invasive intubation of a patient.
• Ferno INX ambulance cot and loading system has a 700-pound capacity, and essentially self-loads the cot into the ambulance, reducing potential for back injuries to staff members. It also minimizes incidents where the cot might be dropped during manual loading. • Specialized FAA crash-rated mounts for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and other specialized pumps and equipment. • 5G WiFi built into the ambulance for real-time digital charting as well as real-time digital telemedicine while in transit. • Satellite telephone communications system can be linked to crew members’ cell phones to facilitate beside communication between providers in remote facilities and physicians and staff at Oklahoma Children's Hospital. • Dedicated iPad and pediatric distraction equipment are available for older patients. • Additional safety equipment is built into the ambulance for all staff and patients. - Intelligent six-point restraint system allows providers to access the entire patient compartment with seat belts in place. - Customized design of provider seating enhances comfort and safety during long transports. - Multiple cameras feature a multi-view touch screen located in the cab, allowing providers to visually monitor the patient compartment in real time. Visibility is improved in every location – behind, left or right sides of ambulance. When a turn signal is activated, the designated camera converts to full screen, allowing the driver to verify any obstructions in blind spots. Future enhancements will add telemedicine cameras within the patient compartment. - Floor and interior cabinets feature blue LED lighting. - The patient compartment offers 16 USB charging ports and 12 120-volt electrical outlets. While emergency transport is never an ideal situation, patients and their families can rely on Oklahoma Children’s Hospital for the most advanced level of urgent care possible. Enhancements available in this customized vehicle ensure the highest quality of care in unique circumstances.
Going the Extra Mile Oklahoma Children’s Hospital became the first facility in the Oklahoma City area to implement Schwartz Rounds, a program that offers support to staff members who may deal with stressful and emotional situations throughout their work day.
Children’s Hospital. “Schwarz Rounds is a comprehensive system of caregiver support that preserves and protects the human connection in healthcare.” Oklahoma Children’s Hospital held its first bi-monthly Schwartz Rounds forum early this year. Care team members from all areas of the hospital were welcomed, including nurses, dietitians, physicians, housekeepers, chaplains and others.
Schwartz Rounds are a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise as they care for patients. The program’s mission is to promote compassionate healthcare and strengthen relationships between patients and caregivers.
Each Schwartz Rounds session features a different health topic that care team members may encounter through their work in a pediatric environment. A panel of presenters share their perspectives and experiences, and participants are encouraged to engage with the panel and share similar experiences. Rather than discussing specific incidents, staff members have opportunities to talk about how they felt in a given situation, in a safe, comfortable environment where they can learn from and support each other.
“The healthcare environment offers both unique challenges and privileges for caregivers,” said Deborah Browning, R.N., chief nursing officer at Oklahoma
Schwartz Rounds were created by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The
Center was named after Ken Schwartz, a healthcare attorney who died of lung cancer in 1995, at the age of 40. While undergoing treatment, Schwartz wrote an article for Boston Globe Magazine describing a group of caregivers who attended to his medical and emotional needs, “making the unbearable bearable.” A survey of Schwartz Rounds participants conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that 87% of respondents reported Rounds increased their capacity for compassionate care by introducing new concepts and strategies for coping with challenging patient situations.
Panelists from left to right: T.R. Lewis, M.D. (Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon), Tae Norwood (Health Unit Coordinator on the Pediatric Medical Unit), Renee Corley, P.T. (Pediatric Rehabilitation Services), Kelsi Owen, R.N. (Pediatric Medical Unit)
Nothing but the Best Hospital Award for Excellence
This year, the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative presented its Spotlight Hospital Award for excellence in perinatal care to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. Children’s also gained special recognition as the only hospital to receive the Spotlight Hospital Award all five years the award has been presented. Hospitals that receive Spotlight Hospital Awards are recognized for participation in programs developed to sustain improvement in these areas:
The awards were presented in September at the Preparing for a Lifetime 10th Anniversary Summit. Preparing for a Lifetime is an initiative of the Oklahoma State Department of Health in partnership with the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative, which seeks to improve infant outcomes by promoting a range of safe practices, behaviors and wellness habits that benefit mothers and babies.
• Reducing early elective deliveries
• Providing education to prevent abusive head trauma
• Modeling and promoting safe sleep practices
• Conducting accurate newborn screening
• Creating an environment that supports best practices in maternity care and breastfeeding • Maintaining readiness for obstetrical emergencies by observing guidelines, providing appropriate Nursing Professionals Honored for Excellence Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health and a training and ensuring availability of hospital number of nurses were recognized by the Oklahoma resources Nurses Association. The hospital received the
Excellence in the Workplace Award for developing positive work environments and demonstrating innovative and effective programs and approaches that support nurses and promote excellent nursing care. Individual honors were presented to nurses in specific categories. “The awards presented to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and to these exceptional individuals further establish OU Health as a leader in healthcare,” said Cathy Pierce, M.S., RNC, CENP, chief nurse executive, OU Medicine, Inc. “We take great pride in the dedication shown by these nursing professionals as they serve and care for our patients at OU Health. They are to be commended for making excellence the benchmark of their work.” Oklahoma Nurses Association works as a community of professional nurses across all specialties and practice settings. The association focuses on supporting and engaging nurses to address issues that impact the work they perform on a daily basis.
The Cribs for Kids designation as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion is the culmination of a unified and coordinated team effort.”
— Tena J. Fry, DNP, APRN
Champions for Safe Sleep
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital became the state’s first hospital to earn the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification at the gold level. As a Gold Safe Sleep Champion, Children’s was recognized for its commitment to best practices and educational efforts that support safe infant sleep. The designation requires perpetual performance at this level of certification to, include: • Onboarding and ongoing training of team members for adherence to Infant Safe Sleep Policy • Education of parents, guardians and other caregivers of patients 1 year of age and younger • Use of sleep sacks and education regarding their proper use, before or at time of discharge
• Required annual program evaluation by Cribs for Kids • Completion of at least two community education events and/or media outreach campaigns, evaluated by Cribs for Kids • Maintenance of hospital status providing a safety-approved sleep space for at-risk infants • Collaboration with appropriate departments to ensure that all images used across social media and/or websites project and promote safe infant sleep and safe sleep environments The certification is valid through 2025, when Children’s will seek recertification acknowledging the same high standards currently recognized. Tena J. Fry, DNP, MS, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, CNE, APRN, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Women’s and Newborn Center, expressed gratitude for individuals in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities whose work made this achievement possible. “As the state’s most comprehensive resource for children’s healthcare, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital perpetually
seeks areas in which to demonstrate its commitment to patient- and family-centered care. The Cribs for Kids designation as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion is the culmination of a unified and coordinated team effort.” Adherence to safe sleep practices reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Precautionary measures include putting babies to bed on their backs, not their stomachs, and using a firm and flat sleep surface. Soft objects, including toys, crib bumpers and loose bedding should not be placed in the sleep area. “Sleep safety warrants a high level of awareness and we embrace opportunities to be part of this nurturing patient/provider partnership,” said Fry. “Some information may seem obvious, but new parents face many challenges and distractions. We strive to support them in ways that ensure healthy babies and build parents’ confidence in caring for their infants.”
2020 by the Numbers
“This designation reflects the commitment of our facility and staff to ensure each woman who delivers here receives all the tools needed - resources, information and support - to give her baby the best start in life,” said Jon Hayes, President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “It is further affirmation of the relentless pursuit of quality and excellence across our organization. We strive to make every patient visit a positive experience, and we understand how that experience can influence successful breastfeeding.”
43,449 ER Visits
Outpatient Radiology Visits
125,809 Outpatient Clinic Visits
Baby All Together
This year, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health joined the ranks of more than 20,000 hospitals and birth centers across the nation designated as Baby-Friendly Hospitals. Only 595 hospitals in the United States have earned this level of recognition. More than a descriptive label, this designation carries international prestige, and is awarded only after completion of a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing certification in the United States.
Baby Friendly hospitals offer environments that support breastfeeding while respecting each woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the most accurate and comprehensive information, from feeding and nutrition to family bonding.
The benefits of breastfeeding are widely recognized by international health authorities and thoroughly documented through research. The positive effects include a significant boost to the infant immune system,
Open Heart Surgeries
Achieving this designation is a demonstration of adherence to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, for optimal infant feeding support in the critically important first days of a newborn’s life. “Our journey toward Baby-Friendly Designation was several years in the making, requiring great effort from a committed team throughout a rigorous process to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Tena Fry, DNP, MS, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, CNE, APRN, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Women’s and Newborn Center “While we take great pride in this recognition, it’s important to note that Baby-Friendly Designation is not a destination, but a beginning point, which guides ongoing quality improvement measures to promote optimal nutrition for infant growth and healthy futures.” As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA upholds the highest standards in infant feeding care. The organization coordinates and conducts all activities related to awarding Baby-Friendly designation, to promote widespread adoption of the BFHI in the United States.
which enhances the level of protection against illnesses and disease in both mother and baby.
“This designation reflects the commitment of our facility and staff to ensure each woman who delivers here receives all the tools needed - resources, information and support - to give her baby the best start in life,” — Jon Hayes, President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
Spotlight on Family Advisory Council
Implemented in 2018, the Family Advisory Council gives voice to the patient experience. The FAC is an advocacy group that brings the patient perspective into sharp focus for hospital staff members. Armed with experience that only comes through direct involvement, members of the FAC are uniquely qualified to offer guidance. They understand what families face during a child’s hospitalization and how diverse the needs may be. They are volunteers who help enhance the compassionate care found at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.
“We are forever grateful for the physicians who offered hope and healing.”
— Ty Beasley
THE BEASLEYS At 19 week’s gestation, Max was diagnosed with spina bifida and bilateral ventriculomegaly, a condition in which spaces in the brain, or ventricles, appear enlarged during prenatal ultrasound. This enlargement is usually the result of trapped cerebrospinal fluid, the clear protective liquid that covers the brain and spinal cord of the unborn child. Care for Max and his mother, Audra, was transferred to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, where Max was born in July 2016. After 11 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, the defect was surgically closed, and a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt was placed by a neurosurgeon to address hydrocephalus. In the four years since, Max has undergone numerous surgeries and continues rehabilitation and care under his primary care physicians at Sooner Pediatrics, and receives specialty care from a number of providers at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and beyond. Ty and Audra Beasley joined the Family Advisory Council to offer the perspective of a family whose child has multiple disabilities. They understand the importance of collaborative care and know the value of open communication among physicians as they strive for the best rehabilitation outcomes for Max. During an extended hospital say, the Beasleys identified a specific potential barrier to care and helped in its resolution. They choose to serve others through the Family Advisory Council, knowing their experience and insight will help future patients who will face similar adversities.
THE DAVEYS Heather Davey transferred her obstetrical care to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital when she and husband, Jason, learned their baby had a congenital heart defect, a fact that changed Heather’s pregnancy status to “high-risk.” They met Marvin Williams, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and an entire team of MFM providers who took them under their collective wing, and helped them remain calm while navigating a complex storm of medical and emotional needs. Born via C-section, Liam was immediately rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit, where the nature of the heart defect was confirmed. This abrupt entrance into the word of congenital heart defects left Liam’s parents feeling hopeless and uncertain. Nurses and doctors in the NICU
reassured them that Oklahoma Children’s Hospital had the resources to treat complex conditions like Liam’s, and that Harold Burkhart, M.D., was arguably one of the most incredible pediatric heart surgeons in the world. “From the moment we met Dr. Burkhart and his team, a sense of peace came over us, and we had the faith to release our fears,” said Heather Davey.
movies and eat popsicles every day,” said Jason. “Without the incredible staff at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital we would have never made it. They are the reason our son is alive.”
Liam’s first open-heart surgery was performed one week after birth. The PICU was a new world, buzzing with the sounds of life-saving machines and bustling with staff providing critical care to vulnerable children. Jason Davey said, “Liam spent seven days in the PICU, where we witnessed extraordinary care given by nurses who treated patients as if they were their own children.”
When invited to become part of the Family Advisory Council, the Daveys didn’t hesitate. “Joining FAC was the easiest decision Jason and I made,” Heather said. The Daveys were eager to work with teams engaged in design and construction aspects of the new PICU, and enjoyed watching its progress first-hand. Another highlight was having the opportunity to provide feedback during the marketing initiatives for rebranding and unveiling the hospital’s new logos and taglines.
The PICU is never a chosen destination, but the unit became a second home for Liam’s family. Weeks later, while thrilled to be discharged and taking their new baby home, the Daveys felt as if they were leaving their new-found family at Children’s - the family that saved their son’s life. “Each nurse and doctor in the NICU and cardiovascular intensive care unit is an incredible human being with a heart of gold.” Liam was discharged six weeks after birth, with cardiology follow-ups scheduled every three months. Over the next few years, the family faced a range of serious complications, including a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, a near-fatal bout with pneumonia and two more major heart surgeries. Recovery from the third open heart surgery was difficult, with pneumonia and the severe heart condition stacked against Liam. However, the quality of care and comfort from the CVICU and heart team was always first-rate. The Daveys saw above-andbeyond measures taken on Liam’s behalf, while they were kept engaged and informed on every decision. “Anytime we had a question or suggested a different approach, the listened and considered our opinions,” they said. A stay in the cardiovascular intensive care unit didn’t frighten or upset Liam. “Thanks to the amazing team of Child Life specialists, Liam looked forward to the many opportunities to play, paint, color, watch
Liam continues to see his specialists every four months and calls Oklahoma Children’s Hospital “his hospital.”
“We owe everything to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and being a part of this council is a great way to enhance what other families will experience. It is not only rewarding, but also a lot of fun. Whether the task is selecting furniture and color schemes, or providing feedback about hospital image and messaging, being hands-on is exactly why we joined the Family Advisory Council.” — Jason Davey
Where kids soar and hope is real.
THE HANNEMANS With the exception of their college years in Stillwater and Dallas, respectively, Aimee and Ben Hanneman are Oklahoma City “lifers.” Parents to Adeline, age 11, and Bennett, forever 3, Aimee is a reading specialist for a local school and Ben is a financial manager for one of our state agencies. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health became part of the family’s life in August 2012, when Bennett, only five months old at the time, became seriously ill. After months of ongoing testing and treatment, Bennett was diagnosed with a rare, terminal illness, Pearson syndrome. With the diagnosis, Bennett joined an elite group of children living with the disease, fewer than 100 worldwide. Pearson syndrome is one of many bone marrow failure syndromes, and the staff of the Jimmy Everest Center for Blood Disorders and Cancer quickly became extended family members. Because Pearson syndrome is a mitochondrial disease that affects other systems in the body, Bennett’s condition required monitoring by specialists in audiology, cardiology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, nephrology and general pediatrics. When life-threatening infections occurred, the expertise of infectious disease specialists also was required, in addition to several stays in the pediatric intensive care unit, where he was cared for by pediatric critical care experts.
Members of the Family Advisory Council have taken active roles in a number of major initiatives that have enhanced and improved the ways we serve patients and families. Many of these significant partnerships and collaborations have occurred recently, and include but are not limited to:
In addition to Pearson syndrome, Bennett was secondarily diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, in essence, a pre-leukemia cancer. He heroically underwent a bone marrow transplant in December 2014, and in the months following, he worked hard to build his new immune system. However, the effects of Pearson syndrome were relentless, and Bennett died in June 2015.
• Input and feedback before and during PICU construction and renovation
“We are more than grateful that Oklahoma Children’s Hospital was here when we needed the best care for Bennett and our family. His medical team and other staff became our extended family. It is our honor to serve on the Family Advisory Council to ensure that all children and their families have access to the finest pediatric medical care in the state of Oklahoma.”
• Involvement with rebranding effort of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital • Recommendations for the revised Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Patient Guidebook • Development of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Visitation Policy and Communication • Participation in resident physicians meeting to share first-hand experiences related to hospitalization and living with a chronic or acute illness • Consultation on construction project and programming for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center • Development of Employee Badge Buddies to help identify caregivers and clarify their roles
— Aimee Hanneman
THE STEARNS At the age of 8, Kennedy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She endured two years of chemotherapy treatment and was cancer-free for almost five years, when she relapsed with the same type of leukemia in 2016. The consequent course of treatment was extremely difficult and continued more than two years, with many complications. After a necessary spinal tap procedure, not only was walking difficult, Kennedy’s spinal column area became infected. Shortly thereafter, Kennedy was admitted for what might have been a routine, two-week course of chemotherapy treatment, but a fungal infection in her bloodstream spread through her entire body. It attached to her legs, making it impossible to walk for months. The infection attacked her heart, resulting in congestive heart failure and a lengthy stay in the intensive care unit. Additionally, the fungus caused permanent vision loss. A compromised
immune system invited other complications: blood clots, pneumonia, collapsed lung, permanent tissue damage requiring reconstructive surgery, and bone loss. After a two-month hospital stay, Kennedy was released to complete her treatment as an outpatient. Recovering slowly from the extended period of hospitalization, she completed treatment in May 2018 and is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma studying psychology, and is a member of the Phi Beta Phi sorority.
“We hope to give back in some measure for the love and care Kennedy received as a patient at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. Our experience may help shape policies and common practices that will create a more comfortable and positive hospital experience for other families in crisis situations.” — Jason Stearns
Dec My Room
Helping Make Hospital Visits Feel Like Home Uncertainty oftentimes comes along as an unwanted companion through hospital doors. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital acknowledges it takes children time to adjust to hospitalization and it strives to make a patients’ stay as comfortable as possible. As part of its commitment to its pediatric patients and to help make little ones feel more at ease, it has launched a new volunteer-driven community partnership with Dec My Room.
Dec My Room was established over 12 years ago, when founders Susan Plank and her daughter Kendall decorated their first room for a family friend who had to be hospitalized for several weeks. In an effort to make the experience more comfortable they consulted with close family members, identified his interests and transformed his room into something more fitting for his personality than the four empty walls that would have otherwise surrounded him. The joy he expressed sparked the idea for every
Associated with several hospitals nationwide, Dec My Room is a charitable organization whose mission is to create a healing place for children and young adults being admitted into a hospital setting for a prolonged period of time. It trains volunteers to shop and fill children’s rooms with décor, clothing, and activities the patient likes. The goal is to transform a hospital room into a personalized room worthy of being called a temporary home, filled with things the patient will find comforting during their stay and are free to take home when they leave. All this is done in hopes of improving the attitudes of patients as well as their healing process.
room decorated since.
Despite the ongoing pandemic faced this year, both Dec My Room and the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital have not diminished their efforts to improve children’s hospital experience. “The organization has been incredible to work with,” said Baylee Simmons, certified child life specialist for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “It’s been flexible and adaptive to meet the changing protocols and guidelines during this pandemic year without ceasing to provide this opportunity to our patients.”
“Every child hospitalized for three weeks or longer has their room decorated and personalized,” said Dec My Room founder Susan Plank. “That’s what we’ve done.” The organization, funded by grants, charitable donations and volunteer support, has selected Oklahoma Children’s Hospital as its first stop in the state of Oklahoma and has committed to staying as long as the need remains. With the help of hospital volunteers, it transformed its first room in August of last year, surprising a patient with a dinosaur-themed room that was met with delight. “We’re excited to be here in Oklahoma and have support from the local community, whether it be volunteering or donating to dec rooms, so we can make a good lasting positive impact for these children,” said Barta.
“We really believe that there’s never a shortage of sick patients. So, we want to be here to help create healing spaces for them and make an impact on their lives.” Courtney Barta Vice President of Finance, Dec My Room
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is sweeter since the arrival of its newest in-residence service dog. A two-yearold chocolate lab, Litta can be seen strolling the halls of the hospital and bringing smiles to all those she encounters. Since her arrival in August 2019, she’s joined her fellow furry friends Targa, Dany and Ned in making a hospital stay seem far less daunting for those receiving treatment or staying a bit longer than they might have anticipated - allowing children to forget their troubles even if it’s an hour at a time. A welcome companion in most rooms, Litta spends a majority of her time in the surgical unit and the emergency department. Similar to the other dogs, she is trained to do tasks such as help keep children calm during medical procedures, teach children how to take a pill or model how to put on a hospital gown. She can also help lower anxiety and stress for pediatric patients and encourage them to complete their healthcare goals while simultaneously providing support to family members. Litta was trained by Canine Assistants, an establishment in Georgia that raises and trains service dogs. Litta is one of 11 well-trained dogs provided to pediatric hospitals nationwide by Dogs for Joy, a program of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. The foundation funds the placement of specialized dogs as full-time employees in children’s hospitals, to provide simple joys of childhood to kids dealing with illness. “The Joy in Childhood Foundation is always seeking new ways to help kids feel like kids, even on their most difficult days,” said Kari McHugh, executive director of the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Oklahoma Children Hospital – one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation – to bring joy to pediatric patients with animal-assisted therapy as part of their treatment.”
The Healing Power of Creative Collaboration
person and engenders hope. There is great healing power in this combination of creative expression, collaboration and community.” The installation occurred in three “tiers,” which have been adapted as a result of pandemic influences. The recent drive-by display was such an adaptation of the first tier – onsite installation for viewing by patients, families, and hospital staff and, under normal circumstances, potentially large numbers of hospital visitors. The second and third tiers will include a premier and public reception for viewing the final project installation, and finally, a touring exhibition presented at regional, perhaps national, artistic venues and ultimately, expanding the portfolio of American Art.
Through innovation and perseverance, “The Language of Hope and Courage,” a drive-by art display, was hosted by Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in November. The display, featuring more than 80 artistic creations by hospital patients, was the culmination of the hospital’s first, year-long artist-in-residence program, under the guidance and direction of a community-based artist. Oklahoma artist Ginna Dowling, contemporary printmaker, installation artist and visual storyteller, is the first local artist to fill this role, using very accessible forms to engage young patients, as well as the physicians and hospital staff members who care for them. The drive-by art exhibition is the culmination of a year-long artist-in-residence program launched by Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in the fall of 2019. The works created by these young artists will become a collaborative work of art for permanent installation. Throughout the project, aspiring artists were introduced to a variety of mediums, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on intuitive experimentation. Hospital leaders say the impact of the creative process serves to strengthen self-worth and courage, and may improve a child’s perspective on life and the ability to conquer disease.
“We present opportunities to play, quite literally, with colors, shapes and forms of expression with an approach that is spontaneous and non-judgmental,” said Dowling. “I think art therapy and the healing powers of art are absolutely tremendous. Kids get to come in, be themselves and play. They tear and glue and just create.” Each child created individual works of self-identity, which have now been added into a story-like, pop-up installation representing the hospital community. This collaborative effort includes sharing the meaning and significance of each individual’s symbol. The project reinforces positive bonds between patients and their medical caregivers. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital has long offered programming to support patients and families, including child life specialists, music therapy, facility therapy dogs, volunteers, special events and more. Launched in 2019, this collaborative artist-in-residence experience is a further step toward a robust therapeutic arts program. “Our goal has always been to develop an art therapy program - to bring in a community artist to work hands-on with the kids,” said Sara Jacobson, director of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Child Life and Volunteer Services. “Art is not just visual – it engages the whole
Workshops introduced a simple creative process, essentially tearing, shaping and gluing multi-colored construction paper, to fashion self-representational identity symbols. Jacobson described the finished images as something like contemporary hieroglyphics or abstract self-portraits. “The symbols and imagery tell the stories of what children and families are going through.” Jentri Whitford, Child Life Zone coordinator, said, “It was amazing and powerful to see kids open up so quickly, wanting to tell their stories and share their experiences.” According to Whitford, the stories may or may not reflect experiences of hospitalization, but certainly encompass life stories that tell who these children are and reflect something of their spirits.
“We present opportunities to play, quite literally, with colors, shapes and forms of expression with an approach that is spontaneous and non-judgmental. I think art therapy and the healing powers of art are absolutely tremendous. Kids get to come in, be themselves and play. They tear and glue and just create.”
— Gina Dowling Printmaker
Dowling explained the range of creations were photographed and re-mastered in vinyl, making them long-lasting and durable. In the future, this collection may travel for display in other exhibits and galleries, although many of the works will be showcased permanently at Children’s. Observing restrictions related to COVID-19, art was displayed on the sidewalk along S. L. Young Blvd. and Children’s Avenue, and in the skywalk above Children’s Avenue. After the exhibit, art was made available for sale, with proceeds used for ongoing support of the art therapy program at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and future exhibits to showcase the project.
Dowling’s work has received international acclaim and she has held previous artist-in-residence positions in France and Ireland. In Oklahoma, her work is part of a permanent collection at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Other exhibitions include Oklahoma Contemporary, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity, among others, in addition to regional exhibitions in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Her current work includes an ongoing installation project influenced by hundreds of community participants across the globe, representing broad diversity racial, cultural and socioeconomic - within multiple populations.
The Language of Hope and Courage project was made possible in part through funding provided by Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Volunteers charity. Photos of the project in process may be viewed at www.ouhealth.com/blog/2020/january/2019-2020-artist-in-residence-ginna-dowling/.
Last year, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health introduced the Sooner Born program to celebrate
the next generation of Sooners and their parents. The recognition program is a way to welcome new and future Sooners into the world, and to the Sooner State. Perks include a warm knitted beanie, crimson of course, along with a special-edition Sooner Born birth certificate, documenting the vital statistics of each new little Sooner. Details about the voluntary Sooner Born program are provided with other informational resources made available to parents-to-be as they journey through pregnancy and delivery at Children’s.
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health was pleased to expand patient access and available services this year, through its acquisition of Kids First, a pediatric-focused, after-hours clinic with two locations in the Oklahoma City metro area. “We are excited to be able to expand our services for the children of the Oklahoma City and Edmond metro areas,” said Morris Gessouroun, M.D., chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “For children who need timely medical care, Kids First Urgent Care allows convenient access to high-quality children’s healthcare during weekends and evening hours. Parents have an added level of assurance, knowing the full resources of pediatric specialists, staff and facilities of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and OU Health Physicians are available to back up that care whenever a child needs additional services.” Services provided by Kids First include: • Complete blood count, chemistries, rapid strep, urinalysis, rapid influenza tests, rapid tests and mono spot tests, all performed at on-site lab • Routine X-ray services (chest and extremities) • Treatment of minor wounds and burns • Evaluation for broken bones, splinting and stabilization • Asthma therapy • Treatment of common childhood illnesses including colds, flu, strep and others • Initial evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries After-hours clinics are staffed by pediatricians who are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care beyond traditional office hours. “Kids First clinics are designed to supplement a child’s pediatrician when families’ schedules or the urgency of a child’s illness necessitates care after regular business hours,” explained Jon Hayes, President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.
“Families shouldn’t have to make a choice between food and paying for their child’s medicine or healthcare.”
— Deborah Browning, R.N. Chief Nursing Officer, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.
Making a Difference Because Oklahoma is one of the most food-insecure states in the nation, too many families do not have enough to eat, nor do they have easy access to the healthy foods that are important for growing children. As the state’s flagship pediatric hospital, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital seeks to meet those needs through its Food is Health program. Families with a child in the hospital are screened for food insecurity and, if they have problems affording or accessing healthy foods, they receive a pantry
box from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The box contains three meals and snacks. “We felt compelled to make a difference for families in this way,” said Amber Mitchell, director of Pediatric Medicine at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “Our nursing staff screens patients and families for food insecurity, and while that can be a sensitive topic, our nurses do a great job of talking to families about whether they are experiencing these struggles. If a family screens positive for food insecurity, they have a consultation with a social worker, who may provide other resources, and then at discharge we send the family home with one of the pantry boxes.” In addition to the pantry box, families with a child in the hospital receive a free meal each month in the cafeteria, an effort organized by Child Life Specialists and hospital volunteers. Although it is understandably difficult for families to leave their children’s bedside, they are encouraged to use the opportunity to stretch their legs and take part in a meal.
“Food is a language of love for me,” said Belinda Anderson, manager of Volunteer Services. “It breaks my heart to see that there are families within our hospital walls who don’t always have access to good meals, and we want to fix that.” Oklahoma Children’s Hospital also provides the Summer Food Service Program, in partnership with Sodexo and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the summer, any child in the community can come to the hospital each weekday and pick up a healthy meal and snack. Although the 2020 program ended in August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to extend it through the end of the year. “I am grateful for the commitment of our hospital personnel to addressing food insecurity, not only for the children in our hospital beds but for our community,” said Deborah Browning, Chief Nursing Officer for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “It’s a privilege and an honor to take care of them.”
QUINCY LE NORMAN NUTRITION CENTER
Quincy’s mother, Cory Le Norman, said her pregnancy was normal in every respect, with no hint of trouble until two days before delivery.
How a single philanthropic gift can make an impact on many levels.
"The reason Quincy is here today is because of the great support we received,” said Le Norman. “We had skilled and dedicated nurses, doctors and other personnel, and a facility that was equipped to provide the best possible care.”
David and Cory Le Norman have a passion for helping newborns who need extra care. Their daughter, Quincy, was born early – just 24 weeks into pregnancy. Seventeen years later, the family’s emotional connection continued to drive their passion for enhancing care for other newborns, and motivated them to make a $1.5 million gift for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to establish the Quincy Le Norman Nutrition Center at Oklahoma Children's Hospital.
The gift made by the Le Normans will help that same dedicated team that supported their daughter for nearly three months after her birth, and elevate care to meet today’s challenges.
This year, as the center prepares to open, the fruits of what this gift will offer will be felt by many. It will directly benefit families facing similar circumstances as the Le Normans’ but the impact doesn’t stop in the NICU. The nutrition center will also provide for babies receiving care in pediatric units who face a range of complex feeding protocols. Some needs are related to specific treatment, care or rehab related to surgery, or due to other unique nutritional deficits or sensitivities. Beyond direct care for these tiny and complex babies, the center will bring state-of-the art technologies that further elevate best practices in nutritional science and make new research possible. “We’re both grateful and delighted to accept this generous gift presented by the Le Norman family,” said Jon Hayes, President, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “It perfectly joins the long-held, shared vision of hospital and physician leaders with the heartfelt desire of the Le Normans. Thanks to this funding, we’ll expand nutrition services across the hospital – and also be poised to build on the capabilities of new technologies.” Born weighing less than two pounds, Quincy Le Norman, the center’s namesake, spent the first 88 days of her life in the NICU at Children’s. Now 18, she thrives as a student who plays high-school soccer, with no evidence of an early struggle for life.
Trent Tipple, M.D., neonatology specialist and chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, said, “This is where the state’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients come for the level of care their complex conditions require. Thanks to the Le Norman family, we will have greater capacity to deliver life-saving technologies and redefine excellence in neonatal care. Access to these technologies will surely set us up for future opportunities in research and advancing care.” One of the significant components that will distinguish the new nutrition center will be its use of sophisticated software that will track and analyze detailed metrics information. A human milk analyzer will determine how and to what extent milk must be fortified to meet specific nutritional needs. Jamie Kilpatrick, M.S., R.N., CENP, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit said, “Previously, formula and human milk preparation for neonates was done in a small human milk lab, which we had already outgrown. The new center will allow for more seamless operation – more centralized and expanded for greater efficiency – and will support our capacity to supply the best nutritional services possible on a broader scale.” Kilpatrick had explained the current challenges and how a new center could help babies across the hospital while creating opportunities for research, when the Le Normans reached out about making a gift. Her connection with them was deep, as Kilpatrick was one of Quincy’s nurses.
Above: Quicny Le Norman donated keepsake photo frames for NICU families. Left: Pictured from left to right, Cory, David and Quincy Le Norman; Jamie Kilpatrick, M.S., R.N., CENP, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
"This is the perfect example of what's possible when you match meaningful, important projects with grateful families who want to give back," said Sara Parcell, director of Development for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital." Jamie had established a wonderful, trusting relationship with the Le Normans over the years. When they asked if they could do anything to help, she was prepared to share a project that could be transformational. That is philanthropy at its best."
"This is the perfect example of what's possible when you match meaningful, important projects with grateful families who want to give back."
— Sara Parcell, Director of Development, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
New Faces of Oklahoma Children's Hospital Physician Leadership Team
Catherine J. Hunter, M.D. Pediatric Surgery
Andrew Jea, M.D., FACS, FAAP Pediatric Neurosurgery
Catherine J. Hunter, M.D., is vice chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Program Director for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health. Dr. Hunter also holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation Paula Milburn Miller Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Hunter graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, and completed her general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California, followed by a pediatric surgery fellowship and research fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. She is board certified in both general surgery and pediatric surgery, specializing in chest wall deformities in children. Additional specialties include surgical oncology and pediatric trauma surgery. Dr. Hunter previously served as an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Jea, M.D., FACS, FAAP, is the new chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health, as well as surgical director of Quality and Patient Safety. In addition, he is vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the OU College of Medicine and co-director of the Pediatric Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Jea has special clinical expertise in minimally invasive epilepsy surgery, spasticity and cerebral palsy, pediatric spinal deformity, and brachial plexus repair. At the national level, Dr. Jea serves as chair of the Section on Neurological Surgery within the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also sits on the editorial board of Pediatrics, the flagship journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He looks forward to collaborating with providers across the state, driven to improve the health of Oklahoma children.
With more than 70 publications to her credit, Dr. Hunter is a nationally recognized authority on the care of necrotizing entercolitis, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Trent E. Tipple, M.D., FAAP Neonatology
Trent E. Tipple, M.D., FAAP, is chief of Neonatology at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health. Dr. Tipple is professor and chief of the Section of NeonatalPerinatal Medicine within the OU College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, and holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation Reba McEntire Endowed Chair in Neonatology. He has clinical expertise in the management of patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Dr. Tipple also is an adjunct professor of physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. With an active laboratory-based research program investigating mechanisms of lung injury and repair in preterm infants, he receives grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Thoracic Society and American Heart Association. He is excited to develop avenues of engagement with frontline neonatal providers throughout Oklahoma and to support the development of personnel and programs that ensure outstanding outcomes for Oklahoma’s tiniest residents.
Oklahoma Children's Hospital Leadership Team
Jon Hayes President
Debbie Browning, R.N. Chief Nursing Officer
Kendal Pinkston Chief Operating Officer
Mike Milligan Chief Finance Officer
Kandis Smith Chief Talent Officer
Cameron Mantor, M.D. Chief Medical Officer
Erin Walker Assistant Vice President of Operations