Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
College of Human Medicine

2016 Support Staff Unit Recognition Awards

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2016 Support Staff Unit Recognition Awards.

Laura Carlson, Nurse Manager II; Center for Bleeding & Clotting Disorders

2016 Support Staff Awards 2 of 2

Thank you to Laura for her distinguished contributions to the Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders as well as to the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development.  She makes countless efforts in each of her areas of responsibilities and all of which are critical to providing the best care to our patients and moving the entire Department forward.  Laura’s continued commitment to organizational success is evident in her daily efforts and willingness to take on additional responsibilities and is evident of the success of the CBCD clinics and the care received by the patients that she serves. She embodies the award category of Making People Matter in her daily interactions with patients, staff and care providers.


Lee Ann Scepka, Nurse Clinician I; Center for Bleeding & Clotting Disorders

2016 Support Staff Awards 1 of 2Thank you to Lee Ann for her many contributions to our Department in her role as Nurse Clinician. Since joining this team she has established a constantly high level of work flow balancing chart preparation, patient and provider needs, clinical services and patient records. Lee Ann’s role as EMR “Super User” is greatly appreciated and very useful to the team. She has also been a very positive influence on Quality Improvement within the clinic. All of this has been accomplished using the many positive traits described in her letters of recommendation. These include a commitment to self- improvement, being a forward thinker, building an environment of trust, honesty, fairness, and respect and inclusiveness with ALL staff members, being thorough, hard-working, calm, steady, knowledgeable and flexible.


Congratulations to you both on this very outstanding recognition!

We would also like to congratulate the other nominees of the Support Staff Unit Recognition Award, Martha Johnson and Amanda Thelen, whose dedication, teamwork and positive attitudes improve their divisions and the whole department. Thank you!

By Keith English, MD, Chair & Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Human Development

Pediatric Grand Rounds: Banking on the Future of Michigan's Infants

This week's Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture, Banking on the Future of Michigan's Infants, was delivered by Cindy Duff, RNC, BSN, IBCLC of the Bronson Breastfeeding Center and Milk Bank in Kalamazoo. Cindy spoke at length of the myriad benefits to breastfeeding infants, the challenges that presents to new mothers and infants, and how banking human breast milk may overcome those challenges. If you were unable to attend Cindy's lecture, please find a recording below.


Pediatric Grand Rounds: Approach to Genetic Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders

alpaAlpa Sidhu, MD, PhD joined us 8/22/16 to present Approach to Genetic Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders & Intellectual Disability at Pediatric Grand Rounds. Dr. Sidhu is an assistant professor with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics & Human Development. If you were unable to attend, we have included a recording of the presentation below.


Pediatric Grand Rounds: HDVCH Congenital Heart Center

On August 11, 2016, Dr. Marcus Haw joined us for Pediatric Grand Rounds. Dr. Haw is Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Center. If you were unable to attend or join remotely, you may view Dr. Haw's presentation below.


André Bachmann Awarded Alex Mandarino Foundation Funds

We are excited to announce The Alex Mandarino Foundation has awarded Professor André S. Bachmann $50,000 to support his research of TIR-199, a drug that may potentially treat children suffering from the pediatric cancer neuroblastoma.



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