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‘Advances in Pediatrics 2010’ features medical experts from Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital

Medical experts from Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital are featured speakers at an 'Advances in Pediatrics 2010' conference, which will focus on the latest treatment approaches for common pediatric problems.

The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 12, in Olson Auditorium at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge.   It is presented by Lutheran General Children's Hospital's department of pediatrics and division of pediatric surgery, which offer subspecialty care for children with a broad range of medical and surgical problems.

Topics will include: state-of-the-art pediatric brain surgery; an intensivist approach to severe asthma; atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventrical septal defect (VSD), how the hospitalist fits into the health care team; vaccinations and the flu; pediatric dysphagia from the ENT perspective; and nutrition and obesity (keynote lecture).

Speakers from Lutheran General Children's Hospital faculty will be: Keren Hasbani, M.D., pediatric cardiology; Jean Kim, M.D., pediatric infectious disease; John Ruge, M.D., pediatric neurosurgery and co-director of the Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center;  Jaye Schreier, M.D., pediatric hospitalist; David Sheftel, M.D., chairman, department of pediatrics; Michael Tsifansky, M.D., pediatric critical care; and David Walner, M.D., pediatric otolaryngology and co-director of the Pediatric Airway Center of Chicago.

Guest faculty for the conference is Robert Murray, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Murray is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on School Health and a representative of the Action for Healthy Kids initiative.

In addition to the presentations, hospital tours will be offered, question-and-answer sessions will be held with the conference faculty, and exhibits will be on display.

The fee for the conference is $35 for physicians, $30 for Advocate Health Care physicians, $30 for American Academy of Pediatrics (Illinois chapter) members, and $25 for residents, nurses and other health care professionals.  Fees include program materials, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 5.  Online registration is preferred at  Registrations also can be made by calling HealthAdvisor at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).  In addition, persons may sign up by mailing a check, payable to 'Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital,' to: Roberta Johnson, Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital - Pediatrics, 1775 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge, IL 60068.  For more information, call 847.723.7903.

Advocate Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.  Advocate Health Care designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category I CreditTM.   The conference is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter.

Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital is one of the most comprehensive children's hospitals in Illinois.  As the only children's hospital in the greater north and northwest metropolitan Chicago area, it is a major regional referral center for a broad range of infant and pediatric services, especially for those with complex illnesses and chronic conditions.

Offering the most advanced treatment options, Lutheran General Children's Hospital has pediatric specialists in virtually every medical and surgical field.  Lutheran General Children's Hospital has a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and one of the largest newborn intensive care units (NICU) in the region, providing the most advanced level of care to critically ill newborns.

The children's hospital has the state's highest Level III perinatal facility designation, and also is an Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services for Children-designated Pediatric Critical Care Center, offering the top level of specialized critical  and emergency care services to pediatric patients. 

Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital is located on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a 645-bed tertiary care, teaching and research hospital, Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area.   Lutheran General has been recognized 11 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters.  For 10 years, Lutheran General was rated by US News & World Report as being one of America's Best Hospitals, receiving 'top 50 in the nation' rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties.  In addition, Lutheran General was selected for the fourth time as one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals, according to the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study.

Lutheran General recently achieved the best overall surgical morbidity ranking in the country according to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons.  It also received a "Get With The Guidelines" gold award from the American Heart Association for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care for patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

In addition, the hospital has been named Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care, spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield and is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission in recognition of its exceptional outcomes for patients.

The hospital was the first in the north and northwest suburbs to be awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center's prestigious Magnet designation, the highest honor and level of nursing excellence in the nation.

Lutheran General is part of Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care, the largest fully integrated health care delivery system in metropolitan Chicago and the state of Illinois.  It is recognized as one of the top health care systems in the country.  Related to both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate is a not-for-profit provider of health care services.

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