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  • Hasbro Children's Hospital Milestones

  • 1994—Hasbro Children's Hospital opens its doors: The new seven-story, 87-bed hospital is dedicated specifically to the care of children—offering the region's first pediatric emergency room and pediatric intensive care unit. Hasbro Children's Hospital has a "parents as partners" philosophy that encourages parents to participate in their children's care throughout their stay.

    1996—Hasbro Children's Hospital establishes Child Protection Program: Directed by Carole Jenny, MD, the Child Protection Program offers a full range of services to diagnose abused children. A 24-hour on-call team of specialists provides family support and trains medical staff to recognize abuse.

    1998—Rhode Island's first pediatric kidney transplant: Transplant surgeon Paul Morrissey, MD, performs the state's first pediatric kidney transplant, and opens the door for families to receive this vital surgery close to home. The transplant center is one of five in New England that offers pediatric kidney transplants.

    1998—State's first Injury Prevention Center opens: Injuries are the leading cause of hospitalization and death for Rhode Island's children and young adults. The Injury Prevention Center's goal is to reduce injuries in Rhode Island by conducting research; holding community projects and events; and educating health professionals, policy makers and the public about the problem of injuries in Rhode Island.

    1999—International Adoption Clinic opens: The hospital’s division of pediatric infectious diseases opens the International Adoption Clinic, evaluating children adopted from more than 50 different countries.

    1999-2011—Setting the standard of care and science in cancer treatment: Cindy Schwartz, MD, MPH, chairs the Children’s Oncology Group Hodgkin Lymphoma Committee, setting the standard of care and science in this disease for more than a decade.

    2000—In-utero fetal surgery performed for the first time in the Northeast: Pediatric surgeons Francois Luks, MD, and Thomas Tracy, MD, introduce fetal surgery, in which ultrasound and other technologies are used to detect abnormalities and perform corrective surgery. In 2001, the surgical team works with Women & Infants' Hospital to perform the first twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) surgery, a pioneering procedure in fetal surgery to save the lives of identical twin babies. TTTS is a condition in the placenta resulting in a disproportionate flow of blood between twins. www.fetal-treatment.org/

    2000—Transplant program begins: The Pediatric Renal Transplant Program begins. An extensive care team evaluates and manages children and their donors.

    2000—Draw-A-Breath program launched: Hasbro Children's Hospital launches a unique asthma outreach and education program funded by CVS/pharmacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program proves successful in educating children and their parents to better manage asthma, resulting in a reduced number of visits to the emergency department, reduced hospital admissions due to severe asthma attacks, and a reduced number of missed school days.

    2001—Hasbro Children's Hospital begins pediatric sedation services: The hospital begins offering sedation for children undergoing diagnostic services—primarily CT scan and MRI—under the direction of a dedicated team of professionals. Results are more accurate and fewer repeat procedures are necessary. More about pediatric radiology.

    2002—World's youngest patient receives intraoperative radiation therapy: A medical/surgical team uses a new form of intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to prevent recurrence of a metastatic brain lesion in a four-year-old Rhode Island boy. The patient is the youngest in the world to receive radiation therapy during surgery for a brain tumor.

    2002—Toddler's heart repaired without opening chest: A pediatric interventional cardiologist closes a hole in a toddler's heart without opening his chest. The two-year-old patient was born with a congenital heart condition known as atrial septal defect. The defect is corrected through a high-tech, minimally invasive procedure that implants an occlusion device in the heart. Only five medical centers in New England perform the procedure.
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    2002—Hasbro Children's Hospital runs the state's only pediatric transport team: The hospital's pediatric transport team is responsible for transporting children from other area hospitals to Hasbro's pediatric intensive care unit. The team—a physician, intensive care nurse and respiratory therapist—is on call 24 hours a day to provide immediate response. The team's goal is to mobilize within 30 minutes and board an ambulance to travel to any hospital in the region. An average of 30 patients a month are transported to the PICU. In 2002, the hospital appoints two full-time nurses to coordinate the transport team's efforts and ensure timely mobilization.

    2002—Hasbro Children's Hospital launches VIP program: Hasbro Children's Hospital develops and launches the Ventilator Integration Program for patients who are dependent on ventilators to breathe. Staff trains families on how to use a ventilator so they can care for their children at home, eliminating a long hospital stay.

    2003—New implanted device restores hearing: Ear specialist Brian Duff, MD, uses a new technique to restore a nine-year-old's hearing. A titanium device is implanted and permanently bonded to living bone. Once secured, the bone becomes a pathway for sound to travel to the inner ear without involving the ear canal or middle ear. The bone-implanted device is used in children who cannot wear conventional hearing aids. More about audiology services for children.

    2003—Hasbro Children's Hospital opens Pediatric Heart Center and Respiratory and Immunology Center: Two comprehensive centers open, one for the care of children requiring specialized cardiac care, the other for asthma and allergies. Both are dedicated specifically to children.

    2003—Amputation avoided by bone grown from bone marrow cells: In July 2003, orthopedic surgeon Michael Ehrlich, MD, performs a first-of-its kind procedure to help grow bone in the leg of nine-year-old boy born without a fibula. By using bone marrow cells from the patient's pelvis, combined with demineralized bone matrix, Ehrlich succeeds in growing bone alongside cartilage in the patient's leg. Without this procedure, the conventional option would be amputation of the child's leg. More about pediatric orthopedic services.  

    2004—Fetal surgery proves successful: An international study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that performing laser treatment in utero is more effective for treating TTTS than conventional treatment with amniocentesis. TTTS is a condition in the placenta resulting in a disproportionate flow of blood between twins. Hasbro Children's Hospital, in collaboration with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants' Hospital, is the only site in North America to participate in the study. Francois Luks, MD, of Hasbro Children's Hospital, is an author on the paper.

    2005—Child magazine ranks Hasbro Children's Hospital 9th nationally for its orthopedics program.

    2005—The Art While You Wait program designed for the Hasbro Children's Hospital emergency department is one of five winners nationally in the Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Competition.

    2005—Hasbro Children's Hospital's community asthma programs receive a 2005 "Healthy Schools! Healthy Kids!" award from the RI Department of Health and the RI Department of Education.

    2005—Rhode Island's only pediatric lipid clinic is developed. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, endocrinologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists treat children and families with hyperlipidemia.

    2006—Hasbro Children's Hospital opens its Center for Pediatric Imaging and Sedation: The diagnostic suite offers a complete range of imaging services, including MRI and CT scans, exclusively for children and is designed to make imaging quick, easy and anxiety free for children.

    2007—Hasbro Children's Hospital is designated a Children's Miracle Network hospital: Hasbro Children's Hospital is one of 170 children's hospitals affiliated with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals providing the finest care and community outreach to millions of children with diseases and injuries of every kind.

    2007—Primary care medical home program established in the pediatric ambulatory care center with the goal of meeting the unique needs of children with physical and developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions.

    2007—The Refugee Health Program is developed to address the medical needs of newly arrived refugee children (from countries including Liberia, Burundi, Eritrea, Myanmar, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Nepal) and their families to Rhode Island.

    2009—Hasbro Children's Hospital is ranked among the top 30 children's hospitals nationwide by Parents magazine.

    2009—Founding member of the Consortium for New England Childhood Cancer Survivors (CONNECCS): Hasbro Children's Hospital's hematology/oncology department is a founding member of CONNECCS and the lead institution for the research committee

    2010—LifePACT, the state's first pediatric critical care transport ambulance begins operating from Hasbro Children's Hospital: Provided by a gift from Hasbro, Inc. and designed especially for children, the ambulance transports critically ill children from other health care facilities to Hasbro Children's Hospital. More about LifePACT.

    2010—Food Allergy Center formed, providing multidisciplinary, family-centered care for children and adolescents with eating disorders. More about the Food Allergy Center.

    2010—Highest H1N1 flu immunization: Hasbro Children's Hospital collaborated with the Department of Health to achieve the highest H1N1 flu immunization rates in the U.S. for children ages six months to 17 years.

    2011—Top Five in cystic fibrosis care: Hasbro Children's Hospital's Cystic Fibrosis Care Center was recognized as one of the top five programs for several indicators of excellent nutrition for patients 19 years and younger.

    2011—Gabrielle’s Heart Camp founded: This camp for kids with congenital heart disease teaches independence and life skills to children with chronic illness who are transitioning into adulthood.

    2011—Fragile X Program formed: Children’s Neurodevelopment Center (CNDC) forms the Fragile X Program, established in conjunction with the National Fragile X Foundation and the National Fragile X Clinical Research Consortium.

    2011—Transition to Adulthood Program formed: The CNDC forms the Transition to Adulthood Program to assist families in managing the complex passage from pediatric to adult care.

    2011—“Together through Transplantation” launched: The hospital’s nephrology department begins allowing adult donor parents and the recipient child to recover in the same room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital after transplant surgery.

    2012—Sleep program accreditation: Hasbro Children's Hospital's Sleep Center Program is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for five years, making the program one of only two accredited pediatric sleep centers in the region. More about the sleep program.

    2012—Family Advisory Council formed with a mission to foster communication and collaboration in the planning of programs and policies and the delivery of services to meet the needs of children and their families.

    2012—Hasbro 6 medical psychiatric unit opens: The hospital’s inpatient medical psychiatric unit opens, offering a comfortable, safe and therapeutic environment to patients ages 6 to 18 who have both medical and psychiatric illness. More about the medical psychiatric unit.

    2012—Gender and sexuality specialty services offered: The hospital’s adolescent medicine department begins offering gender and sexuality specialty services. Hormonal blockade, cross-gender hormonal treatment, lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGBT), contraception, and gynecology care are offered.

    2012—The Adolescent Bone Health Program, a clinical partnership between the divisions of adolescent medicine and endocrinology, is formed.

    2012—The Eating Disorder Program is formed, providing multidisciplinary, family-centered care for children and adolescents with eating disorders.

    2012—Child Protection Program is dedicated as the The Lawrence A. Aubin Sr. Child Protection Center.

    2012—Diabetes Education Program recertified: The diabetes education program, originally certified in 2008, is recertified. It is one of only a few programs in the New England area that educates patients and families with new-onset diabetes in the outpatient setting.

    2012—Hemodialysis treatment at home: The pediatric home hemodialysis program for children is launched, allowing for families to care for sick children in the comfort of their home.

    2012—Landmark Progeria study published: Leslie B. Gordon, MD, PhD, and colleagues publish a landmark study reporting results of the first-ever clinical drug trial for children with Progeria, a rare, fatal aging disease.

    2013—A.C.T. Now Intake program is formed: The CNDC introduces the A.C.T. Now triage and care coordination program, providing families an evaluation by a clinical psychologist, social worker or nurse practitioner to assess needs and begin care coordination services.

    2013—Hasbro Children's Hospital is granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of Pediatric Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

    2013—Hasbro Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit earns a Silver Beacon Award from American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

    2014Hasbro Children's Hospital is verified, for the first time, as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and is reverified as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.