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A letter from a fellow questioner at
Children’s Hospital Colorado
At our hospital, as I am sure it has been at yours, the past few months have been
a story of collaboration, innovation and exhaustion, with all hands on deck
preparing for the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve maneuvered barriers related
to testing; implemented strategies for the use and conservation of personal
protective equipment; and communicated procedures for donning and doffing,
seemingly continuously altering all those procedures as new guidelines and
capabilities have emerged.
It has been a combination of proactive and reactive measures to brace for the
inevitable onslaught of patients — that hasn’t come to most of us, at least not
yet. So if we’re on borrowed time, we’re using it wisely. Some of the world’s
best and brightest minds are pediatric professionals, and it’s particularly
advantageous that they have capacity to explore new ways to prevent infection,
treat the symptoms caused by this virus and help patients heal faster.
One initiative we’re particularly proud of here at Children’s Colorado is the
establishment of a scientific advisory council. This group includes a variety of
our subspecialists, from rheumatologists to critical care providers to emergency
medicine specialists, who collect and evaluate the latest information on
COVID-19 from around the world. It helps guide how we manage patients with
COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, and informs
our research efforts. We’re grateful for the close collaboration of institutions
across the country as we all learn from one another on how to best navigate the
remainder of this pandemic.
It’s a challenging time, to be sure, both in our personal and professional lives. As
a hospital, we’ve been working to foster resilience among our team members.
We were grateful for the boost we received from the release of the U.S. News
and World Report honor roll, where we ranked No. 6 on the list of top children’s
hospitals — a nice leap from our No. 10 ranking last year. We recognize this
placement is a combination of both our performance and our reputation
among subspecialists around the country, and we are honored to be among the
hospitals to which you would entrust the care of your patients.
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Thank you for your support, and know that ours is always available to you —
whether in the form of an additional opinion or research collaboration. We
highlight several projects in this edition of Q: Magazine that may be of interest.
Best wishes to you, your teams and your families as we work towards seeing the
end of this pandemic and hopefully a return to a better but assuredly different
new sense of normalcy.
DANIEL HYMAN, MD
Chief Medical and Patient Safety Officer
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