Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online June 11. The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties. Holtz was ranked in six specialties this year.
Two Miller School collaborative studies led by Lisa Plano, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology, have shown a clear link between a common human bacterium and ocean environments. For the first time, UM researchers showed that levels of Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as “staph,” vary in tidal waters and beach sand, based on the number of bathers.
During UM’s inaugural Week of Well-Being last month, more than 100 UM faculty, staff and students volunteered their time and talents to create beautiful cards for children receiving care through the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital. Help the Department select one winning card to print and sell for donations to enhance pediatric facilities on the medical campus.
Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, who dedicated her life to saving the tiniest newborns, mentoring trainees around the world and sharing her wealth of research expertise in neonatology with colleagues and students, passed away May 9 after a brief battle against the cancer she had conquered nearly a decade ago. She was 67.
Faced with conflicting studies about the optimal level of supplemental oxygen that premature infants need to overcome respiratory failure but avoid other complications, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Director of the Division of Neonatology, suggests in an editorial that clinicians use higher, rather than lower, oxygenation targets within recommended ranges to assure the greatest chance of survival for the tiniest patients.