News briefs – Aug. 2

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NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HONORED FOR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY – Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize is presented annually to raise awareness of the need for a hospital-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, safe, patient-centered care and reward successful efforts to develop and promote a systems-based approach toward improvements in quality of care. The prize is supported by a grant from the McKesson Corporation. This year’s awardees were honored on July 23 at the Health Forum-American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Francisco. The four hospitals receiving this year’s recognition were selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on each hospital’s sustainable and pervasive approach to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) six quality aims of safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered and equitable health care.

The 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., an academic medical center, was honored as a finalist. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind. each received the Citation of Merit.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Zero Hero program strives for the goal of eliminating all preventable harm for their pediatric patients and staff. Outside its walls, the hospital focuses on improving the safety and quality of life for children and the community. Physicians and employees are passionate about driving improvement. Guiding this work is a committed board, senior leadership and medical staff.

STATE MEETINGS SCHEDULED – Three sections of the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) will meet next week at the Division of Industrial Compliance, 6606 Tussing Road, OCILB Conference Room, Reynoldsburg. The Electrical Section will meet on Tuesday, August 4, at 10 a.m. The Plumbing Section will meet on Wednesday, August 5, at 10 a.m. The Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Section will meet on Thursday, August 6, at 10 a.m.

OCILB issues licenses to qualified electrical, Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, hydronics and refrigeration contractors who successfully pass a licensing examination. The Board sections review applicants before they are approved to take the test for a particular trade. The Board sections also issue disciplinary actions as well as review late renewals and continuing education courses.

The Ohio Real Estate Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 5, at 9 a.m. at the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, 77 South High Street, 22nd Floor, Columbus.

The Ohio Real Estate Commission reviews hearing examiner reports and settlement agreements each month regarding alleged real estate license law violations and considers licensee appeals on licensure issues. If a licensee is found to have violated licensing law, the Commission can revoke or suspend a license, assess a fine, order additional continuing education, or issue a public reprimand.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGING TO HOST EXPO AT OHIO STATE FAIR – The Ohio Department of Aging invites all Ohioans to visit the “Well Beyond 60!” EXPO during National Church Residences’ Senior Day at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The expo will feature health screenings that will help visitors identify healthy choices they can make throughout their lifespans to ensure they live a healthier, more active life at age 60 and beyond. The event is free with fair admission, which is only $4 all day for visitors age 60 and older.

Fairgoers visiting the expo will have access to free health screenings and educational displays including: Blood pressure screening, falls risk assessment, balance testing, vision screening, nutrition education, stroke information and more.

“Aging well begins at birth and never stops being important. We know that the choices we make throughout our lives have a greater impact on our health and wellness in elderhood than genetics,” said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. “No matter your age or physical ability, there is always something you can do to improve your health and ensure that you live ‘Well Beyond 60!’ We’re excited to bring together partners from many disciplines to promote lifestyle choices that can have real benefit at any age.”

CLINICAL GENETICIST JOINS AKRON CHILDREN’S – Carrie Costin, M.D., has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a clinical geneticist.

As a member of the team in the Genetic Center, Dr. Costin offers diagnostic evaluation and medical management of genetic conditions, birth defects and developmental delays, as well as advanced genetic testing and interpretation of test results.

After graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Dr. Costin completed her residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. She then completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Costin is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

The Genetic Center provides services to children and adults, including preconception services for couples interested in learning about the likelihood of having a child with a birth defect or genetic condition, a prenatal clinic, a hereditary cancer program to assess the risk of having a hereditary predisposition to certain cancers, and specialty clinics for cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, fragile X, metabolic disorders, sickle cell disease, spina bifida and skeletal dysplasia.

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