Presidents Message – November 29, 2014
Hello SPCN Members!
I wanted to provide you with an update on our meeting in Chicago this past November. The educational session on Risky Business from within Hosptial Walls to School Halls was extremely informative. This year, members will have access to meeting power point presentations. Members will be notified when they are available on the website.
The tour of the acutiy adaptable cardiac unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital was very interesting. The new hospital is lovely and structured to provide a healing environment for patients and families. After the tour, participants were afforded an opportunity to network while enjoying Chicago style pizza and take in a magnificent view of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier.
Included in the business portion of the SPCN meeting was the results of our ballot for open board member positions. We welcomed Tanya Maria Kempton as our new Secretary, Trudy Pierick as our new Member at Large and myself as President of the organization for a second term. Thank you to all who voted!
I want to also congratulate Trudy Pierick for being inducted this year as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). This honor recognizes AHA members for their scientific and professional accomplishments as well as volunteer leadership and service.
Lastly, I would like to provide you with an update on our website. Our conference page has now been expanded to include national conferences of interest to our members. If you have any additions, please send them my way. We also have 3 new Members Only pages. All three of these pages are located under the Member Spotlight tab. They include Awards, Publications, and Research. Under the Awards tab, we would to keep a roster of members who have received FAHA recognition as well as highlight members who have received any other honors for the current year (2014-2015). Under the Publications and Research tabs, we would like to showcase journal articles published by our members within the last three years and on-going research projects. A link will be available for membersto complete so that they can share their awards and work with other members.
Future website additions include access to the PCICS/SPCN Pediatric and Neonatal Management Guidelines as well as results of membership surveys sent out within the last 3 years. Once again, if you have any questions or suggestions for the website, please feel free to contact me.