Fall 2022

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Patient Stories, News, Announcements and more from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A Transformative Journey

In July, Cassandra Josephson, M.D., became director of the Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. She is grateful for the opportunity to lead a program where her memories are plentiful from her days as a medical student at the USF College of Medicine, doing her pediatric rotation here at All Children’s back in the early '90s. She sees outstanding potential in this institution with its vision of embedding research with clinical care.

Cassandra Josephson MD

Articles in this Issue

  • A Preschool with A Special Purpose

    Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has developed an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) preschool language class. This program gives children ages 2-6, who cannot be introduced to a public school setting due to health or other concerns, a chance to learn to communicate through AAC devices within a specialized class or social setting. This helps them learn to interact with teachers and other children and build relationships through structured play, music, art and other motivating activities.

    Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) preschool language class.
  • Caring for Kids Amid the Storm

    With uncertainty until the final hours as to where Hurricane Ian, a massive category 4 storm, would make landfall, teams of dedicated professionals at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital locked down and prepared for the worst, while continuing to provide a high level of care to patients. While the hospital was spared from the worst of the storm, its mission to care for sick children was tested in an extraordinary way. This video shares that experience. 

    The hospital's helicopter
  • Get to Know Neonatologist and Peruvian American, Dr. Prem Fort

    Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is home to a 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offering the highest level of care. During NICU awareness month and Hispanic Heritage month, we’re taking the time out to get to know Dr. Prem Fort, a Peruvian-American, and what drives his passion to help our tiniest patients.

    Dr. Prem Fort with a patient family
  • Katie Bryant Receives the DAISY Nurse Leader Award

    Katie Bryant is the professional development specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Katie Bryant
  • Student Research Training Program Launches Biomedical Science Interest

    For Darby Oleksak, recent graduate and laboratory technician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, the hospital’s Student Research Training Program helped to cultivate her interest in research and inspire her to pursue medical school.

    Darby Oleksak and Andreas Patsalos, Ph.D.
  • A Toxic Thriller, Full of Twists

    We caught up with developmental pediatrician Joel Shulkin, M.D. to learn more about his own dual identity as a pediatric specialist and writer. His latest book is now available in bookstores and online.

    Joel Shulkin, M.D.
  • Experienced Voices Shape Patient and Family Advisory Council

    Members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), like Zakkiyya Phillips, sit with critical care nurses, other medical professionals, and administrative leaders to learn how to enhance patient- and family-centered care throughout the hospital. Their efforts pay off in a big way by creating a more supportive environment.

    Zakkiyya Phillips and her son, Zavier.
  • For the Love of Marvin

    Amid tragedy rises grace as a hospital pulls together for a couple that turns their worst day into the gift of life for others.

    A photo of Marvin's family with him in the hospital
  • Fulfilling a Generous Dream

    In 2014, Kay Aidlin and her late husband, Stephen, became Dream Builders with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. But that’s not the whole picture.

    Grateful mom Victoria, left, hugs Kay Aidlin, who has been generous with her time and money.
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research Symposium Takes International Look into COVID-19 and More

    The symposium included several presentations related to COVID-19 along with other topics ranging from biomarkers and biospecimen science to pediatric health equity research.

    Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., keynote speaker at the 11th annual Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research Symposium
  • Nathan Jones, R.N., Receives the DAISY Award

    Nathan Jones, R.N., is the latest DAISY Award recipient.

    Nathan Jones, R.N.