Summer 2023

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

Healthy Steps: Shaelyn’s Story

Shaelyn is now in better physical and mental health thanks to her determination and with the help of the experts in the Healthy Steps program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. Healthy Steps features a patient-centered, evidence-based, multi-level approach to pediatric obesity, including the only pediatric weight management clinic on Florida’s west coast.

Patient Shaelyn at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Articles in this Issue

  • A Family with Pride

    As a social worker in the neuro-oncology program at Johns Hopkins All Children's, Allegra Kartha, M.S.W., provides social and emotional support for patients and their families. In celebration of Pride month, they talk about their role at the hospital and involvement in several committees making an impact for patients, families and staff, and why Pride is more than just a month.

    Allegra Kartha, M.S.W., at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Birdie Advocates for Johns Hopkins All Children’s

    <p>Diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) shortly after birth, Birdie received care at Johns Hopkins All Children&rsquo;s and is now a happy and healthy 1-year-old. She and her family recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to share her story as part of the Children&rsquo;s Hospital Association&rsquo;s Family Advocacy Day annual event.</p>

    Patient Birdie at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Celebrating Dad and Dr. Luis Rodriguez

    For Father's Day, Johns Hopkins All Children's honors the fathers like Luis Rodriguez, M.D., M.A.S., who work at the hospital. The pediatric neurosurgeon talks about how being a dad impacts the way he cares for his patients, and the ways his own father inspired him.

    Luis Rodriguez, M.D., M.A.S., at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Heart Tissue Sent to Space Being Researched at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

    When Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers got precious heart tissue back from space, they needed to do carefully calibrated testing. Rather than fly the samples back to Baltimore, the samples were brought across the state to Johns Hopkins All Children's, where the hospital's scientists and state-of-the-art research facilities could assist.

    A photo of the heart tissue samples that were sent to space for research purposes
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Celebrates 2023 Residency Graduation

    For the Johns Hopkins All Children's residents in the class of 2023, their residency started around the same time the pandemic did. The residents and the program adapted, and their perseverance paid off with a recent graduation ceremony.

    The Johns Hopkins All Children's resident class of 2023 celebrating graduation
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Ranks #1 in Florida

    Johns Hopkins All Children's ranked nationally in seven specialty areas, marking the third time in four years it has led the state in ranked pediatric specialties. The hospital's diabetes and endocrinology program, cancer program and pulmonology program achieved their highest rankings ever.

    U.S. News and World Report Ranks All Children's Hospital #1
  • Pride and Adventure

    As a respiratory therapy clinical supervisor, Eric Newcomer, B.S., RRT-NPS, works with patient families and other care team members in the acute care areas of the hospital, like the pediatric intensive care unit. In celebration of Pride month, Newcomer talks about what he loves about working at the hospital, as well as what Pride month means to him.

    Eric Newcomer, B.S., RRT-NPS, at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Working with Pride

    As a pediatric psychologist at Johns Hopkins All Children's, Callie King, Ph.D., sees patients and helps train hospital staff, medical providers and others on best practices when working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. In celebration of Pride month, she talks about her work at the hospital and why she sees Pride month as a time of reflection and gratitude.

    Callie King PhD at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • When Life Gets Tough, Bring Snacks

    The 5-year-old sibling of a toddler being treated for cancer "opens up shop" to provide sweet treats to clinical staff who are caring for his baby brother.

    Jaden, JoJo and their mom and dad at their snack stand in Johns Hopkins All Children's
  • Meet Elijah: A Special Olympic Winner, Child Life Aide and Smile Supplier

    As a Child Life aide, Elijah Shannon shares smiles and helps to make a difference across the hospital. He talks about why he enjoys working at Johns Hopkins All Children&rsquo;s, what a typical day is like, and how he recently competed in the state Special Olympics in Orlando.

    Elijah Shannon Child Life aide
  • Dr. Cassandra Josephson Named to National Panel

    The committee advises and makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on safety issues related to the use of blood, blood products, organs and tissues in transfusion medicine and transplantation.

    Cassandra Josephson, M.D.
  • Hyundai Gets the Wheels Moving to Help Children beat Cancer

    A grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels will be directed to Dr. Nanette Grana's work with the newly established genetic predisposition program, which helps identify pediatric cancer patients who have an increased likelihood to develop certain diseases, based on the presence of one or more genetic variants.

    Nanette Grana
  • Back to School: How to Pick and Wear a Backpack

    Pediatric orthopedic surgeon Ryan Fitzgerald, M.D., shares six tips on how to pick and wear a backpack to prevent injury.

    How to Pick and Wear a Backpack
  • Social Media and Self-diagnosis

    Increasingly, mental health professionals observe children and teens "self-diagnosing" mental disorders after watching influencers discuss them on social media platforms. Jennifer Katzenstein, Ph.D., provides tips for families on how to talk to children and teens about the mental health-related content they're seeing online.

    Jennifer Katzenstein, Ph.D.