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New year brings efficient changes
Changes in the Clinical Center's organizational structure Jan. 1 are aimed
at providing more efficient management of some key CC services.
Information Systems has been divided into two new departments: the Department
of Clinical Research Informatics, with Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld as chief, and the
Department of Networks and Applications, headed by Richard Gordon, CC chief
"The Clinical Research Information System project is clearly an NIH-wide
program," noted Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director, in making the announcement.
The new departments reflect a natural division of information technology skills
and responsibilities, he added, and both departmental teams will work closely
More effective support for nursing care activities and preparations for the
move into the new Clinical Research Center in 2003 are goals of changes in the
CC Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services. The changes, also to take
effect this month, primarily affect professional practice support services within
the department. Two new divisions have been created: research and outcomes management
and professional practice development.
The reorganization was partially in response to a shift within the leadership
team for nursing and patient care services. Carol Romano, formerly chief of
nursing's clinical informatics services, has been named deputy chief for the
new Department of Clinical Research Informatics. Steve Groban, former chief
of the Outpatient Department, is now program manager in the Department of Networks
and Applications. Karen Kaczorowski has been named acting chief of the Outpatient
"These changes not only prepare us for the intensive work needed to move
into the new hospital, but also acknowledge the support needed to fulfill both
our clinical care and research missions," said Clare Hastings, nursing
and patient care services chief.
The research outcomes and management division will address the need for expanded
involvement by nurses in clinical research. "This division will provide
a focus for collecting and analyzing information to improve patient outcomes,"
said Hastings. "This will set the stage for expanded research involvement
and make multiple career paths available to nurses."
Hastings will conduct a search for a director of this division with experience
in developing research and evaluation programs in a hospital setting. Jacques
Bolle, former acting nursing chief, will head the professional practice development
division. It will include staff education and development, recruitment and retention,
and workforce diversity programs. "Jacques is ideal for this role,"
said Hastings. "He has an acknowledged track record with developing programs
to support collaboration and customer service." In addition, Bolle will
be developing a clinical consultant role for himself with the new pain and palliative
The three clinical services in nursing, which include all the nursing units,
ambulatory care areas, and day hospitals, have been renamed. Adults and pediatrics
(formerly adult and pediatric nursing services) will continue to be led by Tannia
Cartledge. Laura Chisholm has been named chief for acute and clinical care (formerly
critical and acute care nursing service). Jeanne Radcliffe will continue in
her dual role as acting chief of behavioral health (formerly mental health,
alcoholism, aging and liaison services) and manager of the 3 West nursing unit.
"I don't expect this new organizational structure to stay static,"
said Hastings. "It will change as we expand programs and move into the
new setting. This is an initial attempt to create an infrastructure to address
key priorities right now."
-by Colleen Henrichsen
Steve Case, CEO of America Online (center),
held a press conference at the Childrens Inn to announce a joint effort
to bring Starbright into the homes of sick children. Participating in
the press conference (btm left to right) Whitney Wyland, Justen Smitt,
Patricia Washington, Lori Wiener, NCI, and Charles Fletcher. (top left
to right) Bob Steinberg, Bonnie Daland and Kristi Manning, all of Starbright.
Starbright comes home to
Seriously ill children at the Clinical Center will now have the opportunity
to take their friends and in some cases, their nurses home with them.
America Online and Dell Computers have teamed up with Starbright Foundation,
a organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children face medical and
emotional challenges, in an effort to bring computers into the homes of these
During a press conference last month, Steve Case, CEO of America Online, sat
with several young patients at the Children's Inn while broadcasting via videoconference
to Los Angeles where Starbright Foundation Chairmen Steven Spielberg and General
H. Norman Schwarzkopf announced the joint effort.
"These children have the support while they are at the hospital, but
when they go home, they are cut off," said Schwarzkopf. "But not any
more. Now it doesn't have to end when they come home."
Starbright is computer software that is given to a select number of hospitals
and allows children to access the private Starbright cyberworld and meet children
who are being treated for the same illness, ask nurses about different procedures
and share stories. Through the Starbright world, children are able to chat online,
email their buddies and compete in games.
"There are kids who are not here for a very long time. Those kids are
the ones who will benefit from this partnership," said Lori Wiener, coordinator
of NCI's pediatric HIV psyco-social support and research program at the Clinical
The Clinical Center is one of 80 hospitals nationwide that has Starbright.
"It's a place where you can meet people and find out that you are not
the only person who has this disease," said Whitney Wyland, 14, of Altoona,
Pa. Wyland was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and travels
to the Clinical Center for treatment every six weeks."If you have a stressful
day, Starbright takes your mind off of the stress," he said.
The first phase of Starbright's expansion to reach children at home begins
this month with an upgrade of each hospital's software to communicate with the
Starbright home version. Once the hospitals have been updated, all eligible
children and their families will be provided with free internet accounts from
AOL and computers from Dell.
"We are just proud to play a small role in the lives of some very brave
kids," said Spielberg. "We want to give them back their childhood
by creating a private world just for them, so for awhile they are free to be
-by Tanya C. Brown
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NIH employees bring holiday cheer
Nearly 30 children in the pediatric wards of the CC received
portions of the 500 toys donated by employees for the fifth annual Toys
to Share program sponsored by the NIH Police and Fire Department. Children
were greeted by Santa Clause and several members of the Redskins Cheerleaders
who signed autographs and took pictures. "We just saw there was a
need and we coordinate with the health care workers," said Capt.
Lawrence Brown, coordinator of the Toys to Share program. "It's rewarding
to see the smiles on the kids faces, but this couldn't have happened without
the help of the NIH employees."
Dr. Goldspiel was awarded a plaque by Dr. Thomas L. Garthwaite,
president of AMSUS, during a ceremony in Las Vegas.
Goldspiel awarded for excellence in pharmacy
Dr. Barry Goldspiel, projects coordinator pharmacist in the pharmacy department,
was recently awarded the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
(AMSUS) award for excellence in clinical pharmacy practice.
The award recognizes the leadership role of federal pharmacists in the transformation
of pharmacy practice by working closely with other health-care providers to
enhance various therapies in a safe and cost-effective manner.
Dr. Goldspiel was cited for being instrumental in improving cancer patient
outcomes, promoting cost-effective medication therapy in cancer patients and
enhancing pharmacy systems for cancer patient care.
"I'm honored to receive this award and grateful for the opportunity to
work in an environment where I am able to excel," said Dr. Goldspiel.
"He is an extremely valuable member of our clinical staff and an excellent
role model for the federal pharmacy program," said Dr. Robert DeChristoforo,
deputy chief of the pharmacy department. "His status as an internationally
known resource for the oncology pharmacy practitioner community makes him worthy
of the award."
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Join the Manchester String Quartet on January 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Masur
Auditorium for a free concert. For additional information or accommodations
for other disabilities, email Sharon Greenwell at email@example.com. or call 301-496-4713.
Registration for the 2001 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice
of Clinical Research" has started. Classes will be held on the NIH campus
on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (some sessions
will last until 7:00 p.m.). The deadline for registering is January 19, 2001.
For information or to register, visit the course website at http://www.cc.nih.gov/od/core
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The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is seeking healthy
women, ages 18-55, 60 and above for an ovarian function study. Compensation
will be provided. For further information call 1-800-411-1222.
The National Eye Institute is looking for men and women with age-related macular
degeneration for a three-year research study of a new potential treatment. All
study related examinations and treatments are provided at no cost to the participant.
For further information or to volunteer for the study, please call 1-800-411-1222.
Weight loss study
Overweight children and teens between the ages of 6 and 17 are needed for
a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Development to test potential
weight-loss medicine. Parents who are interested in enrolling their child should
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke seeks families
with stuttering or speech articulation disorders to participate in an experimental
study to help find the cause of these speech disorders. Compensation will be
provided. For more information call 1-800-411-1222.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is testing to
find if the drug Raloxifene reduces pain in women with endometriosis. Surgical
treatment is combined with either Raloxifene or a placebo. The study is free.
For more information call 1-800-411-1222.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is
seeking adults with hypertension for a blood draw. Participants are needed for
one hour and will be compensated $50. Appointments will be scheduled at 9:15
a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only. For more information call Tereza at 301-496-1115.
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