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Event Postponed

The safety of the children and workforce at Ranken Jordan is our number one priority. To protect our patients and staff from the spread of infection including the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have postponed the Pediatric Complex Care Symposium event at this time.

Friday April 24, 2020

7:00AM - 1:00PM

The population of children with medical complexity is growing and will continue to require more resources, patient days, and funding from health care providers across the country. 

Learn more about the management of this fragile population from one of the nation’s leading experts in transitional care right here in St. Louis.

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Nicholas Holekamp, MD

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Nick Holekamp, MD, is the vice president and chief medical officer at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. He joined in 2000, and for nearly two decades, he’s helped more than 2,000 children and their families transition from a traditional hospital to home after chronic illness or injuries.

Under Dr. Holekamp’s leadership, Ranken Jordan transitioned from a 26-bed pediatric nursing home into a 60-bed, advanced pediatric specialty hospital that is regionally recognized as a center of excellence for the care of children with medical complexities. In 2018, he oversaw a $35-million expansion that nearly doubled the hospital’s capacity, and he continues to lead initiatives that ensure a collaborative, high-quality, patient-centered care environment.

He is the chief advocate for carrying out the vision of the hospital’s founder, Mary Ranken Jordan, which was to care for kids beyond the bedside. Dr. Holekamp gives kids their best chance for recovery through Care Beyond the Bedside, the hospital’s care philosophy that melds traditional health care with playful therapies that allows for routine child development, effective rehabilitation, and social re-integration so kids and their families can prepare for successful outcomes at home. His work has helped mold Ranken Jordan into a facility that parents describe as a “seamless, yet critical transition” for their child and that is held in high esteem by medical professionals across the healthcare continuum.

In 2017, Dr. Holekamp co-authored “The Effect of a Comprehensive Care Transition Model on Cost and Utilization for Medically Complex Children with Cerebral Palsy, a research paper published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

In October, 2018, Dr. Holekamp presented his findings at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Complex Care Association in a talk titled, “An Innovative Model of Transitional Care for Medically Complex Children.”

In 2019, the Missouri Foundation for Health named Dr. Holekamp the Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award.

Dr. Holekamp earned a degree in biology from Dartmouth College before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his residency in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Prior to joining Ranken Jordan, he was a pediatric hospitalist at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.

Alison Curfman, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Pediatric Virtual Care | Mercy Hospital

Dr. Alison Curfman, MD, MBA is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis.  She also serves as Medical Director for Pediatric Virtual Care at Mercy Virtual, and has launched virtual care programs for complex pediatric patients, neonatology, and pediatric emergency medicine. She completed residency and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Curfman co-founded SPROUT, a multi-center research network dedicated to high quality pediatric telehealth research, and currently serves on the executive committee.  She serves as an Executive Committee member for the AAP Section on Telehealth Care (SOTC), the education co-chair for the SOTC, the liaison to the Section on Early Career Physicians, and is a member of the AAP Young Physician Leadership Alliance.

Kurtis Sobush, MD

Medical Director, Complex Medical Care Program | SSM Health/Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Dr. Sobush is a board certified Pediatric Pulmonologist at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He has been their Medical Director of the Complex Medical Care Program since the program’s start in 2016. He is also a Consultant in shared patient care in both pulmonary and complex care medicine at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Dr. Sobush further serves as a Member-At-Large on the Ranken Jordan Board of Directors and is a member of both their Quality Improvement and Ethics Committees. He is the Medical Director of the Respiratory Care program at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park while providing education on pediatric respiratory emergency scenarios in the hospital and home environments along with updates to respiratory technology. He is a member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Complex Care Special Interest Group and has previously served as a member of the Pediatric Complex Care Association. Dr. Sobush has a particular interest in managing children with medical complexity that require tracheostomy care and home ventilation.

Cassandra Pruitt, MD

Medical Director, Complex Care Clinic | Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Dr. Pruitt received her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch Children’s Hospital in 2002.  She was the pediatric Chief Resident from 2002-2003.  She practiced primary care pediatrics, and was the pediatric residency program director at the University of Texas Medical Branch prior to joining the hospitalist group at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2010.  As a hospitalist, she coordinated the care of many of the most complex patients admitted to St. Louis Children’s hospital.  She also participated in many quality improvement initiatives and developed a core curriculum for the Division of Hospital Medicine; with publications on both of these topics.

She is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of Academic Pediatrics.  In July 2019, she opened the Complex Care Clinic at Washington University and is the medical director.  She is active in the pediatric residency program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as an associate residency program director.  She currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition and is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Beth Downey

Beth Downey, RN, PNP-BC

Medical Team Administrator | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Beth Downey is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Medical Team Administrator at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights. As the Medical Team Administrator, she supervises physicians and nurse practitioners. She participates on many hospital committees including Census and Marketing, Quality, and Patient Safety. Beth also has a clinical role where she cares for medically fragile and complex children. She develops a plan of care, facilitates communication and coordination of care amongst many specialists including at other hospitals, to ensure a successful transition from inpatient hospital setting to a home environment. 

Prior to joining Ranken Jordan in 2001, Beth was a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Cardiology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and worked with a Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Kansas City. Beth earned her BS in Nursing at the University of Virginia and her MS in Nursing at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. 

Kristin LaRose, MSN, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, ACHE

Chief Nursing Officer | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Kristin’s career is driven by a passion to serve others from her beginnings as a social worker in behavioral health to spending the last 25 years as a nursing leader in St. Louis.  She has worked with patients and families across the healthcare spectrum and loves helping complex pediatric patients get the best chance at recovery through the innovative care model at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.  Her passion is leadership and mentoring the next generation to serve and provide exceptional care to those we serve. She is actively involved with Missouri and St. Louis Organization for Nurse Leaders, Missouri Hospital Association, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Kristin and her husband, John, enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, biking, and playing golf.  Kristin is an avid cook and loves to read and spend time supporting her local library.

Duha Al-Zubeidi, MD

Infection Prevention & Control | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Dr. Duha Al-Zubeidi completed her Pediatric Infectious disease fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis. During that time, her primary research and clinical interests focused on multidrug resistant organisms’ acquisition and transmission between patients. She then worked at Children’s Mercy Kansas City where she focused on Infection Control and Prevention, outbreak investigation and control in addition to quality improvement. She is currently the Infection Control Director at Ranken Jordan. Her primary focus at Ranken Jordan is hospital epidemiology and health-care associated infections specifically in the pediatric complex population with the goal to support beyond the bedside care while keeping patients safe.

Melanie Hubert, RN

Administrator of Infection Prevention & Clinical Quality | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Melanie Hubert serves as the Administrator of Infection Prevention and Clinical Quality at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.  She joined Ranken Jordan in 2008 as a Nurse Manager and was named Clinical Services Administrator in 2011, overseeing day to day operations of the nursing, respiratory therapy and transport departments and attributes the relationships she has built with staff members over those years as being key to the success in her roles in infection prevention and quality.

Melanie has been a pediatric nurse for 25 years in the St Louis area and has worked in both the hospital and clinic setting.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from St Louis University, an Associates Degree in Nursing from the Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health and is currently completing BSN/MSN course work through Western Governor’s University.

Nick Beck, BHS, RRT-NPS

Respiratory Therapy Manager | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Nick Beck joined Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in 2019 as the Manager of the Respiratory Therapy Department. Nick received his Bachelors of Health Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Missouri.  Prior to joining Ranken Jordan Nick was a Respiratory Therapist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He has been an Pediatric Respiratory Therapist for 9 years.

Amanda Swaleh, BHS, RRT

Respiratory Therapy Educator | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Amanda currently serves as the Respiratory Therapy Educator at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. As the Respiratory Therapy Educator, she works interdepartmentally to ensure standardization of training regarding airway patients. She provides in-services on respiratory equipment and emergency airway management, and works closely with new employees.

Prior to joining Ranken Jordan in January of 2019, Amanda was an Adjunct Instructor for the Respiratory Therapy program at St. Louis Community College. She received her Associates in Applied Sciences and Arts in Respiratory Therapy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and received a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Missouri. She has worked as a Respiratory Therapist for 13 years.

Janene Mickel, RN-BC, BSN

Clinical Operations Manager | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Janene currently serves as the Clinical Operations Manager, at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.  She joined Ranken Jordan in 2002 as a bedside nurse, transitioned to nursing educator and since 2010 in her current role as Clinical Operations Manager, which involves nursing leadership, education and informatics roles. Janene has been a Pediatric/PICU nurse for 30+ years and has worked in nursing education at the hospital and college level and in patient care and leadership in  acute care and academic hospital settings.  She received her Diploma in Nursing from Methodist College of Nursing in Omaha, NE, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University, and is currently completing course work through Western Governor’s University towards an MSN-Nursing Leadership and Management.

Janene has been a Pediatric/PICU nurse for 30+ years and has worked in nursing education at the hospital and college level and in patient care and leadership in  acute care and academic hospital settings.  She received her Diploma in Nursing from Methodist College of Nursing in Omaha, NE, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University, and is currently completing course work through Western Governor’s University towards an MSN-Nursing Leadership and Management.

Jen Leary, RN, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner | Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Jen Leary serves as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. She joined Ranken Jordan in October 2012. Concurrent with her practice at Ranken Jordan, she also serves as an adjunct instructor of nursing at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Maryville University. Jen has worked in pediatrics for almost 20 years both as a staff nurse and PNP. She has worked in the St. Louis area and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in the hospital setting. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rockhurst University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Illinois-Chicago.

Friday, April 24 

Time Description Presenter
7:00am – 8:00am Arrival & Registration

8:00am – 8:10am Welcome & Housekeeping Brett Moorehouse
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
8:10am – 8:50am Current State of Complex Care Nick Holekamp, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
8:50am – 9:30am Patient Cases Beyond the Bedside

[30 min content + 10 min Q&A]

Beth Downey, RN, PNP-BC
Medical Team Administrator
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
9:30am – 9:40am Break  
9:40am – 11:00am Providing Safe Care Beyond the Bedside

 

11:00am – 11:55am Managing Complex Care through Collaboration:

Panel Discussion

 

Moderator:

Nick Holekamp, MD
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

 

Panelist:

11:55am – 12:00pm Thank you & Closing Remarks Nick Holekamp
12:00pm – 1:00pm Grab & Go Lunch + Facility Tour

ACCREDITATION

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and The Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent and Crippled Children. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDED BY

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Continuing Medical Education.

CREDIT AWARDED FOR THIS ACTIVITY

American Medical Association (AMA):  Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC):  Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 ANCC contact hours.

DISCLOSURE:

It is the policy of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Continuing Medical Education, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.  All planners, faculty and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity have disclosed all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All disclosures have been reported and are indicated with their presentations.  Any potential conflicts were addressed and resolved.

 

All members of the CME department have nothing to disclose.

 

Speakers are also expected to openly disclose inclusion of discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

 

Presentations are expected to be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indication in the care of patients.  All scientific research should conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

 

These presentations are not an endorsement of any commercial interests.

 

These presentations are the views and experiences of the presenters.  The presenters’ views do not represent the policy or position of Washington University School of Medicine.  Washington University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, is the sponsor for CME credits.

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

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Maryland Heights, MO 63043

314.872.6400

If you have any questions please reach out to Sonja Hultz below:

Sonja Hultz

Phone: 314.872.6430

Email: sonja.hultz@rankenjordan.org