September 2022

In This Issue


Elaine Billmire, MD

Tim Bonfield

Brian Bramer

Jason Feldmann

Holly Kothe

Leighanne Toole

Cindy Duesing, editor

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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In today’s world, change comes at us with lightning speed. There is always something shiny and new to divert our attention. Much of it is noise, but some of it requires us to adjust how we go about our lives. It’s no wonder then that we find comfort in things that are steadfast and familiar.

In our cover story, we look at one of those steadfast elements so ingrained in our culture—our commitment to safety—with a recap of the 12th annual Surgical Safety Stand Down. The stand down was started by Fred Ryckman, MD, a surgeon and former senior vice president of Medical Operations. Read about the great work our team has done in this arena, including some exciting milestones we’ve reached, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Then check out our story about the Oak Building, which Cincinnati Children’s has owned and operated for 20 years. Learn about the site’s history and scroll through your coworkers’ memories of working there.

In this issue, we also bid farewell to Jorge Bezerra, MD, another Cincinnati Children’s stalwart who is taking on a position as pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

With additional stories about the history of organ transplants at Cincinnati Children’s; Paul Wales’ appointment as the Moritz Ziegler Chair of Pediatric Surgery, and a stroke survivor who is now working as a nurse in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, it’s clear that excellence is a tradition of our medical center that you can count on, no matter how much the world changes.

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