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A Different Kind Of Fight

One Family’s Journey Through Cancer to Capitol Hill “Children’s cares about the most vulnerable among us, those who often do not have a political voice.” Liz Lyons, Children’s Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs It started with dark bruises on then 9-year-old Grace’s legs. An avid ballerina, her mom, Mandy, initially thought they were from […]

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A Promise to Be the Best

Children’s commitment to improving the patient experience and service excellence has been an essential thread in the organization’s fabric since its founding. In recent years, though, this emphasis has become stronger, clearer, and more concrete.

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Just Kids

Addressing Autism

A distinctive program helps families and health professionals provide comprehensive, patient-centered care Coming into a medical setting—whether it’s an emergency or a routine appointment—can increase anxiety for children and caregivers. But for those who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, even a standard checkup can feel acutely stressful. That’s because certain physical or environmental […]

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Just Kids

Buckle Up: Child Safety Seats Provide More Protection

A new law went into effect this year to keep kids safe while riding in personal vehicles. These rules were put in place by the Nebraska Legislature based on medical and scientific findings about child passenger safety, according to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Injury Prevention Coordinator Travis Hedlund. Here are the rules: All children […]

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For Every Child

Child Health Priorities in the 2019 Legislative Session

February 2019 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has served the state of Nebraska for more than 70 years, providing the very best, safest care for the smallest and sickest among us. Our commitment to children goes beyond the walls of our hospital and clinics and into their everyday lives — to meet the needs and […]

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Hospital News

Children’s Recognized Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospital

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in its 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in five pediatric specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. […]

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Just Kids

Ditch The Junk: Choose Healthy Snacks Over Salty, Sugary Treats

Junk food and sugary treats are everywhere. While it’s convenient to grab burgers and fries to go, these items, as well as candy, cookies and pop are full of empty calories. “They’re ‘fast sugars’ in that they are quickly absorbed without any nutritional elements for the brain and metabolism,” says Cristina Fernandez, M.D., pediatrician with […]

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Educating the Next Generation of Caregivers

The future of education at Children’s goes beyond the individual and beyond borders. As the hospital aspires to be a global leader for children’s health, its educational efforts and affiliations are branching out across the world.

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For Every Child

Effort to Delay Cuts: Disproportionate Share Hospital

September 2019 Upon their return from an August recess, Congress will be required to take swift action to delay Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts by Oct.1. Without action, $4 billion in automatic cuts to hospitals will go into effect, followed by another $8 billion the following year. The cuts were written into the Affordable Care […]

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SPIRA

Ensuring System-Wide Quality & Safety Takes An “Army”

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. From the boardroom to the front lines, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is mindful and mobilized, commissioned to be proactive, innovative and evolutionary. The nature of the opponent — equally relentless — requires nothing less. “We work to create an environment in which potential problems are anticipated, […]

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Expanded Offerings

New Location For Pediatric Endocrinology Children’s Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic is now located at 8552 Cass St. in Omaha. The expanded space offers more exam rooms, family education classrooms and tablet technology for a smooth check-in experience. More providers are on hand to care for young patients and their families. Multiple specialty services available at Lincoln […]

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Expansion Improves Care and Convenience

Major improvements in patient care can look very different. Sometimes a win is as dramatic as delivering a cure. At other times, it can be as practical as delivering care closer to home for busy patient families.

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Growing to Serve Children Better

In response to the rising demand for pediatric intensive care in the region, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has expanded its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

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Hospital News

Join Children’s Share & Connect Community

Children’s new online community offers an easy way for families to provide feedback Feedback from families plays an incredibly important role in shaping the patient experience at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. That is why the hospital recently launched the Share & Connect online community. We are growing rapidly, and as we grow, it’s critical […]

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Karla Lester, M.D.: Called to Care for Children

“What I’m saying now—and I’m putting a stake in the ground—is Children’s is the leader in community child health.” – Karla Lester, M.D., Medical Director, Children’s Center for the Child & Community Long before she joined the team at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Karla Lester, M.D., was on her own mission to improve the […]

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Leading with Excellence

These elite national awards underscore the superior quality of care that Children's provides its patients and families each and every day. We congratulate our truly exceptional dedicated teams.

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Just Kids

Natural Alternatives: Five Home Remedies That Are Safe For Infants

Babies often catch a common cold. This can mean runny noses, congestion, coughing and sneezing. When a baby has a cold or other minor ailment that doesn’t require medical attention, parents can try one of the following safe, doctor-approved home treatments. PROCEED WITH CAUTION Some home remedies previously thought to be beneficial have been debunked […]

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Nebraska Healthy Kids Summit

Promoting healthy eating and active living in Nebraska communities. April 23 & 24, 2019 Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center 2021 Transformation Drive Lincoln Program Purpose To connect stakeholders to explore research, practice, and advocacy approaches in a call to action to promote healthy eating and active living in children and their families. 3 Ways to […]

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For Every Child

Nebraska Legislative Update: Health Care Uncertainties

September 2019 The 106th Nebraska Legislative session adjourned sine die (with no appointed date for resumption) on May 31, but activity over the summer has continued at a steady pace. In Washington, D.C., Children’s continues to prioritize funding for Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) to train future pediatricians and pediatric specialists, as well as […]

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For Every Child

Nebraska Legislative Update: Passing Biennium Budget

June 2019 The 106th legislative session wrapped up on Friday, May 31. There were many great accomplishments and victories this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the early adjournment does not come as easily to those who did not find the time — or votes — to pass their priority bills: tax reform and business […]

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New Child Ambassadors Reflect National Recognition

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to introduce five new child ambassadors featured in its current advertising campaign. These patients were selected to represent Children’s five pediatric specialties in the 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Orthopedics […]

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Prestigious Award Honors Cutting-Edge Innovation, Culture of Safety

The implementation of a leading-edge, automated hand hygiene monitoring system has earned Children’s Hospital & Medical Center the first-ever Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Team Award from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

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Puppy Love

Facility dogs provide comfort and affection to patients Children’s Hospital & Medical Center welcomed a new member to its staff last fall. She is a cream-colored Goldendoodle named Sansa. Sansa joins her facility dog counterpart Sven, a golden retriever, in helping to provide unique, specialized therapy to young patients at the hospital. Both canines assist […]

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Ready, Set, Learn! Area Students Increase Activity With GoNoodle

Area students love GoNoodle, an online suite of movement and mindfulness videos that activate young bodies and brains in the classroom. Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has sponsored the free use of GoNoodle in Omaha area schools since 2014. During this past school year, nearly 60,000 Omaha metro students were active at school thanks to […]

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Just Kids

Sleep Tight: Why Children Need Regular Z’s

It’s not unusual for a child to toss and turn at bedtime or wake up often in the night. “Sleep problems are very common for children,” says Casey J. Burg, M.D., pediatric sleep specialist and director of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Sleep Lab. “Difficulty falling asleep affects about 35 percent of kids. It is […]

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SPIRA

Something of A Visionary

Brad Brabec, M.D., remembers it vividly. That moment he realized he wanted to take care of people. We all have those pivotal moments in our lives—“plot points” if you will—that spin us toward the people we are today.

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Hospital News

Statement from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Board of Directors

Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D., has informed Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Board of Directors that he intends to retire and will leave his position as President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 16. Former Children’s Board of Directors Chair Rodrigo López will serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, and is working with Dr. […]

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Just Kids

The Power of 3D

Doctors at Children’s use 3D printed models to deliver precisely targeted treatment Doctors are accustomed to treating patients with the help of 2D scans such as MRIs, X-rays and CTs. But now, thanks to cutting-edge technology at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, doctors are treating patients using 3D printed models of body parts. “Physicians think […]

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Transformation In Progress

Now more than ever, the demand for high-quality pediatric services is on the rise. In response, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is expanding — in size, scope and services — to create capacity and continue to meet the needs of children and families. Perhaps the most visible sign of this growth is the ongoing construction […]

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When Spring Fever Strikes

The post-winter time is a period of renewal. But it is also a season of sneezing, painful throats and sore tummies. Here are some common spring illnesses and how to avoid them.

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