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March 23, 2016
Dr. Reza Sadeghian (left), a pediatric resident physician at USA, and Dr. Daniel Preud'Homme, professor of pediatrics at the USA College of Medicine, work on setting up telehealth equipment in the USA Pediatric Healthy Life Center. Dr. Sadeghian has partnered with Intalere supplier JEMS Technology to develop a quality improvement study using telemedicine to extend the reach of the clinic. Dr. Reza Sadeghian, a pediatric resident physician at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, has developed a quality improvement study using telemedicine to extend the reach of the USA Pediatric Healthy Life Center, a comprehensive center for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in children and young adults. Dr. Sadeghian has partnered with Intalere supplier JEMS Technology, which provides real time telehealth solutions. JEMS is donating the equipment for the project. Using JEMS' solutions, doctors and specialists will... See more...

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February 16, 2016
Drs. Sittichoke Prachuapthunyachart, left, and Lamya Mubayed were two of three USA pediatric residents recognized with trainee travel awards for their abstract submissions for the 2016 Southern Regional Meeting. Three University of South Alabama pediatric residents - Drs. Maha Al-Ghafry, Sittichoke Prachuapthunyachart and Lamya Mubayed - were recognized with trainee travel awards for demonstrating excellence in their abstract submissions for the 2016 Southern Regional Meeting (SRM). In addition, half of the pediatric residents at USA were accepted to present their abstracts at the 2016 SRM. Many faculty members from the department will also be presenting their research at the conference. “We have had residents participate in the past, but we have never had this many,” said Dr. Rosina Connelly, associate professor of pediatrics at USA. “Having three residents in one class receive an award is very rewarding.” Dr. Connelly commends the residents for participating in research during their residency training. “Participating in research shows dedication, which is extremely important for fellowship training,” she added. See more...


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July 22, 2015
Dr. Rashmi Gulati recently was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a neonatologist at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Gulati was a neonatology fellow at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.  Dr. Gulati earned her medical degree from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India. She completed her internship at Gandhi Memorial and Associated Hospitals and her residency at King George’s Medical College, both located in Lucknow, India. Dr. Gulati continued her residency at The State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Gulati is a member of the American Pediatric Society for Pediatric Research, Tennessee Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Indian Academy of Pediatrics and Uttar Pradesh Medical Council.


Donation makes Mobile clinic the most advanced in Alabama for child abuse investigations 

April 23, 2015
The Press Register reports that the University of South Alabama Midtown Pediatrics Clinic became the most state-of-the-art clinic in Alabama to screen for child abuse and neglect. With an $11,000 grant from the St. Francis Fund at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile purchased new equipment for USA's Screening for Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Clinic. See more here. Fox 10 News also covered the story here.


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USA Physician Recognized for Customer Service

April 14, 2015
Dr. Rosina Connelly, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a pediatrician with USA Physicians Group, was presented an Employee Recognition Award for outstanding customer service skills.


"I received a call today from a patient's mother who wanted to let me know what a wonderful physician Dr. Connelly is. She indicated that Dr. Connelly goes above and beyond her role as a physician. 'She is amazing and deserves all of the accolades she can receive.' She indicated her entire family loves Dr. Connelly, and that her 5-year-old son is still here today because of the care he has received from her."


     -Excerpt taken from a patient nomination form


USA Pediatric Healthy Life Center Providing Educational Programs to Primary Care Practices

March 25, 2015
The University of South Alabama Pediatric Healthy Life Center is providing educational programs to primary care practices throughout the region. The traveling group consists of a physician, nurse, clinical diabetes educator, and an assistant. Currently, 13 practices have registered for the program. Dr. Daniel Preud’Homme, director of the Pediatric Healthy Life Center and professor of pediatrics at USA, said the group will provide one hour of approved CME activity, titled “Partners for Healthy Weight in Children,” at each visit. The activity, which includes a free lunch, is provided in a team-based learning format and is intended for all health professionals. See more...


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USA Welcomes Dr. Melody Petty

November 20, 2014
Dr. Melody L. Petty recently was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and serves as a pediatric hospitalist at USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Dr. Petty earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at USA, where she was recognized as the Residency Core Curriculum Scholar. Dr. Petty is a member of the USA Program Evaluation and USA Pediatric Residency committees. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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Grant Awarded For Forensic Medical Equipment To Diagnose Child Sexual Abuse

November 17, 2014
Representatives of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), the University of South Alabama Department of Pediatrics, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church held a news conference Nov. 17th to announce a grant of $11,717 to purchase a new state-of-the art electronic colposcope and a new examination table for the USA Department of Pediatrics Screening for Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, a joint project of the USA Department of Pediatrics and the CAC. 
The new colposcope and new examination table will be used by USA pediatrician Dr. Jessica Kirk, the CAC’s Medical Director, to conduct forensic medical examinations in allegations involving child sexual abuse. The funds are being donated by the St. Francis Fund of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.


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Dr. Ponnambalam to Speak at Crohn's, Colitis Foundation of American Patient Education Program

November 10, 2014
Dr. Anathasekar M. Ponnambalam, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a pediatric gastroenterologist with USA Physicians Group, was the featured presenter at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Patient Education Program. 
The program, titled “Treatment Approaches in IBD: Finding Your Best Path,” was held at the Gulf Cost Science Exploreum Center on Nov. 1, 2014, at 10 AM. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America hosted the program for patients, families, and caregivers living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 


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Department of Pediatrics Hosts Residents Day

October 28, 2014
The University of South Alabama Department of Pediatrics hosted its 12th annual Residents Day on October 17, 2014.  At the event, 12 senior residents in the pediatrics residency program presented their scholarly work to fellow residents, faculty and students. Dr. Rosina Connelly, associate director of the pediatrics and residency program and associate professor of pediatrics at USA, said the program requires scholarly activity in one of three options: research, quality improvement or community advocacy projects. Residents choose a topic and faculty adviser. With guidance from their faculty adviser, residents complete their scholarly work during their training. See more...


USA Children's & Women's Hospital Marks Anniversary of '1-Room Schoolhouse'

October 7, 2014
The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is marking two anniversaries this fall: The 30th year of its Tree House play area and the 25th year of its Class Act program, which helps students keep up with their schoolwork while they're hospitalized. The Tree House, an activity center for patients of all ages who do not have any isolation requirements, was updated and enhanced in the hospital's $72.6 million expansion. It's a cosy area, where the children can relax and play games, watch videos or read. The Tree House and the Class Act program are both part of the hospital's Mapp Child and Family Life Program, meant to make all aspects of a hospital stay easier on the young patients and their families. See more...


USA Welcomes Dr. Ram Bhat

September 16, 2014
Dr. Ramachandra Bhat was recently appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a neonatologist at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. 
Dr. Bhat earned his medical degree from the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. He completed a pediatrics residency at Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospitals at the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India, as well as an additional pediatrics residency at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.


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New Courtyard, Lobby & Gift Shop Dedication

August 28, 2014
The University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hopstial held a reception to dedicate the new courtyard, lobby & gift shop with a large gathering of friends and employees of USA Health System. The ceremony included remarks from hospital administrator Owen Bailey, USA president Tony Waldrop and two mothers whose families have been touched by our hospital. See photographs from the dedication on the hospital's FaceBook page here.


New Lobby, Courtyard Underway at USA Children's and Women's Hospital

July 9, 2014
The University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital is in the process of completing a new lobby and courtyard. The art-filled courtyard will offer a relaxing place for patients and families to meet in fresh air, and the lobby will house a new gift shop and information desk. See more...


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Dr. Estrada Featured on AL.com

June 30, 2014
Dr. Benjamin Estrada, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was interviewed by al.com about the resurgence of measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the measles virus. See more...


Dr. Maurtua-Neumann Featured on Local News

June 17, 2014
Dr. Paola Maurtua-Neumann, assistant professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was interviewed by several news outlets about the recent outbreak of whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.


USA Children's & Women's Hospital Holds NICU Reunion

June 11, 2014
Sunday marked the 25th year that graduates of the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have been reunited to celebrate the gift of life. All USA NICU graduates were once babies undergoing treatment at the hospital for being born prematurely, ill or underweight. The graduates, their families and friends were greeted by doctors, nurses and administrators from the hospital and enjoyed food and live entertainment.  See more...

 

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