Archive for June, 2013

EVERY CHILD IS FAMILY

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Join us this year as we celebrate the 2013 McLeod Miracle Children, Children’s Hospital physicians and staff with the theme EVERY CHILD IS FAMILY.

Children provide hope, light and laughter to their families. When a child becomes sick or injured, the family turns to caring physicians and medical professionals, seeking their assistance to help make their child healthy and happy again.

We are privileged as a community and as a medical center that McLeod Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care and technology available in the region to more than 22,000 children each year.

McLeod Regional Medical Center is dedicated to serving the needs of children throughout Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina, including those in the Children’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Day Hospital. Pediatric services are also offered in Dillon and Loris Seacoast. Pediatric Rehabilitation services are also offered in Florence and the North Myrtle Beach area.

Each May, the McLeod Children’s Hospital celebrates the work of the physicians and staff … and the victorious recovery of the children who have overcome medical challenges. We are inspired by their stories.

In years past, a telethon was produced annually to extend appreciation to sponsors who helped make these extraordinary outcomes possible through the generosity and support from businesses and industries. This year, the McLeod Children’s Hospital and McLeod Foundation worked with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) on a nationally produced campaign featuring sponsors who raise funds for McLeod Children’s Hospital. The national promotions included radio and television commercials, as well as billboards.

These corporate and local sponsors, including Wal-Mart Sam’s Club, Rite Aid, and Food Lion, are currently in full force with fund raising efforts in stores in what is known as ‘May is for Miracles’. During ‘May is for Miracles’, businesses across the nation sell Miracle Balloons to raise funds for the sick and injured children treated at CMN hospitals, including McLeod Children’s Hospital. As the local CMN hospital, McLeod Children’s Hospital receives 100 percent of every dollar raised in the region to help children in need.

As well, McLeod Children’s Hospital leadership and staff were excited about sharing the personal experiences with patients and their families and produced these testimonials as well. The theme “Every Child is Family” is based on their interactions with the families and children, embraced and treated as an extension of their own family.

McLeod Children’s Hospital treats children with all kinds of different health needs, and both care givers and the recipients of those services truly believe every child is considered family. Join us this year as we celebrate the 2013 McLeod Miracle Children, Children’s Hospital physicians and staff with the theme EVERY CHILD IS FAMILY.

From left to right: Dr. Carl Chelen, Pediatric Intensivist; Dr. Pamela Clark, Pediatric Endocrinologist; Ella Craig Dixon; Dr. Judith Ugale-Wilson, Pediatric Intensivist; Dr. Charlest Trant, Pediatric Cardiologist; Dr. Keither Player, Surgeon; and Dr. Albert Gilpin, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon.

The 2013 McLeod Miracle Children are Nicholas Mohr, Josh Cook, Hallie and Sullivan Reynolds, and Jonathan and Chandler Adams.

Nicholas Mohr
Nicholas Mohr is the five-year-old son of Amy and Dr. Richard Mohr of McLeod Family Medicine Health and Fitness, who credit the McLeod Emergency Department and McLeod Children’s Hospital for saving Nicholas’ life after he suffered a long seizure and subsequently ventricular fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythm.

Josh Cook
Josh Cook of Florence was 16 years old when he was diagnosed by his primary care physician, Dr. Michael Brown of Dillon Family Medicine, with a large brain tumor at the base of his brain. Drs. Andrew Rhea & William Naso, Florence Neurosurgery and Spine, performed the four hour surgery to remove Josh’s tumor. Following the surgery, Josh recovered in the McLeod Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Unable to attend his Prom due to his hospitalization, the PICU staff hosted one for him at McLeod. He is now in college and plans on becoming a physician one day.

Hallie and Sullivan Reynolds
Leah and Landon Reynolds welcomed their twin daughters Hallie and Sullivan into the world on April 9, 2012, when Leah went into labor at just 23 weeks and six days.

From severe lung complications to brain hemorrhages, or brain bleeds, to a congenital heart defect, Hallie and Sullivan fought for their lives in the McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

After four months in the McLeod NICU, Landon and Leah took Hallie and Sullivan home. Recently, Hallie and Sullivan celebrated their first birthday, a milestone that perhaps seemed impossible a year ago.

Jonathan and Chandler Adams
Having been a part of the McLeod Loris Seacoast family for many years, Randy and Valeria Adams chose McLeod Seacoast Pediatric Rehabilitation to care for their sons, Jonathan (10) and Chandler (8), who are both on the autism spectrum.

“To see our sons advance from signing, to using pictures, to being able to speak to us, has been a truly joyous experience,” said Valeria. “Both boys look forward to their sessions, and every member of the rehabilitation team goes out of their way to challenge and help them because they genuinely care.”

To learn more about the McLeod Miracle Children and the McLeod Children’s Hospital, visit www.McLeodChildrensHospital.org.

We thank those who serve our children and those families who entrust us with their care.

Thanks,
Rob