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Children's Mercy a key partner in National Cancer Institute designation

Children's Mercy signs agreements with Chinese hospital

Life-long patient bids bittersweet farewell to Children'sMercy

Children's Mercy joins nationwide effort to improve quality

Scores from Children's Mercy on Best Doctors list

Turn up the heat! Yes, you can exercise in cold weather

Tom Watson Emergency Room open sat Children's Mercy South

Anxiety, fear and phobia: Helping Your Child Cope

Relive the fun and excitement of Big Slick, all for a great cause: our kids!

Take a timeout: How to prevent injuries of overuse

It's not too late! How to catch up on missed immunizations

New Year's Resolution: Fit Kids begin with Fit Families

Children's Mercy aids study into heartburn medication for asthma

Navigating the grocery store: How to shop wisely

Family's hopes for second 'bubble boy' rest at Children's Mercy

An attitude of graditude: Giving thanks all year long

How to avoid accidents in the kitchen

Get a Jump Start with 'Rhyming to Reading' program

Helping teens manage their own health care

Medication disposal: How to deal with old or unusable medication

Flu season has arrived

How to dispose of outdated or unusable medication

Patient thanks Children's Mercy with 'story of sound' in his life

Pediatric Podcalls: Should God go with You to the Doctor?

The eyes have it! Preparing for the first vision exam

Telemedicine extending reach of Children's Mercy

Registration opens for Certificate Course in Pediatric Bioethics

Children's Mercy doctor takes post on key EPA committee

Does spanking do more harm than good? Study says yes

Slueth doctors solve mystery of author Margaret Mitchell

New services for children and families: Urgent Care College Boulvard opens

UPI: Children's Mercy computer program can help spot child abuse


Children's Mercy Physician Selected for Key Appointments with American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

APP: The Perfect Storm for Childhood Obesity - media, advertising, and inactivity

Golf Tournament raises $300,000 for Children's Mercy

'Medical Mondays' series begins with health and safety tips

Summer travel safety: Keep a focus on children

Children's Mercy helps mend children from Joplin tornado

Children's Mercy study in Archives finds "improved recognition of medical futility"

Back to school already? Time to reset children's clocks

Excessive heat is bad news for allergy sufferers, too

On the go? No excuse not to eat healthy

Back-to-school time means back-to-bed time, too

Children's Mercy doctor chosen for top post at FDA

Top 10 reasons for children's hospitalizations

US News picks top docs: 10 from Children's Mercy on list

Get ready to run: Kids Marathon and KC Marathon announced

Study shows car seats may contain toxins, Children's Mercy doctor says

Fear not: Here's help for back-to-school blues

Video series features tips for backpack safety and at-desk posture

'Period of Purple Crying' program targets child abuse

Children's Mercy works with nationwide consortium to create a fitter future

Joplin tornado survivor heads home

Fall allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

S.T.A.R Power Healthy Play Day on Sept. 10: It's Free! It's Fun! It's Healthy!

Video: Ending he itch of autumn allergies

Survey: Parents don't view obesity as serious as other medical conditions

Get ready to run: Kids Marathon and KC Marathon set for Oct. 15

Safe Travel for Child Care workshop offered Sept. 21

Beware of door-to-door sales claiming to benefit Children's Mercy

Heat-related illness among topics at Coaches Conference

Video: Ending the itch of autumn allergies

Fall sports season is here: AAP says common sense can make play safe

Children's Mercy Center for Sports Medicine can help

Navigating romantic landscape can be especially tough for teens

Conference offered for medical professionals: What's new in Pediatric Emergency Medicine?

Is bedtime a nightmare? Helping your child tame the demons of the night

Podcast series on children's issues: Is is wrong to skip vaccinations?

Ready, Set, Breakfast! Making the most of the most important meal of the day

Children's Mercy joins nationwide quality network for healthy weight

What parents can do if their child is a bully

'Rhyming to Reading' uses sight, hearing and touch to increase learning

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Time for flu shots is here. 'Regular' season expected

Nurses' Kaleidoscope blog features help with bullies at work

Video series asks: What can parents can do if their child is a bully?

Get ready to run! KC Marathon/Kids Marathon almost here

Ease the fear: Talking to your children about vaccinations

Infection-prevention collaborative saves lives, reduces costs

Study: Pediatric burns heal with fewer treatments

View Children's Mercy research abstract

Experts offer tips on how to reduce SIDS

Emergency Room, named for Tom Watson, will open at Children's Mercy South

Children's Mercy joins nationwide healthy weight network

Parents get tough questions answered in new podcast series with pediatric health experts

Children's Mercy applauds efforts toward 'antimicrobial stewardship'

Program helps pros distinguish accidents from abuse

Keep your ghouls safe: Halloween SafeyTips

Hooked on electronics? How to get the whole family to unplug

Doctors reluctant to treat unvacinnated children

Children's Mercy and KU Med Establish New Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition

Most overweight children receive no follow-up instructions from pediatricians

Children's Mercy Establishes New Integrated Pediatric Network to Coordinate Care for Pediatric Medicaid Patients

Stick it to me! Benefits of flu vaccine

Holiday Windows on Main showcases art and benefits children

'Young Angel' benefits Children's Mercy

Holidays Window display showcases artists, benefits kids

How sick is too sick for school? How to prevent common infections

Weight loss surgery for teens: Podcast focuses on Risks vs. Benefits

Children's Mercy joins in partnership to use 'cloud power' for pediatric cancer research

AAP study: New breed of knee injury in children

Children's Mercy doctor offers advice to prevent ACL injuries

Home for the holidays: Share the love, not the food!

Baby, it's cold outside! How to bundle up to keep warm

CMH&C study at AHA: Low vitamin D may harm arteries in children

Have an allergy-free holiday!

Baby it's cold outside: how to bundle up for winter

Podcast asks: Who does spanking hurt more?

Hidden holiday hazards: Keep accidents under wraps

The Toy Zone: Choosing safe holiday gifts

Vote for Children's Mercy @ Holiday Windows on Main!

Pediatric Podcalls: Why are kids obese?

Childhood obesity: 'It's not a cosmetic issue'

It all adds up: How to build a healthy plate of food

To Grandma's House We Go: Tips for Safe Travels

'Grand Rounds' education now available on-line


The Missouri Public Interest Research Group releases the 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report at Children's Mercy.

Children's Mercy Patient Survives Deadly Medicine-Resistant Fungal InfectionKathleen Neville, MD, MS, and her patient share their story with ABC News.

Laser Pointer Injuries More Than Meets The Eye? Erin Stahl, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon, discusses how laser pointers can damage a child's sight.

National Broadcast Media Highlights

Keith August, MD, pediatric oncologist, discusses with  ABC News why better drugs are needed for childhood cancers.

About one-third of the patients at Children's Mercy are Spanish-Speaking. John Cowden, MD explains how the Spanish Continuity Care Clinic is meeting the needs of those families.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Sarah Hampl, MD, explains that  fighting childhood obesity a family affair.

Rochelle Harris, PhD, clinical psychologist, with Children's Mercy explains how to  beat the back-to-school blues.

Hospitals see dramatic rise of kids with MRSA
According to a study published in Pediatrics, the number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years. The study involved 25 children's hospitals; the 10-fold increase in hospitalizations likely occurred nationwide, said Dr. Jason Newland, the lead author and an infectious disease physician at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
Disease incidence increased from 2 cases to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital. The study involved methicillin-resistant staph infections, called MRSA. These used to occur mostly in hospitals and nursing homes but they are increasingly showing up in other settings in children and adults. Recent evidence suggests hospital-acquired MRSA cases may be declining while community-acquired cases are becoming more common.

Children's Mercy Featured on MTV's True Life
Children's Mercy patient Morgan Ghosey and Brad Warady, MD, Section Chief, Nephrology and Director of Dialysis and Transplantation, were featured on an episode of  MTV's True Life as Morgan is followed through the intimate experience of receiving a second kidney transplant.


Read a New York Times blog about Children's Mercy's First Pediatric Plastic Surgery on Twitter
You can read all of the surgery tweets from our staff by going to, and searching for #cmhor. Children's Mercy Ranked Among the Best Pediatric Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
Children's Mercy ranks among the nation's top pediatric hospitals for the second time, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "America's Best Children's Hospitals."
The report includes the top 30 pediatric hospitals in 10 specialties. Children's Mercy ranked in 5 specialties: (No. 21) Urology; (No. 23) Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders; (No. 26) Digestive Disorders; (No. 27) Orthopedics; and (No. 29) Respiratory Disorders.

Dr. Kearns invited to present the William B. Abrams Lecture in 2010
Chair of the Department of Medical Research at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Gregory Kearns, PharmD, PhD has been invited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to present the prestigious William B. Abrams Lecture in 2010. This lecture will be presented as a joint educational initiative of the FDA and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Children's Mercy honored as one of the Best Companies to Work For in Kansas City by Ingram's magazine
Congratulations to the entire Children's Mercy family for making us one of the Best Companies to Work For in Kansas City...and everywhere! Look for the article about Children's Mercy on page 38 of the March 2009 issue of Ingram's magazine.

233 Lives saved or enhanced in 2008 by generous Children's Mercy families
In support of Donate Life month, Children's Mercy is sharing statistics for 2008 organ and tissue donations at our hospital.

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics patient to represent Kansas as part of a group of young medical champions.
Weston Funk will visit Capital Hill and Orlando to share his amazing medical experience as part of the Children's Miracle Network program, Champions Across America.

Children's Mercy to Participate in Task Force on Best Practices for Pediatric Weight Management Programs
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is one of 16 hospitals chosen by The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) to participate in a task force to identify best practices of hospital-based clinical pediatric weight management programs.

Be a Part of the Million Reasons Mosaic
We all have a Children's Mercy story to tell. The Million Reasons Mosaic provides a simple way for you - using your own words and photos - to share your Children's Mercy experience with others. Explore the mosaic, read the stories, view our ads and share your own story and become a part of the mosaic.

Children's Mercy doctor leads group to revise nutritional guidelines for children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Bradley Warady, MD , led an international team that updated and expanded nutritional guidelines that will help improve the care of pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease around the world.

Children's Mercy Celebrates Nurses Week
During Nurses Week May 3-9, Children's Mercy pays tribute to the more than 1900 nurses who provide such excellent care to all of our patients ever day. We also take time this week to honor a few of those outstanding nurses with our annual awards and scholarships.


Don't Supersize ME!
Since they have been old enough to watch TV or eat fast food 9-12 year olds in KC have been exposed to images of giant burgers, bagels, expanding candy bars, monster sized tubs of popcorn and sodas large enough to splash in.

Pediatric Environmental Health Unit Now Based at Children's Mercy
The Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (MAPEHSU), a program dedicated to providing expert clinical, consultative, education and referral services to improve children's environmental health, is now based at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. This is one of only 11 such units located in the U.S., and this unit serves a four-state area which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Dr. Stephen Spielberg to head CMH Center for Personalized Medicine
Stephen P. Spielberg, MD, PhD, formerly Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs at Dartmouth Medical School and one of the nation's best-known specialists in pediatric pharmacology, has joined the staff at Children's Mercy as Director of the new Center for Personalized Medicine and Therapeutic Innovation.

Children's Mercy named 2nd best place to work in Kansas City
The Kansas City Business Journal has named Children's Mercy #2 in its "Best Places to Work in Kansas City" among large employers.

Product Recall Alert - 'Simplicity Convertible Bassinets' Due to serious hazards, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an immediate recall of roughly 900,000 Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible "Close-Sleeper" model bedside bassinets.

AAP protecting public trust in immunizations
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends investing in immunization-safety science and effective communication within the vaccine community to encourage public support of immunizations. Michelle Haley, MD , pediatrician with Children's Mercy, explains the  benefits of vaccinations.

Hall Family plans $11 million donation toward expansion
The funds are to support Phase 1 of a 15-year, $800 million expansion plan unveiled in December.

Children's Mercy specialties nationally ranked by US News magazine
In its first ranking of children's hospital specialties, US News and World Report has placed Children's Mercy among the top programs in the country. Children's Mercy is recognized for treating pediatric digestive disorders and for neonatal care.

The 2008 Outstanding School Nursing Award
Children's Mercy is proud to honor school nurses for their outstanding accomplishments serving children, families, schools and the community.

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