Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Awards
Idahos 2018 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention ChampionLisa Barker, MD
Dr. Lisa Barker works at St. Lukes Childrens Hospital and has served this organization as secretary/treasurer for three consecutive years. Currently, she is in her second year as Vice President of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Barker has been an effective vaccine champion and expert for this chapter of over 124 pediatricians around Idaho. During this time, she has continued her relentless pursuit of educating the community by speaking with legislators of the state about stressing the importance of all vaccines for kids, including the HPV vaccine series.
Dr. Barker keeps an active presence to build support for HPV vaccination rates for the states adolescent population. Dr. Barker served as a leading expert on the planning committee and a physician champion for an Adolescent Immunizations Learning Collaborative in 2016. This project aimed to increase vaccination coverage of Tdap, Meningococcal, and HPV 3-dose series for adolescents 11-17 years old in Idaho. The project achieved these goals by focusing on assessing and documenting patients immunization status, reducing the number of missed vaccination opportunities, and increasing the scheduling rates of follow up appointments related to the HPV vaccine.
Dr. Barker is a vaccine champion within her community and peers often seek out her opinion on best practices and approaches to explaining the benefits of HPV vaccines in a positive and informative manner. She has recently developed a presentation about how to speak with parents about HPV vaccine questions, and will be providing that workshop as a webinar training to over 115 health care providers. Through her efforts, Dr. Barker has achieved an HPV vaccine series completion rate of 69% for her adolescent patients, and is Idahos 2018 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion!
- On June 14, St. Lukes Presidents Award Dinner and Ceremony was hosted by organization President and CEO Dr. David Pate. The annual event recognizes those who make an exceptional contribution to St. Lukes mission, vision and values, chosen from among the nearly 14,000 members of the St. Lukes team. Among the Honorees, Travis Criddle, D.O. was honored. For eight years, Dr. Criddle was the only pediatrician in Elmore County. He has supported teens in challenging situations and students in plays and sports, cooked for the track team before meet events and sponsored students who have needed help paying for extracurricular activities.
- Dr. Alicia Lachiondo is Idahos 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion. The impact of Dr. Lachiondos work is evident in her clinics impressive immunization rates and in her ability to create community partnerships. She recently shared her creative approaches to addressing vaccine concerns as a guest speaker at the annual Idaho Immunization Coalition Summit. Local television stations have also invited her to talk about influenza vaccines for children.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics proudly presents a Special Achievement Award to Aaron Gardner, MD, MS, FAAP, Idaho Chapter for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy for forming the Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Coalition to protect children in the event of a disaster.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics proudly presents a Special Achievement Award to Eda-Cristina Leio Abuchaibe, MD FAAP, Idaho Chapter for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy for working with the Idaho Medical Association and other stakeholders to secure mandatory CCHD screening implementation.
- Pediatrician of the Year – Tom Rand, MD
Dr. Rand received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; earning his Pediatric specialty at University of Washington and Infectious Disease specialty at Harvard Medical School.
During his 24 years in Boise, Dr. Rand served the children of Idaho as a pediatric infectious disease specialist. He provided care to children in St. Lukes Infections and Immune Deficiency Clinic; acted as a consultant for communicable diseases control and medical director of immunization clinics for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and served as medical director for St. Lukes Travel Clinic. For many years, he kept the current RSV data available online for the pediatricians in the state to refer to, so in turn, they could better care for their patients.
Dr. Ingrid Lundgren from St. Lukes Childrens Hospital, Childrens Infections and Immune Deficiency Clinic, shared the following about Dr. Rand:
In the 5 years that I had the honor of being Tom Rands partner in pediatric infectious disease, I came to appreciate firsthand the enormity of his contributions to specialty care in this state. He had the foresight to introduce infectious disease and immunodeficiency care into his general pediatric practice, and as time went on, to recognize the growing need for expanding this practice. St. Lukes Childrens Hospital became what it is now, because of the vision of people like Dr. Rand, who were bold enough to forge specialty niches in this community before a cohesive childrens facility existed in its present form. When I joined him in 2011, I was coming straight from fellowship into my first real job. In many ways, Tom was an ideal partner, but also a mentor and friend.
He has touched the lives of so many children in Idaho, and was truly committed to providing a personal level of care to the families that he knew over the years. His dedication to the families in our practice is unparalleled, and we are reminded every week of how much he is missed, now that he has moved on to other adventures.
Dr. Rand played a large role in providing education in many settings; from major conferences to informal in the hall consultations.
When he isnt working with patients and their families, Dr. Rand and his wife volunteer in wilderness search and rescue. Both are certified in tracking (following human sign). They have four grown children, and the youngest is a student at WWU.
- Organization of the Year – The Ronald McDonald House
Luke Sturdy, President
Mindy Plumlee, Executive Director
This award is given on behalf of the Pediatricians in Idaho to an organization with a mission and services that benefit families and children in our state.
The Idaho Ronald McDonald House opened on February 1, 1988 with 4 bedrooms and was the smallest Ronald McDonald House in the world. Over 29 years and two expansions later, the 14,000 square foot facility can accommodate 17 families each night, providing a home away from home.
Families of seriously ill or injured children, 18 of years of age or younger, who are receiving treatment at a Boise area hospital or clinic can stay at the Ronald McDonald House. They can stay for as long as the child is receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment and the average length of stay is 8 days. Meals and snacks are provided and prepared by local volunteers on a regular basis.
The Ronald McDonald Houses staff, board, and team of volunteers offer an amazing service to families who are seeking care and treatment at St. Lukes Children's Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House provides so much more than a bed and a meal, but a warm and caring environment that helps families to heal.
- 2016 Child Advocate: Jerry Hirshfeld Special Achievement Award – George Groberg, MD
Dr. Groberg is out of the country doing humanitarian work. On his behalf, Arron Gardner, Member of the Chapters Executive committee, will accept this award. Dr. Gardner will present the award to Dr. Groberg in Idaho Falls in front of an audience of his peers.
When Dr. Gardner reached out to his partners and started to describe the award they said Oh, thats George ... for sure!
Dr. Groberg is a native of Idaho Falls. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology at Brigham Young University. He completed medical school at the University of Colorado and his residency in Pediatrics at Willford Hall USAF Medical Center. He served with the USAF as a Pediatrician and preceptor for Family Practice residents at Offutt AFB in Omaha.
He started working in 1986 and was one, if not the first, pediatricians in Idaho Falls. He retired in 2010 to do missionary work in Indonesia for 3 years, and returned part-time in 2013.
He has lead several teams of health care workers in teaching newborn resuscitation in China, Indonesia and Africa. He and his wife Bonnie are very busy with family, community and church responsibilities. He enjoys hiking, jogging, studying history, philosophy, current events, languages and cultures.
Dr. Groberg your work over so many years in Idaho Falls has benefitted families and providers alike. Your peers have relied on your expertise in cases with patients and then you have played such a large role in providing education in many settings from Idaho Falls to around the world.
- Pediatrician of the Year – Dr. Jack Trotter
Dr. Jack Trotter was named the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatrician of the Year for 2015. Dr. Trotter is a Pediatrician at St. Lukes Magic Valley in Twin Falls and has provided excellent care to the children and families in our region since 1980.
The Pediatrician of the Year award is given to an outstanding pediatrician who has contributed to the improvement of child health care in our state or nationally. It can be given for either a special project or for years of service on behalf of children, according to the AAP.
I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Dr. Trotter, said Debbie Kytle, St. Lukes Health System East Region Administrator for Physician Services. He is truly a leader in pediatrics for our region and state. He always puts patients and families first, and is extremely committed to excellence and evidence-based medicine. His work over the years exemplifies amazing care and compassion for our community and patients. We feel blessed to have him as a provider at St. Lukes.
Dr. Trotters passion for medicine and pediatrics began years ago.
I care about children. At the time I was going into health care, the field of neonatology was progressing, and I thought that was really cool, Dr. Trotter said. I am passionate. I really care about my patients and their families. I believe in preventive health and community-based medicine.
He joined the pediatric center in Twin Falls in 1980. At that time, there were only a handful of pediatricians in town for an area the size of the state of Delaware, Dr. Trotter said.
Under the influence of my partner, Dr. Paul Miles, we developed the neonatology intensive care nursery (NICU) in Twin Falls. We were on call almost every other night and every other weekend. Today, we have a much larger unit and a much larger group. We strive to practice evidence-based medicine where evidence exists and to recognize where the art of medicine interfaces with evidence-based medicine.
Throughout his work at St. Lukes Magic Valley, he has enjoyed focusing on behavioral health issues, asthma and concussion awareness. On a daily basis, Dr. Trotter enjoys discussing with children their interest in the health care industry.
Jack Trotter is a pediatric legend in Twin Falls. This is the man whose total days of overnight call caring for children exceed the worried wakeful vigils of an entire PTA organization filled with mothers of quintuplets. This is the same man who attended to ventilated NICU babies in the morning, pushed adenosine over the lunch hour on decompensating SVT, and would unravel complicated psychosocial knots (while smiling) in afternoon clinics. He likes to diagnose complex congenital heart disease in Saturday afternoon clinics on children whose parents are worried about a cold.
He hails from the company of giants like Paul Miles, whose vision and legacy continue to guide the ABP; Ben Katz, one of Idahos Pediatric Grandfathers; and Bart Adrian, whose work with children at risk of abuse and neglect is recognized across the state. With colleagues like these, it is no wonder that Jack Trotter is being recognized today as the 2016 Idaho AAP Pediatrician of the Year.
You may not be acquainted with the man behind the legend. Jack is an avid bird watcher, and author of a book on bird-watching in our region. He put himself through school taking pictures at sporting events, developing his own film during late nights in a darkroom after the games. He still uses those photography skills, taking pictures at local youth sporting events and then tracking down unsuspecting parents later to give them a great action shot they could never have taken themselves. He is tough enough to wear pink in a coordinated dress uniform with NICU nurses. He is the quintessential soccer dad, who can locate and retrieve his own phone on I-84 even after it has been run over by countless Semis. Bleu Cheese is to Jack Trotter as Kryptonite is to Superman.
He keeps an incredibly old microscope under a glass bell on his desk. He says it belonged to his grandfather, and that it wasnt his own microscope from medical school. It reminds one of his unrelenting efforts in discovery, learning, and evidence based medicine. He mentors without giving advice unless asked. He is an excellent partner and friend. Great congratulations to the Magic Valley recipient of this years Idaho Chapter AAP Pediatrician of the Year!
- Jerry Hirschfeld Child Advocates of the Year – Kenny Bramwell, MD FAAP and Greg Janos, MD FAAP
The Executive Team had a very difficult choice to make this year between our two candidates for Child Advocate of the Year. But, one of the beauties of being the Executive Team and that we got to make the Executive decision not to offer one, but two Child Advocate awards for 2015, and these two recipients are most deserving.
The first is Dr. Kenny Bramwell. Dr. Bramwell is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician who has trained throughout the west, at BYU, UCSD, and SLC where he completed his fellowship at Primary Childrens. Since moving to Idaho and joining the Chapter he has been a leader for children in many areas, and not just the Emergency Room. He served as part of our Chapter Leadership and on multiple occasions provided valuable testimony at the Capitol and served in key positions advocating for children and their care. Regrettably for Idaho, Dr. Bramwell recently moved to Scottsdale Arizona where he replaced his stethoscope for a tie and is now serving as CMO for HonorHealth Deer Valley Hospital and he was therefore unable to join us here this morning. We know that the Arizona chapter of the AAP will be getting an excellent new member, and we wish Kenny the best success in his new leadership role. Please help me to thank Dr. Bramwell for the amazing advocacy he has provided for the kids in Idaho.
Greg Janos, MD FAAP
And our second extremely deserving recipient of the Idaho AAP Child Advocate of the Year award is Dr. Greg Janos. Many of you know Dr. Janos from the role he recently retired from as Executive Medical Director of SL Childrens Hospital, but Dr. Janos has had a long and full career of Child Advocacy both on the State and National level and across both California and Idaho. He has been involved in leadership within the Childrens Hospital Association and was responsible for the recent full designation of SLCH as an Associate Member of the CHA. During his five years at SL he helped recruit more than 35 pediatricians and peds subspecialists who provide services to children throughout our state. He oversaw the development of many new Pediatric programs to Idaho, including Hospitalists, Endocrinology and Diabetology, Urology, Rehab, Sleep medicine, Concussion, Anesthesia, and pediatric eating disorders. He has been a vocal advocate to our state leadership regarding critical public policy initiatives affecting children.
SL West Region CEO, Kathy Moore, had this to say regarding Dr. Janos at his recent retirement, I have had the singular pleasure of working with Dr. Greg Janos since I joined St. Lukes. I was struck immediately by his energy, his passion, his curiosity, and the joy he took in his activities.
I mean my good friend and colleague no disrespect when I say that those qualities about him that most struck me were the qualities I also admire and envy in children. They are timeless, true characteristics, attractive and pure. He has truly been an inspiration, and an inspiring leader at the same time.
For me personally, Dr. Janos is not only my former boss, but also a trusted mentor and friend. His brief time in retirement thus far has been spent enjoying time with his wife and children, bonding with his new granddaughter, and at least thinking about all of the upcoming fly fishing trips he is about to embark upon. I also suspect that even in retirement, Greg will be advocating and working on behalf of our state and our nations children, and I have every intent of roping him into at least one or two roles within the Idaho AAP. Congratulations Dr. Janos on this well-deserved award.
- Organization of the Year – Head Start Programs in Idaho
Dr. Snyder with Bill Foxcroft and Mary Gauthier from HeadStart
We are very pleased to recognize Idahos Head Start Programs as the Organization of the Year in 2015 for their hard work and dedication to improve the lives of Idahos Children. The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.
The Idaho Head Start Association supports these programs through Advocacy, Partnerships, Collaboration, Recognition, and Professional Development to achieve high quality outcomes for Idahos children, families and communities. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and familys ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. The Association is a statewide organization composed of representatives from Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and Native American Head Start. They provide a strong voice in Boise and in Washington, DC as our legislators make decisions that affect low-income children and families, a voice that is made even stronger by the involvement of parents and graduates of their programs. IN 2015, 13 HEAD START PROGRAMS IN IDAHO SERVED OVER 5,000 CHILDREN IN 40 OF IDAHOS 44 COUNTIES. The return on investment is clear, with every dollar invested in a Head Start child returning a savings of at least $17 per child.
Pediatricians around the state have voiced their support of the Head Start Program and the value it adds to families, not to mention the resources it provides for physicians. Our executive director Sherry Iverson was able to attend the statewide Head Start Conference on Feb 8th where the award announcement was presented to many of the very dedicated Head Start staff and parents. And here to accept the award this morning is Idaho Head Start Associations Executive Director Bill Foxcroft, and Board Chairperson and Head Start Director for the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership, Mary Gauthier. We are tremendously thankful to you both for your leadership of this outstanding organization that gives Idahos kids such a great start.
American Academy of Pediatrics Awards
- Special Achievement Award – John Ullery, MD
For his distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy for lending support and maintenance to an Idaho CHIPRA grant and towards state learning collaboratives.
- Special Achievement Award – Paul Douglas McPherson, MD, FAAP
For his distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy for his dedication to the development of an Infant Crying Plan, the distribution of the plan across the state and the delivery of education to relevant stakeholders.
- 2014 Award of Chapter Excellence – Idaho Chapter of the of the AAP (Presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics
For an outstanding annual program effectively furthering the objectives of the association
Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Awards
- Pediatrician of the Year – Kathy Stevens, MD FAAP
It is truly my pleasure to present the 2015 AAP Idaho Pediatrician of the year, Dr. Kathy Stevens. Dr. Stevens attended medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, and completed internship, residency, and a Chief resident year at NYU in New York City. She practiced in Arizona for several years and in 1994 relocated to Idaho where she worked at the Pediatric and Adolescent Center in Boise. She has spent the last several years at St. Lukes Childrens Hospital as a Pediatric Hospitalist, but her passion is, well, a disaster. Disaster Kathy is the Idaho Chapter AAP Chair of Pediatric Disaster Preparedness, and the leading force behind the development of the Pediatric Disaster Preparedness manual, which has been distributed throughout the state to assist healthcare professionals in understanding and managing the unique needs of children following a disaster.
To quote her partner, Dr. Susan Kim, Kathy Stevens has been my friend and colleague for the past 20 years. We started in practice together fresh out of training and now, after many years apart, we find ourselves working together again in the inpatient world of hospital pediatrics. I couldn't think of anyone I would rather work alongside. Kathy is one of the most dedicated clinicians I have ever encountered. Her attention to detail and desire to provide the absolute best care for her patients is unparalleled. She is always willing to lend an ear when I need advice (either related to patient care or not). I feel truly fortunate to call her my friend.
Dr. Stevens has even inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps caring for children, as her daughter Elora is a valued member of the St. Lukes NICU nursing team.
Dr. Stevens is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please join me in congratulating the Idaho AAP Pediatrician of the Year, Dr. Kathy Stevens!
- Jerry Hirschfeld Child Advocates of the Year – Larraine Clayton
The 2015 Idaho Chapter AAP Award for Child Advocate of the Year goes to Larraine Clayton. Larraine obtained her Masters in the Early Childhood Special Education Program at Idaho State University. Larraine was an adjunct at College of West Idaho 2010-2012, Director of Success by 6 for United Way for 5 years, and an Early Intervention Specialist with the Infant/Toddler program for 9 years.
She was the Executive Director of the Governors Early Years Coordinating Council 2005-2014. This is a council of 25 members, appointed by the Governor, who are charged to focus on statewide early childhood and programmatic issues facing children and their families from birth to age 8, with special attention to those children with special health care needs. This council could not have been under better leadership hands than under Larraines wisdom and guidance. In the past few years, and due to Larraines efforts, key accomplishments that have benefited Idahos youngest children and their families include:
- The development of an Early Childhood Comprehensive Frame work that guides how all agencies working with young children work together to impact their health, education, mental health and access to resources and care
- Creation of a team to develop a crying plan that is now being used statewide in all delivering hospitals to help reduce abusive head trauma
- Working with Dr. Noreen Womack to help educate over 700 people on the effects of toxic stress on children
- Facilitating oral health initial exams for babies to prevent dental carries
- Promoting early literacy and ensuring families have books in their homes to read
- Development of a brochure helping parents to reduce screen time for their littlest ones
- Worked closely with the Idaho AAP in moving our agenda forward on key issues from access to health care to early reading
- This list could go on and on.
All of Larraines efforts demonstrate her passion of ensuring the best start for our littlest citizens. Her love of reading and her great depth of knowledge of child literature are all evident in her work.
A fellow Board member on the Council stated, As I worked with Larraine I learned and always felt supported. As we worked on the Idaho Core Competencies, Larraine truly supported in ways most would not understand. She always answered every question and she provided a level of encouragement that gave perspective and assurance to get through to the end. She was the rock behind this endeavor and many others campaigns and projects for young children!!
And from one of our recent award recipients, Dr. Noreen Womack, As you go through life, you will meet, if you are lucky, people who are truly inspiring. Larraine was one of those people for me. She has the rare ability to remain calm and cheerful and optimistic in any situation. For many years she has quietly forwarded the cause for children in Idaho and her influence will continue to be felt for many years to come. Larraine retired just this last December and is now enjoying retired life with gardening, traveling, and grandchildren, whom you better believe she reads to every time she seems them. Help me congratulate Larraine on this very deserved award!
- Organization of the Year – March of Dimes, Idaho Chapter
I am pleased to offer the 2015 Idaho Chapter AAP award for Organization of the Year to the March of Dimes Idaho Chapter and Denise Brennan, Idaho State Director.
The March of Dimes has been leading the fight for the health of babies and children since it was created to lead the fight against polio. Thanks to the MOD efforts, many of us have never witnessed this major crippling disease first-hand.
As rates of polio dropped, the MOD turned its efforts to assist with resources that have improved clinicians ability to improve the survival and health of babies who are born prematurely. Their efforts include funding and promoting research, professional education, and public health awareness. These tools and medications are employed daily in our Neonatal Intensive Care Units here in Idaho and have saved countless lives. In Idaho, one in ten babies are born premature, almost 2500 infants each year. The rate of preterm birth in Idaho peaked at 11.6% in 2006, with some modest improvements since down to 10.3%. A large part of this improvement was in the late preterm population, those infants born between 34-37 weeks gestation. Through education of both parents and providers, the MOD has led the campaign that healthy babies are worth the wait, which encourages mothers to carry the pregnancy as close to 40 weeks as possible. MOD has pushed for quality metrics at hospitals to help avoid inductions at less than 39 weeks without a medical indication, and to avoid designer deliveries at all costs.
In the current era of neonatal medicine, prematurity and low birth weight are no longer the leading causes of infant mortality in the United States. Birth defects now rank as the number one cause of death in infants, with 130 of every 100,000 live births lost to life threatening malformations. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The MOD-led Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.
The goal for the MOD Idaho Chapter in 2014- 2015 is to reduce preterm birth rates by 8% to achieve a rate of 9.3% in Idaho. They have also stated a goal for all birthing hospitals to achieve a rate of elective deliveries <39 weeks that is below 7%. MOD has provided speakers to the Idaho Perinatal Project conference, the IHA, the IPP nurse summit, grand rounds and numerous lunch meetings at medical offices. They coordinate the annual March for Babies walks around the state each Spring which are a fantastic way to support their mission. We are so grateful for the partnership and efforts of Denise and her team. Congratulations!
- Pediatrician of the Year – Noreen Womack, MD FAAP
Noreen Womack is a Pediatrician at Treasure Valley Pediatrics. She went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and her residency was at Duke University.
"Dooley" and Noreen meet when she started residency and he was starting his pediatric cardiology fellowship. According to her husband, "After we became an item, I joked about how we could live in Idaho and she told me I was crazy. However as they went from North Carolina to Portland they stopped and spent some times in the Sawtooths,"And I started to set my trap" according to her husband. After not seeing the sun for a year in Portland they settled in Boise in 2000 where the family can see the sun in the winter and learned downhill skiing too. Trap sprung, game over" as Dooley writes.
Since moving to Boise, Noreen has spent endless hours and effort as the true State Champion for Early Childhood and Child Care in Idaho. While working at Boise Pediatrics, Noreen started a Reach Out and Read program which has been very successful. This program provides children with books to take home to add to their own library at each well child visit. Since Noreen has moved to Treasure Valley Pediatrics the importance of this program continues as her staff states they have countless boxes of books in their office and have almost reached the critical mass to launch the program at their clinic and at Terry Reilly Health Clinic.
As one colleague states, "Dr. Womack is a true champion and advocate for early child development. She has dedicated many hours outside of her busy pediatric practice educating other health care providers and educators about the importance of this topic. She is one of the most genuine, compassionate and dedicated pediatricians in our state. Noreen is a dear friend and colleague and it is a great privilege to job share with her."
Over the past 13 years, Noreen has served as the state child care contact. She was supportive of the Healthy Child Care America grant also known as Child Care Health Consultant start up in Idaho in 2001 and has continued to serve as an advisory to that program.
Noreen has spent countless hours of her own time applying for grants to address early brain development and toxic stress impacting children. Under the first grant, she spearheaded the development and production of a child care training video about the importance of the first 1,000 days of life. This video has been incorporated as an essential training for all child care providers in the IdahoSTARS professional development system. Noreen has been required to get up in front of groups to present, something that is definitely not to her liking but which she was willing to do for the cause, reaching over 130 people this past year and has pledged to do more. One of the most outstanding qualities about Noreen is that she listens. Her approach is to use the experts in the field and find ways to help. One colleague wrote, "Noreen has inspired me! Working with her has changed my outlook from basic and routine to fun and exciting."
- Jerry Hirschfeld Child Advocates of the Year – Representative John Rusche, MD
John was born in Wisconsin and attended Notre Dame for college and Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. There he met and married Kay and internship and residency at the University of Arizona followed.
Drs. John and Kay Rusche set up their practice at Valley Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho in 1980. In 1995 John moved to Blue Shield of Idaho (now Regence) as Medical Director and retired after 11 years. During his years in private practice and with Blue Shield he was a strong supporter of community programs and was personally involved with United Way, Northwest Children's Home and the CASA program. He was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Idaho Chapter of the AAP and in 1991 received the "Shaker and Mover" award from the Chapter for his child advocacy and governmental action. John took the award to heart and stepped out even more running for the Idaho State Legislature in 2004. After his first term of initiation into Idaho politics he ran unopposed in 2006 and 2008, and was appointed the Minority Leader, in 2008. John is currently serving his 5th term in the Legislature where his peers look to him for his guidance and value his opinion in areas that impact health and children. For many years John was the only physician serving at the Capitol.
The Idaho Chapter expresses our deepest thanks for John's years of service in a multidisciplinary and service focused journey with the "constant" that children and families are always at the core of his constituency, to which he has dedicated his personal and professional focus and commitment for many decades.
Additional accolades and kudos for John's tolerance, tenacity of spirit, laced with his good humor in an environment which would rapidly weaken many advocates. He continually champions causes that are not at the core of the super majority priorities and principles of governance. Jerry Hirschfeld is unable to join us this morning to present this award to Rep. Rusche but stated, "Well done, and I am proud to be your professional brother and THANK YOU from all your Peers".
Dr. Rusche is with his wife this morning as she is undergoing chemotherapy and expressed his thanks for this award. Please join me his thanking Rep. Rusche for his years of service to the children and families of Idaho.
- Program of the Year – Mindy Gaddis, MD FAAP The YEAH! Program focusing on childhood obesity
Health lifestyles and Dr. Gaddis just go together. As a collogue states, "I have known Mindy since we met in Medical school. She has always been passionate about helping children of all ages develop healthy lifestyles. This passion led her to work on developing a program for pediatric patients with elevated BMIs. She worked hard initially to develop the YEAH program. This program has grown and has provided an excellent service to our community. The patients I have referred to the YEAH program have benefitted greatly. Each has had improvement in blood pressure, BMI or inches lost."
The Nurse coordinator of YEAH for the past few years has watched Mindy develop her team of supporters for her passionate cause. Her dream was conceived on a run and because of her commitment to service, clinical experience, passion , perseverance, education and leadership her dream has come to fruitition to help children in Nampa, Caldwell, Boise, Wood River, Twin Falls and Wood River. Because many of the Yeah children don't have outside interests or exposed to recreation outside, Dr. Gaddis created a 5 day camp at Bogus Basin this past summer. She was involved from beginning to end as she congratulated the kids at the end of the celebratory summit at Mores Peak.
Mindy never gives up. She continues to develop more YEAH programs that reach a greater population. She fights daily for financial support of the YEAH program. Her nurse states, "When she gets this gleam in her eye, that indicates a new idea is about to emerge from her. I hold on tight because I know another wild adventure is on the horizon. We call her the creeper because brilliant and exciting ideas pops out of her head before we've had a change to wrap our arms around our last idea." Others have called her visionary, a champion, and an agent for change and an encourager for all.
Dr. Gaddis and her family love the outdoors. Her husband and 2 daughters are always on the move, living the healthy lifestyles and being a great role model for our community. Please join me in thanking Dr. Mindy Gaddis and her YEAH team as the outstanding program improving the life of children in our State. Mindy can not be with us today but her nurse and team partner, Sue Peterson will accept this award.
- 2012 Qualis Health Award for Exemplary Contributions to the Healthcare Quality in Idaho – Representative John M Rusche
- Pediatrician of the Year – Angie Beauchaine
- Jerry Hirschfeld Child Advocates of the Year – Kate Muldoon
- Organization of the Year – Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare: Medicaid Division
- Pediatrician of the Year – John Hanks, DO
- Jerry Hirschfeld Child Advocates of the Year – Donna and Roger Boe, MD
- Stakeholder of the Year – Senator Dean Cameron
- Organization of the Year – Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
- Special Achievement Award – Elsa Lee, MD
For her continued efforts as the chapter's breastfeeding champion
- Pediatrician of the Year – Tom Patterson
For his years of dedicated service to improving immunization rates in Idaho and for his work as co-chair of the Idaho Immunization Coalition and Vice President of the Idaho Chapter of the AAP
- Pediatrician of the Year – Perry Brown
For his dedicated service in training residents and for the establishment of the Cystic Fibrosis clinic in Idaho
- Child Advocate of the Year – Clarence Blea
For improving perinatal outcomes for children and families
- Child Advocate of the Year – John Rushe
For serving families and children and putting their interests first in the Idaho legislature
- Organization of the Year – Idaho Perinatal Project
For working for over 37 years to improve the outcomes of pregnancy
- Pediatrician of the Year – Susan Bradford, MD
For her dedication and service to the children of Idaho through her work on the community access to Children Health Programs
- Child Advocate of the Year – Representative Richard Wills and Jeannette Risch
For their work on the Booster Seat Legislation
- Organization of the Year – Pat Williams and the 211 Care Line Staff
For their dedication and service to the Children of Idaho through the 211 CARE Line
- Child Advocate of the Year – Greg Fredericksen
For his work on Child Passenger Safety
- Pediatrician of the Year – Lloyd Jensen
For his dedication and service to the children of Idaho
- Organization of the Year – Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS)
For their dedication and service to the children of Idaho through the Immunization registry
- Child Advocate of the Year – Representative Kathie Garrett
For her dedication and service to the children of Idaho through her work on the passage of the Asthma Inhaler piece of Legislation
- Pediatrician of the Year – John Hanks, DO
for this dedication and service to the children of Idaho through his work with the Treasure Valley Mental Health Project