IdahoAAPs 2020 Pediatrician of the Year — Dr. Aaron Gardner
Dr. Gardner founded the Just 4 Kids Urgent Care and Just 4 Kids Home Health and Hospice. This center serves as both a pediatric urgent care as well as providing services such as private nursing, therapies and hospice for medically fragile children and families with special needs. In addition to this, he serves as Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health and Human Services ASPR Incident Management Team. In this role, he has been deployed to many domestic and international disasters, providing critical care to children around the world. He also works as an independent contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on radiation medical countermeasures and as a critical care transport physician. Dr. Gardner serves on the Executive Committee for the AAP’s Council on Children and Disasters. He is also certified as an American Sign Language Interpreter.
IdahoAAPs 2020 Child Advocate of the Year — Patricia Kempthorne
Patricia Kempthorne has dedicated her life’s work to building strong families. Patricia currently serves as the founder and owner of the Twiga Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring, promoting, and maintaining a family consciousness at home, in the workplace and in the community. She was also recently honored by The Idaho Voices For Children Organization as the 2020 Children’s Champion. In addition to her duties to the Twiga Foundation, Patricia Kempthorne serves on the Parents as Teachers National Board of Directors, the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Advisory Board and the Idaho Food Bank Capital Campaign.
Patricia Kempthorne's Response: Dear Everyone at the Idaho Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics,
I was totally flustered and humbled when Dr. Burpee made his surprise presentation at the CAB meeting and honored me with the Child Advocate of the Year award. The words of appreciation were not adequate at the time and I want to express my sincere gratitude for the recognition. Most especially coming from you and your organization. I have tried to serve families and children in my life's work from a position of community advocate and, hopefully, occasionally a catalyst for effective change and greater awareness of their needs. Your commitment and the medical community's continued efforts to improve the quality and standards of care for children in Idaho make it more possible to see and support that mission. Thank you for giving me more awareness and inspiration to keep seeking possibilities that make a difference for families and children.
With sincere gratitude and appreciation for all you do,
IdahoAAPs 2020 Organization of the Year — The Idaho Food Bank
The Idaho Foodbank is an independent, donor-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1984, and is the largest distributor of free food assistance in Idaho. Through their partnerships with over 230 organizations, they have distributed over 135 million pounds of food to families across the State of Idaho. Their Mission is to help feed, educate and advocate for Idaho’s hungry through collaborative partnerships to develop efficient solutions that strengthen individuals, families and communities. Their Vision to one day have a hunger-free Idaho. The Idaho Food Bank has several programs that specifically benefit struggling with hunger or food insecurity. Their backpack program gives students a backpack full of nutritious food every Friday so they are provided for over the weekend, they have distributed over 63,000 backpacks across the state. They have established food pantries at 38 schools. They also have hosted multiple Picnics in the Park where children ages 1-18 can receive a free lunch. They also work to educate children and their families about the importance of proper nutrition and how to make healthy meals at home.
AAP proudly presents a Special achievement award to the following doctors for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy:
- Katherine Stevens, MD FAAP
For her work in disaster preparedness and her dedication to ensure the safe of medically fragile children in a variety of settings
- Tom Patterson, MD, FAAP
For his ongoing support and work in the area of Maintence of Certification (MOC IV) and quality improvement projects for pediatricians across the state of Idaho
IdahoAAPs 2019 Pediatrician of the Year — Dr. Cristina Leon
Dr. Cristina Leon completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, she did her fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Miami Childrens Hospital. Dr. Leon now works as a pediatric cardiologist in Pocatello, ID. She published The Incidence of Chromosome Abnormalities in Neonates with Structural Heart Disease. A study focusing on the prevalence of these chromosomal abnormalities in newborns admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) at Nicklaus Childrens Hospital.
Dr. Leon has been very involved in the prevention, awareness and education of congenital heart disease right here in Idaho. She was very involved with the state in developing the laws and guidelines for Congenital Heart Screening for newborns. She has been the expert for the state as they have pushed this forward. She has offered multiple trainings in the past two years to ensure that all babies are being tested.
Dr. Leon also has a deep and genuine love for her patients, and that love is widely reciprocated. She gets to know them and their families and will fight for their best interests at all costs. Beyond the individual child, Cristina also cares deeply about improving the systems, policies, and processes that affect all children's health and well-being. She's an educator, advocate, clinician, and friend--with a feisty latin flare.
We are excited for what the future has for Dr. Cristina Leon and are happy to present her with this award highlighting the excellent work she is doing for kids right here in Idaho. We look forward to continue watching her strive for excellence and making the world just a little bit safer for kids everywhere.
IdahoAAPs 2019 Child Advocate of the Year — Jacquie Watson
Jacquie Watson previously worked as the Maternal and Child Health Director and Section Manager for over eight years with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. She successfully presented to policy-makers during the 2018 Idaho Legislative Session to require screening of congenital heart defects for all infants. She implemented a statewide quality improvement program for primary care providers to support adoption of evidence-based care standards and clinical processes to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. Annual participation includes approximately 50 providers from 30 clinics across the state.
Jacquie Watson has supported St. Lukes Childrens Performance Improvement team through her role in Idahos Maternal & Child Health Program. Our program plans and implements projects to enhance the quality of care that families receive in the primary care setting. In addition to financial support through a block grant, Jacquie has been instrumental in the development of initiatives by serving on our planning committees and continually providing guidance on community needs. Some of the projects weve collaborated on include Oral Health Integration, Adolescent Immunizations, Developmental Screening, and Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resiliency. Her leadership has led to many positive outcomes, and it is a testament to her commitment to improve Idahos families.
Jacquie Watson is a dedicated public health professional with over fourteen years of experience in program administration and management. She now currently serves as the Senior Provider Network Manager at Blue Cross of Idaho. We are thrilled to honor Jacquie for all of the hard work she has done and look forward as we watch her continue her efforts to make Idaho a healthier and safer place for all children.
IdahoAAPs 2019 Organization of the Year — The Ada County Medical Education Consortium (ACMEC)
The Ada County Medical Education Consortium (ACMEC) was created in 1971 to improve patient care across the Treasure Valley through the provision of continuing medical education for physicians.
The Ada County Medical Education Consortium (ACMEC) has offered AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for nearly 10 years to providers participating in quality improvement projects offered through our Performance Improvement program. Some of the topics aiming to improve the childrens health outcomes include Preventing Childhood Obesity, 2 Year Old Immunizations, Pediatric Asthma, Oral Health Integration, and Developmental Screening. Over 200 Idaho providers (104 pediatricians and 72 family physicians) have benefitted from the credits that allow providers to participate and improve their practice through standardized approaches.
Over 200 Idaho providers have benefitted from the credits that allow providers to participate and improve their practice through standardized approaches. ACMEC supports our team in the application and approval process, and their organization provides the framework to develop an organized and meaningful series. When we offer CME, providers can be certain that the quality of the content has met a higher standard.