Nationwide Children’s Hospital
|Name of Program:
|Nationwide Children’s Hospital
|Year Program Established:
|Cardiologist: Omar Khalid MD
Neuropsychologists: Jennifer Cass PhD ABPP, Ari Rabkin PhD
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician: Anita Narayanan MD
Clinical Therapies: Jill Tonneman OTR/L BCP, Sarah Eilerman PT DPT, Wendy Rogers PT
Nursing: Robin Allen RN
|Key Staff and Specialties/Disciplines Involved in the Program:
|The Cardiac Neurodevelopmental program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio was established in 2014 and is under the leadership of cardiologist Dr. Omar Khalid, who recently published their findings of early neurodevelopmental outcomes in children after the Hybrid procedure.
|Age Range of Patients Served:
|0-5 year old
Description of Inpatient Program(s): WeeMove program, Physical and Occupational therapists in the ICU engage children in activities that will get them up and moving. Clinical therapy evaluation (PT and OT) for single ventricle patients.
Description of Outpatient Program(s): ASQ questionnaire at 6 and 12 months; Bayley testing at 12 and 24 months; Neuropsychological evaluation at 3 and 5 years and at later ages as clinically indicated. Neurodevelopmental screening in the pediatric Fontan clinic.
Description of research or QI projects in cardiac neurodevelopment – undergoing or accomplished: Part of NPC-QIC Gross motor Improvement. CNOC QI project to improve ambulatory cardiology identification and recognition of high-risk neurodevelopmental status
QI project to improve the referrals for neuropsychology at 3 years of age.
Published articles: Khalid O, Harrison T. Early Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Related Anomalies After Hybrid Procedure. Pediatric Cardiology. 2019;40(8):1591-1598.
Unique features and strengths of this program: The program is designed to be an integral part of the Heart Center without needing extra resources to maintain. With cardiology being the “medical home” the program tapped into the existing resources to deliver high standard services.