When looking at one of our plush Aflac ducks, I see more than white fur, a yellow beak and that tempting Squeeze Me button. I think about the beginning of the incredible journey that is also the story of the Aflac Cancer Center, and how it all began with a young cancer patient named Ansley Riedel. Continue reading
Six years ago today, my family and I were preparing to spend Thanksgiving in the hospital. My youngest daughter, Lily, was recovering from open heart surgery. It was eerily quiet on the floor, and you could see it in every parent’s eyes that no one wanted to be there. As with most things in life, the toughest of situations brought out the best in people. Continue reading →
By Renee Watson, R.N.C., B.S.N., C.P.H.Q., C.I.C., Infection Prevention Manager
The State Health Department has yet to call the official start of flu season in Georgia, but you wouldn’t know it by the look of our emergency departments. Here at Children’s, we’ve already seen more than 100 cases of the flu and flu-like viruses in our hospitals and urgent care centers.
Here’s a small dose of education to help keep your family healthy these next few months. Continue reading →
Almost 10 years ago, my daughter Paige was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. I was scared, worried, stressed and overwhelmed. I struggled to be brave and not cry in front of my children. My story may sound similar to yours.
During Christmas break, Paige was constantly hungry, thirsty, irritable, and anxious. She was tired all the time, made frequent trips to the bathroom, and her clothes hung loose against an increasingly thin frame. I did not put the pieces (or should I say symptoms?) together until we traveled together during the holiday break. As I looked at pictures from the trip, I realized something was wrong. Very wrong. Continue reading →
By Robert Massey, Business Intelligence Architect, Children’s Information Services and Technology (IS&T) Team
At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our five Urgent Care Centers recently started sharing wait times to help families know what to expect when they bring a child for care. It was a pretty big deal for our hospital system, as we had not offered that kind of real-time service before.
This is the type of project I would never have seen myself working on when I first joined Children’s in the early ’80s. It’s also one that’s already yielding a great response. Continue reading →