OSF St. Francis doctor receives lifetime achievement award
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[June 05, 2012]
PEORIA -- The Illinois Department of
Public Health and the Emergency Medical Services for Children
program have honored Kay Saving, M.D., with a special pediatric care
award for her contributions to childhood care. The Ron W. Lee, MD -
Excellence in Pediatric Care awards are given annually by IDPH and
EMSC to recognize dedication to pediatric emergency care and
childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or
organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories --
Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence and Community Service.
Dr. Saving is the medical director of Children's Hospital of
Illinois at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Mary Draeger
Schultz, M.D., also at Children's Hospital of Illinois, wrote in the
nomination application for Saving: "Since her arrival in Peoria more
than 25 years ago, she has shown herself to be a passionate advocate
for children, as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist and through her
interest in areas such as children's mental health, child
abuse/neglect and palliative care."
"She brings a knowledgeable,
compassionate and innovative perspective to the arena," wrote Pat
Ahern, of the Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition.
"Clinicians throughout Illinois admire Dr. Saving. Her medical
competence in palliative care and oncology demand respect; yet she
is sensitive and supportive to clinicians and organizations
developing novel palliative programs."
Over the years, Saving has:
Pediatric Resource Center, a child-centered, multidisciplinary
effort to provide comprehensive education, evaluation and
treatment in the areas of sexual abuse, physical abuse and
neglect of children.
Sat for and passed
the American Board of Pediatrics' first certification exam in
child abuse pediatrics and been considered to be an expert in
child abuse treatment.
Secured a grant to
establish Children's Hospital as an Injury Free Coalition for
Kids site with programs involving car seats, bicycle safety
helmets and injury prevention.
Helped develop the
pediatric emergency department within the new Children's
Obtained a grant
from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation to fund the
community collaborative project Resource Link, which focuses on
the mental health needs of children and adolescents in central
Created a physician training module for
sickle cell disease, similar to Resource Link, for the Illinois
Sickle Cell Action Network's Sickle Cell Disease Treatment
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"Among her many accomplishments to benefit the pediatric patients
of this region, her greatest triumph is her ability to unite
programs, care systems and individuals to the common goal of
providing the most child-centered, quality care possible. She
certainly embodies the tireless dedication that the Clinical
Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award is designed to recognize,"
wrote Teresa Morrell Riech, M.D., M.P.H., director of the pediatric
emergency department at OSF St. Francis.
The Ron W. Lee, MD - Excellence in Pediatric Care awards are
presented each May. Dr. Lee was the director of emergency medicine
at Loyola University Medical Center and was instrumental in
establishing and fostering the EMSC program in Illinois. He died in
The Illinois EMSC program is a collaborative effort of the
Illinois Department of Public Health and Loyola University Medical
Center. It was established in 1994 to ensure the emergency medical
care needs of children are adequately addressed.
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