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Northern California Hospital recognized with three awards at annual meeting of the American Burn Association

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three awards presented at the 2014 meeting of the American Burn Association recognize the outstanding contributions of the professional team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California to burn care, research, rehabilitation and prevention. ABA leadership presented the awards at the annual meeting that took place in Boston, March 25-28. The awards recognize the ongoing contributions the Northern California team makes to improve outcomes in children with burn injuries.

Barbra Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award | Cheryl Hanley, O.T.R./L.

Cheryl Hanley, manager of occupational and physical therapy at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, received the Barbra Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award. An experienced occupational therapist, Ms. Hanley has more than 20 years of service to Shriners Hospitals for Children. She was instrumental in the development of the pediatric burn program that opened with the Northern California hospital in 1997, and she has worked to shepherd the development and successes of the entire rehabilitation team. She champions clinical education, supports projects that further program development, and is actively involved in burn rehabilitation research. Ms. Hanley also serves on the board of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and volunteers at the foundation’s camp for burn survivors each year. As one who leads by example, Ms. Hanley has emboldened many therapists over the years to move burn research, education and clinical care forward, and she fully exemplifies the spirit of the Barbra Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award.

A. Moyer Resident Award | Kathleen Romanowski, M.D.

Dr. Kathleen ‘Katie’ Romanowski, a surgical resident, was awarded the Carl A. Moyer Resident Award for the best paper submitted by a medical doctor who has not completed their formal training. Dr. Romanowski’s paper was entitled, Frailty Score on Admission Predicts Outcomes in Elderly Burn Injury. The award includes a $500 honorarium and medal.

Prevention Poster – 3rd Place Award

A recognized leader in burn prevention, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California captured 3rd place in the prevention category for its poster that warns: You can burn more than the roof of your mouth with hot soup. The prevention warning titles a picture of the Three Little Pigs and a Mama Wolf in the kitchen preparing soup. Judging was based on poster message, graphics, simplicity, organization and flow and balance. Twenty-three posters were submitted for judging in the Prevention Poster.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides acute care to children from throughout the Western United States, Canada, and Mexico. The hospital is distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center, and it is the region’s most active pediatric burn center. The medical team at Northern California has long been active in ABA affairs. Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burn surgery, and Dr. Tina Palmieri, assistant chief of burns, both are past presidents of the ABA. Other members of their professional team serve on a number of ABA committees.