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Children's expands cardiology services | Sept. 2, 2014
The Banner Children’s cardiology and cardiovascular program recently expanded its services to include stabilizing and caring for neonates, from the delivery room to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

Banner Children's opened its first cardiology clinic at Cardon Children’s Medical Center this year, and will be opening one at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center this fall and at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center by spring 2015. Each clinic will provide services from neonatal fetal care for infants diagnosed in utero through adolescence and beyond.

The Banner Children’s medical director for Pediatric Cardiology is Ernerio T. Alboliras, MD. Prior to joining Banner Health, Dr. Alboliras was director of non-invasive imaging and fetal cardiology for the Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and the Eller Heart Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. He has 27 years’ experience in pediatric cardiology. He is joined by Deepti Bhat, MD and Pankaj Jain, MD, both of whom have expertise in pediatric congenital and acquired heart diseases, transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and fetal echocardiography.

Banner Children's looks forward to serving the specialized and complex needs of all children in the Valley who require cardiology and cardiovascular care. To learn more about heart care at Banner Children's, visit

Cardon Children's welcomes new cardiothoracic surgeon to medical staff | Aug. 6, 2014
As the new chief of congenital heart surgery at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Randall S. Fortuna, MD, is looking forward to the opportunity to serve patients and support Arizona families that are affected by congenital heart disease (CHD).

“Every 15 minutes a baby is born in the United States with congenital heart disease,” said Dr. Fortuna. “Our ability to care for these children is one of the greatest success stories of modern medicine. With advances in medical technology, surgical techniques and critical care we now are able to surgically manage these problems without the need for transplantation in almost all children,” he said.

Dr. Fortuna’s journey began as a medical student at the University of Utah, which was followed by a surgical residency at Saint Louis University and Loma Linda Medical Center in Southern California. After Dr. Fortuna completed his fellowship in congenital heart surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, he began operating at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. Over the past 11 years, Dr. Fortuna has performed more than 2,000 operations for patients ranging from premature neonates to fully grown adults with CHD.

“Dr. Fortuna’s passion for the children he meets is admirable,” said Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children’s CEO. “He loves each child as if they were his own, so our patients and their families will definitely benefit from his clinical expertise and his partnership with families and our associates to give the best care possible.” 

Recognizing Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder in children | Aug. 4, 2014
Many children deal with sleep disorders daily, which is why the Banner Desert Sleep Center provides parents the opportunity to have their child tested for sleep disturbances such as breathing, narcolepsy, insomnia, snoring, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders, including Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder. Our registered sleep technologists and physicians accurately diagnose a child’s sleeping problem to provide a better night’s sleep for both the child and caregiver.

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, a common sleep disturbance diagnosed among children, is mainly characterized by a delay of the habitual nocturnal sleep period. Individuals with DSPD often find themselves unable to fall asleep until the early morning hours and unable to awaken until late morning or earlier in the afternoon.  Sleep-onset insomnia and morning sleepiness generally occurs if sleep and waking are attempted at an earlier time. As outlined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, individuals with DSPD often receive light and melatonin treatments, which are most effective when administered between 1.5 and 6 hours prior to the habitual bedtime. These treatments shift the circadian rhythms to an earlier time.

Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, which is more commonly seen in middle aged adults, is defined as a sleep pattern scheduled several hours earlier than is usual or desired. This can be diagnosed through the level of distress a patient might feel about not conforming to a normal sleep pattern and also ruling out other possible causes of sleep maintenance insomnia. Diana Go, MD, who specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and sleep disorders at Banner Thunderbird, added “Our goal at Banner Health is to help children experience better sleep without all of the added disturbances.”

If you have any questions regarding different sleep disorders found among children, you can contact Dr. Diana Go at

If you would like to refer a patient to the Banner Desert Sleep Center for a sleep test or diagnosis, you can refer them to Banner Desert Medical Center located at 1400 S. Dobson Rd, Mesa AZ 85202, or you can have them call (480) 412-3684 for more information.

Recognizing, addressing and preventing child abuse | July 11, 2014
Leslie D. Quinn, MD, recently lectured to a group of physicians about the effects of early child abuse and how to recognize, address and prevent it. Dr. Quinn stated that children who are abused will often present with anxiety, panic and an increased heart rate. It is important to recognize these symptoms and address them quickly to reduce short-term and long-term risks associated with child abuse.

Adults who were impacted by abuse as children are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism, drug abuse, depression and suicide. They are also more likely to become smokers, more promiscuous at a young age, at higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases and a possible increase in severe obesity due to physical inactivity. A strong relationship has been found between the breadth of exposure to abuse or household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults.

Dr. Quinn is now leading Banner’s Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Team, whose goals for 2014 include, but are not limited to: 1) developing Clinical Pathway guidelines for suspected child physical and sexual abuse, and 2) educate their facilities on how to access and utilize the information effectively. Individual facility SCAN teams will be active in the education of staff regarding effective reporting and recognition of abuse, and members of the team will work with the Department of Child Safety (DCS), law enforcement agencies and legal personnel to improve collaboration and communication in cases of abuse.

Dr. Quinn will be giving another lecture on “Suspected Child Abuse: Bone Fractures” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, at Banner Thunderbird, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Remote access from a computer will also be available.

For more information on this lecture, please contact Samantha Cunningham at For more information about the SCAN Team, contact

Keep water safety top of mind during summer months | July 11, 2014
Summer in Arizona means hot days, no school and lots of free time for both children and adults to be outside swimming in the pool. Unfortunately, the hot weather also increases the risk of drownings. There have been more fatalities in the first six months of this year than the entire year of 2013, and as of June 25, there have been a total of ninety incidents, with fifty nine of them being children under the age of twelve, and twenty three fatalities: eleven children, three teens, and fifteen adults. 

Banner’s commitment to water safety is outstanding, and due to Drowning Impact Awareness Month in August, Banner Health will offer all physicians the opportunity to handout the Water Smart Baby Book to their patients. The Water Smart Baby Book, which is available in both English and Spanish, concentrates on everything water-related, from CPR, safety devices and, most importantly, tips on how to prevent drownings. These tips include: Block, Watch and Learn.

  • Block - Have an effective barrier around your pool/spa to help guard against unauthorized (or unsupervised) access. Block doggie doors that lead into the pool area.
  • Watch - Never leave your child unattended around any body of water…not even for a second. Adults need to swim with a buddy. 
  • Learn - Everyone should learn to swim. Enroll children in swim lessons starting at 9 months of age. Also, learn how to administer CPR.

If you have any questions or would like copies of the Water Smart Baby Book, contact Tracey Fejt, Injury Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Manager at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, at

Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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