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Community news | Wednesday, March 30, 2016

There is little more heartbreaking than a sick child. Even if it's just an ear infection, we want to do everything humanly possible to make our child feel well again.

Parents in Ashtabula County can turn to Ashtabula County Medical Center. Whether it's one of our four Pediatricians, our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, our Family Practice Physicians who see children, or our Express Care staff, our team of full-time providers is here for you – and for your child.

ACMC's physicians and nurse practitioners care for physical, emotional and social health from infancy through adolescence. Our team provides education, advice and guidance to parents and children; conducts well-baby/well-child exams to evaluate overall health; provides vaccinations; and treats short- and long-tern illnesses and diseases. They also join in community efforts to prevent and solve problems with children's healthcare, and serve as children's advocates. They treat every child as if he or she is their own. Ashtabula County Medical Center is the only hospital in the county with a dedicated pediatrics unit, staffed with nurses who are know that taking care of a sick child is not the same as taking care of a small adult.

ACMC's affiliation with Cleveland Clinic also provides access to specialty pediatrics care – right here in Ashtabula.

Since 2009, Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Thomas Edwards, MD, has offered a monthly specialty clinic at Ashtabula County Medical Center. Dr. Edwards' cares for children who suffer from various disorders of the heart, including: valve disease, palpitations, murmurs, defects, stenosis and more.

ACMC's Pediatric Team recognized an increasing number of patients with diseases of the endocrine system, and they knew just where to turn: Cleveland Clinic Children’s, the only hospital in Northeast Ohio that is ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Children’s Hospitals 2015-16." The rankings are based on quality, safety, care and reputation. Cleveland Clinic Children's 10 specialty rankings include: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Pulmonology, and Urology

Beginning in March 2016, two Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Endocrinologists will see patients at Ashtabula County Medical Center to make it easier for our youngest patients to receive the care they need.

Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with the endocrine system (primarily the pituitary, pancreas, thyroid and adrenal glands) and conditions related to hormones. A Pediatric Endocrinologist focuses on these conditions in children. Common conditions treated include:

  • Juvenile and Type 2 diabetes
  • Growth disorders
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Menstrual problems and polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Puberty – early or late

Because many of these conditions are life-long, Endocrinologists care for the person not just the disease. They offer diagnostic evaluation of symptoms and provide solutions for long-term management of the condition.

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Pediatric Endocrinologists at ACMC are Dr. Laurie Tsilianidis and Dr. Sumana Narasimhan. Both are board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and bring a combined 15 years of experience to serve the needs of children in Ashtabula County.

"Being able to collaborate with a nationally-ranked Children’s Hospital is a true benefit to ACMC and our community," said ACMC Pediatrician Jude Cauwenbergh, DO. "And, having Cleveland Clinic Children’s specialists come to ACMC makes it much easier for our patients to get the specialty care they need."

To schedule an appointment with a member of the ACMC Pediatrics team, call 440-997-6969. To schedule an appointment with Cleveland Clinic Children's for Pediatric Cardiology, call 216-415-5015, or for Pediatric Endocrinology, call 440-997-6969.