10th annual Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic presents $270,000 check to Children’s Hospital
From left, Lance Brown, MD, chief of the division of pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Cathy and Steven Kienle, owners of Walter’s Mercedes Benz; and Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; celebrate the $270,000 raised at the 10th annual Children’s Charity Classic golf tournament.
On March 7, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital staff and sponsors from the 10th annual Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic golf tournament met for a brunch to celebrate $270,000 raised during the tournament. The money will benefit the pediatric emergency room with new imaging equipment and the newly opened medical simulation center.
“Much of trauma care is based on x-rays of some sort,” says Lance Brown, MD, chief of the division of pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, “but that can take too long—up to 15 minutes.” He describes the x-ray process and how multiple scans compound the problem when determining the proper depth for such instruments as needed in intubating young patients. He explains how the first x-ray shows the initial position, and if too deep, the physician readjusts and calls for another film (another 15 minutes), only to find out the position is too shallow, another readjustment (another 15 minutes), and so on. The new machine to be procured by the pediatric emergency room—the Cannon CXDI-50 G portable digital radiography system—will cut the time required for each film to three seconds.
“Three seconds later you know what’s going on inside that infant’s chest,” says Dr. Brown as he snaps his fingers. “So instead of 15 minutes, 15 minutes, and another 15 minutes to get films, now it’s three seconds, three seconds, three seconds. That makes a huge difference in getting it just right. This is a tremendous advance.”
To go along with the new system, the department will also be able to purchase a large flat-screen monitor to display the x-rays.
The medical simulation center received funding for the SimMan II and the Infant IV simulator. Kent Denmark, MD, medical director of the center, told how the new simulators will allow medical students to practice a procedure innumerable times before ever having to do anything on a real patient.
“Listening to Dr. Brown, it’s always exciting to hear his passion. It is infectious,” says Steven Kienle, owner of Walter’s Mercedes Benz. “Every doctor, nurse, and technician shares his passion and that is what drives us. The level of commitment you provide the community is amazing.
“The sponsors are the lifeblood of our tournament,” continues Mr. Kienle. “We really want to thank them for their support.”
The Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic has raised a total of $1,660,000 since its beginning 10 years ago.
By Preston Clarke Smith