Chief of Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Rashed Durgham, MD will serve as Interim Pediatrician-in-Chief when Dr. John Schreiber departs Floating Hospital for Children at the end of December. Dr. Durgham will be a strong leader for us while we conduct our national search for a permanent physician leader for the Floating, and he will have an outstanding team to help him in his endeavors.
Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD, who joined us earlier this year from Massachusetts General, has agreed to lead an initiative to enhance the patient and family experience in our pediatric ambulatory clinics. Elizabeth Schainker, MD and Mary Beth Williams, RN will continue their excellent work in the inpatient setting, and Executive Director Marilyn Bowman, Dr. Schainker and Geoff Binney, MD will continue their management of the multi-hospital Floating pediatric and neonatal system, ensuring a strong operational focus for Floating Hospital. Priya Garg, MD will continue the outstanding education of our residents.
Since joining Floating Hospital in 2008, Dr. Durgham has done much to build our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit from 500 admissions to more than 800 last year. He began our pediatric critical care transport program, bringing the sickest children from the community to Floating Hospital. Dr. Durgham also spearheaded two recent efforts: our new Comfort Corner Pediatric Sedation Unit, which opened earlier this year, and the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, procedure that takes over the work of the lungs for very ill children and adults.
Dr. Durgham is deeply committed to continuing the team spirit at Floating Hospital and will immediately begin meeting with Floating Hospital’s division chiefs to gain a greater understanding of what they need to continue to move Floating Hospital forward.