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Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Physician Honored

5/23/06

Debra Simms, MDThe Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance has selected Debra Simms, M.D., medical director, Child Protection Team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, as its 2005 Champion for Children award recipient.

"Dr. Simms is a passionate advocate for the specialized needs of child abuse victims," said Barb Welke, chair, Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance. "Dr. Simms' warm, compassionate demeanor and expertise in the field of child abuse are a couple of reasons why she was selected for this annual award."

National Children's Alliance (NCA) is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to victims of severe child abuse. NCA provides services to Children's Advocacy Centers, multidisciplinary teams and professionals across the country.

"Dr. Simms is an important addition to the Child Protection Team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital," said Bob Connors, M.D., president, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. "In addition to her role at our hospital, she is also the only full-time physician providing medical examinations for children suspected of abuse or neglect in Kent and 36 surrounding counties. She is impacting countless children."

The Child Protection Team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (CPT) is a multidisciplinary hospital-based program providing services for physically and sexually abused and neglected children on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. The Child Protection Team provides comprehensive medical evaluations facilitating prevention, identification, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse or neglect in West Michigan through education, clinical practice and research. The team is composed of 40 members from a variety of disciplines.

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is West Michigan's largest children's hospital, serving children and families throughout a 37-county region. Our team includes more than 100 specialists uniquely skilled in providing medical care to children, in over 40 outpatient clinical settings. Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is committed to caring for children and families with compassion, excellence and innovation.

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is West Michigan's largest children's hospital, serving children and families throughout a 37-county region. A teaching hospital, it includes more than 150 pediatric specialty physicians uniquely skilled in providing medical and surgical care to children in more than 40 pediatric specialties. The hospital cares for more than 7,600 inpatients and 190,000 outpatients annually. Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is committed to caring for children and families with compassion, excellence and innovation.