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Awards and accolades

Awards and accolades

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland strives for excellence in all facets of its mission. As a result, our providers, researchers, and facility have been honored both locally and nationally with recognitions throughout the year by organizations such as Press Ganey, U.S. News & World Report, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and several others. High-quality specialty care, innovative research and outstanding medical education are a few of the many reasons the Portland Shriners Hospital is effectively recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric orthopaedics.

2020 awards

Hospital awards:

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland was included in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking for Best Children’s Hospitals in the category for Orthopedics. Through a nationally conducted survey, U.S. News & World Report selects hospitals based on clinical data that includes measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nursing staffing. Additionally, peer surveys from pediatric specialists are utilized to help determine the score for each hospital. To earn this prestigious recognition in a specialty category, hospitals must demonstrate exceptional care models and the ability to treat medically complex patients.
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  • Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland received the Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience in Inpatient Pediatric. Press Ganey presents this award to hospitals that have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience, employee or physician engagement, or clinical quality performance. Being recognized in the category for "patient experience" means that the Portland Shriners Hospital ranked higher than 95 % of other hospitals when it comes to the quality of the patient experience. Press Ganey presents these awards annually based on one year of data.
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Staff awards:

  • Ellen M. Raney, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic physician at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in the Section on Orthopaedics by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP Section on Orthopaedics established the Distinguished Service Award in 1995 to recognize an individual in the field of pediatric orthopaedics who has contributed to the AAP's mission of excellence in patient care, research and teaching.
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  • Dominique Laron, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic physician at the Portland Shriners Hospital, won Best Scientific Poster from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) during their annual meeting. Each year, the AACPDM recognizes the brightest, most talented and influential professionals, meeting attendees and community supporters during the annual meeting. His presentation titled Fascia iliaca pain block results in lower overall narcotic usage and shorter hospital stays than epidural anesthesia after hip reconstruction in children with cerebral palsy received the highest score among scientific poster abstracts upon review from the awards committee during the meeting.
  • Michael Sussman, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic physician at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. The recipient of this award is honored for making creative contributions of outstanding significance to the field of medicine, and for the benefit of patients with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.
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  • Michelle Welborn, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic physician at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was recognized by Portland Monthly Magazine as a Top Doc for the second year in a row. Each year, Portland Monthly polls doctors, physician assistants and nurses in Portland to determine the best doctors in the area based on their accomplishments, education, patient satisfaction surveys and other criteria.
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  • Michelle Welborn, M.D., was awarded Best Basic Science Paper from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America for advancing research using biomarker CXM in relation to scoliosis care, a protein discovered by the Portland Shriners Hospital staff in 2018.
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  • Nan Wecker, RN, was recognized as the Portland Shriners Hospital’s DAISY Award® Winner for 2020. The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 and recognizes extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of their patients through the superhuman work they do every day. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, annually recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor.
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  • Ronen Schweitzer, Ph.D., researcher at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was included in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award for his work co-authoring a project on cell and molecular mechanisms of tendon development, regeneration and scar formation.
  • Saundra Schlesinger, researcher at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was awarded Best Poster Award at the Orthopaedic Research Society for her poster titled Smad4 Conditional Deletion In Mouse Using Scleraxis-cre Causes Postnatal Limb Contracture.
  • Susy Molano, certified medical interpreter at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was presented with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health. This award is given each year to a leader who has made outstanding contributions towards achieving health equity and implemented system changes in their community. 
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