Healthy Kids Summer 2022


Here for You All Year


ummertime can make us all feel like kids again. Enjoying long, warm days at the beach or in the backyard. Ice cream and swimming pools to keep cool. Bike rides, barbecues and adventures close to home or far afield. Of course, you watch your kids carefully while they’re in the pool or the ocean, apply sunscreen despite their complaints, and soothe their

@radychildrens Singer and activist Adam Lambert paid a visit to the Center for Gender- Affirming Care and made a donation to support its patient family resource room.

bruises and bug bites. You want your kids to be safe and well—and so do we.

That means we’re here for you and your children no matter what kind of care you need. Sometimes that means truly trailblazing medical care is required. In this issue, we introduce you to 13-year-old Nemo, who recently received a dual heart and kidney transplant—a first for Rady Children’s. We also recently performed our first fetal MRI procedure at the new Dickinson Image-Guided Intervention Center, providing noninvasive, detailed imaging of a fetus’ tiny heart. And you’ll read about the exciting ways that Justin Ryan, PhD, is using 3D printing, virtual reality and other technologies at the Helen and Will Webster Foundation 3D Innovations Lab to help surgeons prepare for procedures and much more. Children’s mental health is critically important too—and because we’re seeing crisis levels of depression, anxiety and other concerns, in this issue we share ways to talk to your teens about the challenges they’re facing in life. You’ll also learn about the ways Rady Children’s is ensuring that mental health resources are available close to home in primary care offices. At Rady Children’s, we’re dedicated to keeping your kids healthy all year and giving them the finest care if illnesses or injuries happen. In this issue, you’ll find tips to keep your family healthy this summer—and help all of you have fun while kids are out of school. We’re constantly innovating care for your family, now and always.

@radychildrens The teachers at Alexa’s Playful Learning Academy for Young Children in San Diego and Murrieta are a special bunch. Thanks for all you do!

STEPHEN JENNINGS Chief External Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President Rady Children’s Executive Director Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation

@rchabaypark The Bay Park unit of Rady Children’s Auxiliary raised $24,000 for the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Department at its Cheers for Good Health event.


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