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The Guilds of Children's Hospital

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center

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More than 3 million American children are reported as abused or neglected every year. That’s just what’s reported – imagine how many cases never reach an agency. On any given day, three to five percent of Children’s inpatient population are here because of abuse or neglect. From 2004 to 2006, 34% of children under the age of one entering our trauma program were non-accidental traumas. Another 30% were listed as falls, many of which were suspected as abuse or neglect.

We have had the SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) Team in place since 1999. This is a multi-disciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, law enforcement, Child Welfare, public health and other individuals and groups (as necessary).  It's designed to help identify and act upon suspected cases of abuse.
Our Guild's Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center addresses abuse in a different way. The center currently operates a clinic one day a week and sees follow-up patients and outside referrals. Staff are trained in both the physical and psycho-social aspects of child abuse. Their focus is specifically on elements of abuse, neglect and endangerment – not completely on injury treatment.

Another ambitious element of the department is prevention. Our team is partnering with organizations like the Child Abuse Prevention Councils of California, Comprehensive Youth Services, Child Welfare Services, Exceptional Parents Unlimited and county health departments to provide education to parents and caregivers. We truly hope to offer significant knowledge capital for child abuse prevention in the Valley.

There are many agencies in our region who address this horrifying problem and do their best to help kids every day. We are a regional powerhouse when it comes to pediatric care, and we work very hard to leverage that strength in child abuse prevention. We have lofty goals, but we want to make sure that if children are harmed, Children’s Hospital – and everything we have to offer – will be there to treat and defend them.

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Children's Hospital Names Medical Director for
The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center

Children’s Hospital has named Dr. Philip Hyden as medical director for The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center. Dr. Hyden brings more than 20 years’ experience to Children’s Hospital as medical director of The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center. The center’s Department of Child Abuse Pediatrics is part of a Dr. Hydenmultidisciplinary team at Children’s – including the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency department, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, trauma, injury prevention, general medicine, social services and others.

Working in conjunction with outside organizations such as child welfare services and law enforcement, Dr. Hyden will oversee suspected child abuse and neglect patients, focusing on expanding clinical services for these patients and research to address child abuse injuries. He will continue building the program in the community with outside agencies through education and outreach to other hospitals and physician groups.

Dr. Hyden joined Children’s in May 2010 from Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Hawaii, where he was medical director of Child Maltreatment Services, which included the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center and Sexual Abuse Treatment Center. Prior to this, he was director of the Child Protection Program at Cornell University Medical College-New York Presbyterian Hospital.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Legal Medicine, Dr. Hyden has held academic positions as associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Cornell University College of Medicine in New York, and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. He has published in professional journals including the “Journal of Burn Care & Research,” “Burns” and “Topics of Emergency Medicine,” and authored book chapters. Dr. Hyden has given numerous lectures on child abuse and maltreatment topics across the country to diverse audiences, ranging from law enforcement and judicial agencies to health organizations.

Dr. Hyden received his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. He completed a pediatric internship and residency at Shands Teaching Hospital, University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Hyden completed a pediatric fellowship in child abuse and neglect at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver, Colo.

Dr. Hyden also holds a doctorate in law from the University of Florida.


The Guilds of Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Prevention
and Treatment Endowment

The Guilds of Children's Hospital have pledged to raise $5 million towards the establishment of The Guilds of Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Endowment. The funds will provide permanent support for the Guilds of Children's Hospital Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Center.