Kindervelt's 50th Jubilee
Celebrating 50 years of Making a Difference
From the President
Happy May!  As we approach the end of our fiscal year, the first of 4 years supporting the Division of Critical Care Medicine and the PICU, I have to say I am delighted with the way Kindervelt continued working through all the obstacles the entire year due to the pandemic.

Who would ever think we would be able to accomplish what we have? It’s been a joy meeting and working with the doctors and staff and learning about the new Critical Care Building and enhancements for the PICU. It’s rewarding being a part of it and also celebrating our 50th year. What a history we have!  

Anticipation builds for our check presentation to CCHMC coming up on May 19th. Amy Rosenberg, Annual Meeting Chair, has prepared a wonderful evening for us to celebrate the 2020 and 2021 years. How wonderful that 60 members will be able to once again be a part of the excitement in-person this year and others can watch the check reveal live on Facebook. There are still a few spots open for in-person reservations and time to order fun favors that will be used during the reveal for those groups that may want to organize a “watch party” and celebrate along with us from home. Details are listed in this edition.

Thank goodness for nice weather now, that will allow more groups to meet in person and enjoy each other’s company instead of looking at each other in little boxes on the computer screen.  We are all “zoomed” out, but how wonderful that has been, and is, to give us another option for meeting. Can you image what this would have been like had it happened in the 70’s?

As I wrap up the first year of my presidency, I will share that I take immense pride in talking about Kindervelt and all the wonderful things we do that make a difference in the lives of so many at Cincinnati Children’s. That pride is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our membership…truly amazing!
Katrina Smith
Kindervelt City President
Kindervelt's Annual Meeting
Still a Few Spots Available
Join the KV Board, CCHMC VIP’s and KV members as we celebrate milestones of service at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 19th at 6pm at Kenwood Country Club. Due to CDC restrictions, we have limited availability with only 13 spots remaining! Spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

$20 for the evening and you’ll receive an appetizer plate, beverages, party favor and be LIVE for the monetary reveal! Not able to attend in person? Consider ordering up to10 party celebration favors for safe group gatherings to view the Facebook LIVE check reveal at 7:30pm! PlLEASE TAKE PICS OR VIDEOS!

Celebrating Kindervelt service, Amy Rosenberg - KV Annual Event Chair
Blazing a New Trail in Training
Matthew W. Zackoff, MD, MEd
Our primary responsibility as clinicians is to care for children. We spend our days working at the bedside to provide the best interdisciplinary (physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, child life, social work, etc.) care we can – saving children when we are able and supporting them and their family when we are not. We additionally work on several fronts to improve the care for children either through research into new therapies or approaches, implementing new safety processes, or improving our clinical care. 

One of our most fundamental responsibilities is as teachers, to train care providers within and without of the PICU to recognize sick children and appropriately and efficiently intervene. The Division of Critical Care Medicine is internationally recognized for our work in innovating new approaches to training to improve the care we provide to children. Our work leverages established and new technology to enhance training, including high quality videos and animations, cutting edge computerized mannikins, augmented reality, and virtual reality.

Nearly every week, a member of the Division of Critical Care Medicine is using a computerized mannikin, with the help of our Center for Simulation and Research, to train teams of care providers on the inpatient wards or in the PICU. These highly advanced tools are constructed to look like our patients, connect to vital sign monitors, and allow the administration of medications, chest compressions, breathing tube insertions, and pretty much anything else we do caring for patients. The scenarios we create focus on core skills that are reinforced on a regular basis – such as roles and tasks during a code event – or are in response to unexpected events to allow us to learn from our experiences and prepare for their occurrence in the future.

We have gone a step further than any other center in the country with the incorporation of augmented reality into some of these training scenarios. Through the use of mobile computerized headsets, we can project a virtual patient on top of the computerized manikin, allowing the participants to see the clinical findings (facial expressions, speech, skin color changes, work of breathing) of a real-life patient. This brings the realism of the experience way beyond what is otherwise possible and gives us new insights into what care team members notice – providing an opportunity for training on more nuanced or subtle findings that can have profound impact on a patient’s trajectory.

Going a step further, we have created completely immersive virtual training experiences through the use of virtual reality. When participants wear the headset, they are transported to a completely virtual hospital room that includes virtual staff, virtual patients, and virtual equipment. This allows us to simulate experiences that are not otherwise possible. Our work has included a scenario with an infant with severe respiratory distress, to train frontline staff on how to recognize which children require an escalation of care to the PICU. We’ve recently implemented a scenario that allows a team (physicians and nurses) to work together in a virtual environment to take care of a patient with sepsis – a severe infection – focusing on key findings and what interventions need to happen quickly in order to prevent worsening. Through this work we are driving increased clinical knowledge in skill, which promotes a safer care environment and better outcomes for patients throughout Cincinnati Children’s and with time throughout the world. 
A Look Back - The 90's
by Claire Kupferle #3
The decade of the 1990s was a time of explosive growth in the internet and computer technology. Google was founded, the iMac was unveiled by Apple Computers, and Intel marketed the Pentium microprocessor, among other major strides forward.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical center (CCHMC) moved into the future also, with completion of a state-of-the-art hospital tower. In 1991, Kindervelt began a four-year commitment to raise funds to support construction of a trauma center, located in the new tower. The organization’s contribution to the project totalled almost $2.3 million, culminating in the creation of the Kindervelt Trauma Center, which began emergency care and trauma treatment in 1994.
Fundraising from 1995-1999 provided monies for another major Kindervelt donation, this one of almost $2.5 million, used to fund the Kindervelt Critical Care Program. This remarkable unit in the Critical Care Medical Division provides 24-hour access to multi-disciplinary physician and nursing coverage with all pediatric subspecialties available for consultation.
In addition to the roster of annual activities already in place, Kindervelt added some short-term citywide projects in the 1990s. The organization was tapped by the Cincinnati Rowing Committee to help stage the annual National Collegiate Rowing Championship at East Fork Lake, an event which lasted until 1996. Kindervelt also participated in the “All About Kids” event at the Convention Center - organizing the entertainment, directing volunteers, and hosting an interactive themed area. The popular KinderKlaus Markt continued to draw crowds and raise funds.
The local groups were also successful with their fund-raising events during this time, adding significantly to the amount donated to CCHMC. An average of 66 groups were active across the city at this time. Their contributions, when added to that of the short-term events, totalled 75% of the funds generated from 1990-1999, making up $4,025,200 of the $5,388,000 donated. KinderKlaus Markt contributed the remaining 25% to the total. 
Raising an average of half a million dollars a year, year after year, doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work and a clear sense of purpose. The recipe for Kindervelt’s success can be found in our mission statement which reads: “We believe in creating an environment that provides a foundation for building friendships and productive relationships within the organization and throughout the community. Kindervelt is an opportunity for individuals to come together and make a difference in the lives of children.” This focus allowed Kindervelt to build a reputation as an organization that could get things done and to build relationships that make participation in Kindervelt events fun and rewarding.
Kindervelt in the 1990's
by Nancy Groves-VanBuskirk #29
This was another amazing decade for Kindervelt. It was a decade in which we had our 2 biggest donations ever - $600,000 in 1992 and $610,000 in 1994. Although membership had started to decline, it didn’t stop the growing diversity of novel and fun activities . According to KV City President Melanie Gallagher 1996-1998, we had numerous city wide events - Markt, Tennithon, Hoopla, KV Klassic Golf, Bowling, Bayer Wind Orchestra, 25 year Celebration with Kings Island, and a Membership Research Study. The KV Board met several times with TWIGS of Dayton and Columbus Children's Hospitals sharing fundraising ideas and attending Festival of Trees. KV members helped with ATP program sales, were hostesses at Homearama, P&G consumer panels, ticket sales to the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. One of a kind group projects were Serious Fun at Lazarus with Miss America and Oleg Cassini, Jazzersize for Children, Road Rallies, a 3 day shopping trip to Frankenmuth MI, and an American Doll Fashion Show.

The decade began with our participation in All About Kids held at the Cincinnati Convention Center and involved many other organizations. Kindervelt had The Emergency Room booth where kids were given a cloth doll that they could personalize by drawing on a face and clothing. They used their doll to learn about medical procedures, like setting a broken arm and sewing stitches, all in a safe non scary environment.

Tennithon started in 1982 and lasted throughout the 1990s raising thousands of dollars for CCHMC. So what exactly was Tennithon? It came about when Steve Contardi, Tennis Pro at Harpers Point Tennis Club came to KV with an idea to give back to CCHMC for their support of children. All 12 of the Greater Cincinnati Indoor Tennis Clubs participated. Kindervelt coordinated the event. The Tennithon Chair sat on the KV Board and was in charge of a steering committee. Each club was assigned an area KV group who supervised the kids and provided snacks, pizza, and prizes all donated by KV members and area businesses. The clubs organized games and activities throughout the night. Members of the steering committee would drive from club to club during the night checking on things and collecting money. The year Karen Bellman was chair there were 1000 kids signed up to play. They also had a Pro/Am event where an amateur got to play with a pro/celebrity like Paul O’Neil of the Cincinnati Reds. Other Reds participated and autographed baseballs and cards for the kids. It was promoted through the schools and you did not need to be a tennis player to participate. At the end of the event the Cincinnati Zoo provide a room for KV volunteers to hand tabulate all of the pledge sheets the kids obtained with the number of hours/minutes played. Then bills were sent out to collect the money.

Hoopla was another kids sporting event in the early to mid 90s. It was a 3 on 3 basketball tournament held at Xavier. Kids form all over the city participated. It lasted about 2 years.

Then there was the year of the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. KV members organized housing and transportation for the teams and judges, among many other things.

Susan Laurence was the first City President of the decade and KV’s commitment then was to the Kindervelt Trauma Center. After her term as City President, Susan was hired to work in the Trauma Center where she initiated the bicycle helmet safety and child car seat campaigns. Something that is so much a part of our life now was very new back then.

Finally just for fun, the 90’s version of “Shopify” was a glassed in showcase of the KV groups various craft and ongoing items. It was located at the entrance to the hospital cafeteria and the management of it was a KV Board position.
Upcoming Events
Virtual Hospital Tours!
May 11th - 1pm - 2pm

CCHMC is taking us on a virtual tour of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. Tour will be via Zoom. Our April virtual tour was well received so don't miss this chance to participate! Registration is required so that an email reminder and the Zoom link can be sent prior to May 11th.
KV #68 Invites you to
"Tee-Off for the KIDS"
Friday May 14th
12:30 - 5:30pm
Aston Oaks Golf Club

Learn all about participating, and sponsorship opportunities through the flyer. Click on image.

Bourbon Basket Raffle Also!
Tickets only $5 each or 6 for $20

Contact Bonnie at or (513)235-1122
Perfect Mother's Day Gift
Sterling Silver Kindervelt Logo Pendant

1" Diameter cast sterling charm with bezel, high polish finish
$50.00 includes tax

Most Credit Cards & PayPal accepted
Pendant will be mailed upon receipt of payment

To Order contact Libby Baker at or 859-739-1121
Deck of 52 Gift Card Raffle” 

Still time to get your raffle tickets for KV West Region's Deck of 52 gift card raffle! Gift cards will be valued from $10 to $50 and will include dining, shopping and services gift cards. Members from groups 8,16, 20, & 68 are currently selling chances.

1 ticket for $5
5 tickets are $20
Winner to be drawn May 3rd.
"Let's Roam" Gives Back
"Let's Roam" is partnering with Kindervelt 78 to donate 60% of your ticket price if you purchase through our link. Their team of explorers has carefully crafted exciting experiences in 400+ cities across the globe. With wanderers like you in mind, they created digitally guided Scavenger Hunts, Bar Hunts, Ghost Tours and more. Each adventure is designed to help you explore, laugh, discover, and connect.
Kindervelt Store!
Coming Soon
All items sold in the online store are either handmade or supplied by Kindervelt Groups. 

There will be something for everyone - and it all supports CCHMC!

Please pass this onto your friends!
KV #57 Foodie Decks
Now available online, mailed directly to you within 2 business days. They make great gifts
Saturday, July 17th
The Manor House, Mason, Ohio
Doors open at 11am
Tickets only $40 each
After June 17th, $45
KV #77 Annual Fashion Show
and Luncheon
Kindervelt #77's Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show is back! In addition to the luncheon and fashion show, there will be a great silent auction, Jewelry chance, basket raffle, split the pot, wine raffle and more! Online registration coming soon.

More info, contact Brenda at 513-226-6841 or
Save the Dates!
May 19th - Kindervelt's Annual Meeting
May 22nd - KV #76 Spring Auction
July 4th - KV #30's 4th of July Cookie Sale. Pre-order info to come.
September 13th - KV #3 50th Anniversary Tea
Understanding the Different Types of Mental Health Professionals
Kyle Caldwell, M.Ed., LPCC-S 
Since the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it would seem fitting to spend some time talking about the various types of mental health professionals, how they can help you, and how you can access them.  As I work in the emergency department one of the most common issues I see with regard to access to mental health care is that many parents simply do not know where to turn for help.  What does help look like?  Who do I call?  What are the differences between all of the different mental health professionals?  These are all valid questions and hurdles for parents to overcome when reaching out for help.  It’s not uncommon for this uncertainty to lead parents to bring their child to the emergency department.  Below, we will go through the various kinds of professionals and highlight their differences and jobs within the mental health system.
For starters, a basic distinction to make when seeking out help is whether you are looking for a provider to prescribe medication, or therapy.   If you are seeking someone to help with medication then you are looking for either a Psychiatrist, or a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  The former is a medical doctor who has completed medical school, and a psychiatric residency.   The latter is an advanced practice nurse who has completed a Master’s degree along with supervised clinical hours in the area of psychiatry. Both of which could potentially provide therapy, but are typically doing medication management. 
The other type of mental health provider is generally called a therapist.  This word “therapist” is really more of a generic title that refers to someone who provides psychotherapy.  There are actually four distinct professionals with different licensure types that you might call a “therapist.”  The first, and most commonly thought of, is a Clinical Psychologist.  This is someone who has completed a doctorate degree and has completed supervised clinical training.  A clinical psychologist is someone who can diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders by way of psychotherapy, and they are not to be confused with a psychiatrist.  Psychologists also have a specialty in administering psychological assessments.The other three types of therapists can be grouped together due to their similarities in level of education and clinical training requirements.  These are Clinical Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.  Though these types of therapists are distinct from one another in their training, they share similarities in that they each will have completed a Master’s level degree as well as supervised clinical training.  Each of these three have the ability to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, similar to that of a clinical psychologist.   

If you or your child are struggling with any concerns related to mental health, it is usually appropriate to first reach out to a therapist for an evaluation.  From there they can make recommendations if they feel a medication management provider could be helpful.  If you are unsure of who to call first, you can always start with your primary care physician.  They are usually able to help refer you to an appropriate therapist.  Another helpful resource in finding a therapist is  
Applause, Applause!
KV #3 The Kindervelt Hyde Park group will continue their successful monthly fundraiser, “First Thursday”. The ongoing project allows members to purchase delicious home made food and other items, with pick up on the first Thursday of each month. The project brought in $240 for the month of March.
KV #19’s “Bee Happy” Lunch at the Links 2nd virtual fundraiser finished up this past Sunday.  Although, this was virtual, the beautiful day matched our theme, and all was bright and fun!  Our Kindervelt family and friends joined us to make this another huge success.  Our fervent supporters helped us raise over $45,000!  Of that total, $27,000+ came from our generous sponsors and the rest came from the cash donations, silent auction, and raffles.
Congrats to the winners of the raffles and wine pull!
  • Booze Cart Raffle winner - Joan Graham
  • Luxury Raffle winner - Jennifer Graham
  • Wine Pull $100 Bottle Winners - Rita Armentrout and Denise Lynde
We also want to thank all our Kindervelt #19 members who worked so hard to bring this event to life.  All of them give their time and effort with organizing the event, make significant donations and some even contribute via their own small and large businesses.  
From the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you for your generous donations. We cannot wait to see what this will mean to CCHMC over the next four years.  You are all a part of something special.  
May 9th - Brenda Beardon #77
May 9th - Stevie Strauchen #30
May 14th - JoAnn Carlson #30
May 14th - Kristin Rose #22
May 27th - Ree Pebler #78
May 29th - Perri Schenker #22
KV #68 member Elaine Wilke received a new kidney at the end of December and has had a very difficult time with medicines and now is in the ICU with COVID and is on a ventilator. Any prayers for her and her family are greatly appreciated.
KV #30 would like to thank all their bakers and helpers who raised $926 from the Easter Cookie Sale. Kudos to ALL. Also, a special thank you to ALL OF YOU who ordered our cookies. Save the date and watch for our next 4th of July Cookie Sale. (Don’t forget our cookies are home made, all butter, sugar and no holds barred goodness. Just like grandma made!)

KV #56 would like to send a huge thank you to our long time volunteers: Terri Mitsch, Debbie Mitsch, and Nancy Bassarab who are all 40 year Members. Linda Lunceford is our 20 year member. Thank you ladies for your continued support and love for CCHMC. 

We want to thank our members who bake for and work our events. Triple Crown had a neighborhood tag sale and craft sale. Amazing that we still make a profit by donating our items, crafts, and goodies for a great cause.

Special Thank you to Libby Baker who is our giant jelly bean promoter. She delivers with a smile!

KV #68 would like to thank Sally Westendorf for opening up her deck to us for our April meeting. It was great to see our members In person after this long absence! It was very enjoyable.