Mesa County collaboration working on standard approach to non-accidental trauma

Photo: Three members of Mesa County’s Non-Accidental Trauma collaboration. From left, Mesa County’s Jacque Berry, pediatrician Dr. Patrice Whistler and pediatrician Dr. Mary Willy. Not pictured are pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mary Beth Deering and Dr. Andrew Sirotnic of Children's Hospital Colorado.

Jacque Berry, child abuse hotline supervisor for the Mesa County Department of Human Services, recently began a collaboration with three local doctors (two pediatricians and an orthopedic doctor), and Dr. Andrew Sirotnic from the Child Protection Team at Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver. This team has come up with standard protocols and processes when dealing with non-accidental trauma in Mesa County.  This group of professionals present issues related to non-accidental trauma to local hospitals, doctor's offices and law enforcement throughout Mesa County. 
 
“This collaborative will continue the work to ensure there is a standard approach that is uniform in Mesa County on how to handle non-accidental trauma in children. Supervisor Berry has been instrumental in the important work this collaborative is doing within the community,” Joe Kellerby, Mesa County child welfare manager, said.

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