A pediatric dermatologist at provider M Health Fairview, Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness, MD, FAAD, focuses on pediatrics with a special interest in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies, including hemangiomas, capillary malformations and complex vascular birthmarks. In addition to patient care at the clinic, Dr. Maguiness is active in teaching and engaged in research (clinical trials) in all aspects of pediatric dermatology. Recently, she coordinated with renowned fashion photographer Rick Guidotti for “supermodel treatment” for pediatric patients struggling with dermatological issues.
The Event: Super Models for a Day
As it turns out, young dermatology patients can be quite self-conscious—and it is no accident given how insensitive to outright mean children and young adults can act. From staring and bullying to teasing, they are big problems for pediatric patients struggling with skin disorders, reports Dr. Maguiness of M Health Fairview, reported KSTP in St. Paul, MN.
Along with the fashion posing among the high end photographs, the photographer, who has worked for magazines like GQ and Life, showcased his nonprofit called Positive Exposure, which exists to “promote authentic beauty.”
And that they did. Jax Lester, a six year old struggling with a rare skin condition called xeroderma pigmentosum (extreme sensitivity to light), posed as one of the models. He was surely special on this really cool day. In fact, Amanda Davis, Jax’s mom, noted, “I hope everyone who sees these photographs sees the beauty in these children that we as parents see in them.”
Portraits Hanging in the M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Now, fourteen of the Guidotti’s portraits are hanging at the M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Clinic. Importantly, his non-profit Positive Exposure has been exhibited in hospitals, businesses, and museums worldwide.
M Health Fairview
Formerly known as Fairview Health Services, this nonprofit integrated health system operates in the Minneapolis and St. Paul region in Minnesota. They offer health care across the full spectrum of health care services. They currently operate ten hospitals, including M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, 48 primary care clinics and numerous specialty clinics in the “Twin Cities” region.
They employ about 32,000 and include 2,400 affiliated providers. By 2010, Fairview Health Services was awarded as a top ten health care system in the United States. By 2017, they had merged with HealthEast Care System, serving St. Paul and the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities. By October 2019, Fairview Health Services officially changed its name to M Health Fairview—a partnership between Fairview, the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Physicians that started January 1, 2019. As of November 8, 2019, M Health Fairview has about 34,000 employees. They have 10 hospitals and about 60 clinics with multiple services offered.
Clinical Trials Fairview
M Fairview Health also conducts clinical trials and can hence be considered a provider and a clinical investigational center. Both the recently merged entities—Fairview and HealthEast Clinical Trials Services—are clinical trials management organizations conducting Phase II-IV outpatient clinical trials with emphasis on patient recruitment and accelerating the sponsor’s drug development timeline. They strive to match principal investigators and clinical trials in areas of mutual interest. They maintain an office to negotiate contracts, assure regulatory compliance, and expedite protocol implementation and completion.
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