Monday, December 06, 2010
The care of young patients remains the highest priority at Ranken Jordan – A Pediatric Specialty Hospital and the addition of Suzanne L'Ecuyer, M.D., to the hospital's medical staff underscores that commitment. Her expertise in pediatric and adolescent psychiatric rehabilitation means many children and their families will receive comprehensive care that emphasizes long-term solutions.
"Our young patients are always our main concern and the medical staff addition of Dr. L'Ecuyer will allow us to serve patients and their families better than ever. Suzannes training, experience and knowledge in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry are only exceeded by her dedication and passion for young people," said Dr. Nick Holekamp, chief medical officer of Ranken Jordan. "We are delighted to have Dr. L'Ecuyer. With Suzanne's arrival, the medically complex children and teenagers in our community and the Midwest region will receive the highest level of specialized psychiatric care possible.
Dr. L'Ecuyer's special training in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry will benefit not only the young inpatients of Ranken Jordan, but outpatients still under the care of Dr. Amy Zimmermann and Dr. Eugene Evra, the physiatry team at Ranken Jordan. Dr. L'Ecuyer recognizes the importance of psychiatric help for medically complex children. She hopes the community understands and supports her role in treating the whole child, an important part of the Care Beyond the Bedside philosophy at Ranken Jordan.
In her final years in medical school, Dr. L'Ecuyer gravitated toward pediatric and adolescent care. "As I completed my clinical rotations, I found that I most enjoyed working with children and that I was good at helping them with their anxiety," L'Ecuyer said. "I also became more aware in medical school how much psychic distress influences how and when patients seek help and how important it is to address psychic distress to get satisfactory wellness outcomes."
L'Ecuyer believes that Ranken Jordan is unique in its scope of practice and mission. "Traditional hospitals admit critically ill patients and discharge them when they are less critically ill. At Ranken Jordan patients are admitted when they are no longer critically ill, but not quite well either," said L'Ecuyer. "At our pediatric specialty hospital, kids are on a journey of healing with a goal of wellness and function. We work with a wide variety of medically complex children: kids with new spinal cord injuries; infants with multiple admissions for failure to thrive; children and adolescents recovering from burns or multiple orthopedic surgeries," L'Ecuyer said. "I really enjoy working closely with the multidisciplinary medical staff to craft meaningful treatment approaches for these complex kids. The mission and values of Ranken Jordan allow me to truly provide the best of my training to help kids and their families. I can work with parents because Ranken Jordan recognizes that stressed-out parents often create stressed-out kids. Most of my efforts, actually, don’t involve medication. My work could only happen in a hospital that is truly non-profit with a tradition to 'consider the children first in all that you do', as Mary Ranken Jordan would say," L'Ecuyer explained.
A resident of Wildwood, Dr. L'Ecuyer is board certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She earned her medical degree in 1997 from the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine. L’Ecuyer completed her adult psychiatry residency at Yale University in 2000. She also completed her child psychiatry fellowship at Yale in 2002. L'Ecuyer worked most recently at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St.Louis. Suzanne and her husband Brian have a six-year-old daughter, Meredith.
About Ranken Jordan
Ranken Jordan – A Pediatric Specialty Hospital is one of a handful of hospitals in the country that provide rehabilitation and sub-acute medical treatment for children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. For children with complex medical issues, such as brain injuries or complications due to premature birth, Ranken Jordan helps bridge the gap between traditional hospital treatment and going home. Ranken Jordan offers care through a 34-bed inpatient program and several outpatient programs, including outpatient therapy, intensive day treatment and a comprehensive orthopedic/rehabilitation clinic. Read more about Ranken Jordan