Grand Rounds September

Lowe Steps Into Role As ACH Assistant Director Of Respiratory Care


LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) has named a 20-year veteran of Pediatric Respiratory Care as the new assistant director over that area. Gary R. Lowe, M.Ed, RRT-NPS, RPFT, recently assumed responsibilities as assistant director of Respiratory Care.

Lowe has been a part of the hospital's Respiratory Care team for more than 20 years, serving in capacities ranging from staff respiratory therapist to stat lab supervisor. In his new position, Lowe will oversee many of the department's business elements, from managing staffing to handling finances.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Lowe has a master's degree in adult education. He is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and the Arkansas Society of Respiratory Care.

UAMS Recognized By Arkansas Blue Cross And Blue Shield For Excellence In Treating Rare And Complex Cancers


LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named Arkansas' only Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. All cancer-related research and treatment at UAMS are conducted by the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated evidence in delivering quality medical care. The Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers were launched in March 2008 following the earlier launch of programs focused on cardiac care, bariatric surgery and transplants.

UAMS was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for six types of cancer: bladder cancer, brain cancer – primary, gastric cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and acute leukemia (inpatient, non-surgical). There are 85 Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers in the United States focusing on 13 cancers, which together account for about 15 percent of new cancer cases annually.

To receive the designation, UAMS met several criteria, including the treatment of a large number of patients with rare cancers, use of subspecialty trained health care teams, ongoing quality management and improvement programs, and commitment to using clinical data registries and participation in research studies.

The Blue Distinction program focuses on providing information to patients who have complex and rare cancers to help support them in their own health care decision making. The program was developed in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and with input from a panel of expert clinicians.

Construction is under way at the Cancer Institute that ultimately will double its capacity for research and treatment. In April 2007, Gov. Mike Beebe signed a bill allowing the state to provide up to $46 million in matching funds to build a 12-story expansion to the Cancer Institute, Arkansas' only academic cancer research and treatment facility. Gifts to the building or endowment given between January 1, 2007, and June 30, 2009, qualify for the matching funds. The expansion is expected to open in 2010.

Northwest Health System ED Leaders Receive Regional Awards


SPRINGDALE — Two of Northwest Health System's Emergency Medicine leaders recently received top annual regional honors from the Schumacher Group – an Emergency Medicine practice-management company.

Mark R. Rucker, M.D., FACEP, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, was named 2008 Medical Director of the Year for the Schumacher Group's Midwest Region (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee). He joined the Northwest Medical Center – Springdale Emergency Department medical staff in 1995 and has served as Medical Director of Emergency Services since 2000. He also serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the Springdale Fire Department and the EMS training program at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Dr. Rucker received his medical education from the University of Kansas. He then completed a Family Practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He is board-certified in Family Practice by the National Board of Medical Examiners and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Keith Veit, R.N., Director of Emergency Services for Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, was named 2008 Director of the Year for the Midwest Region. Veit, who has been with Northwest for about two years, is a graduate of the nursing program at Westark Community College (now the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith) and worked as a nurse/leader in the Emergency Department at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith for 14 years. He later served as Sparks Health System's Director of Quality & Risk Management. His total tenure at Sparks spanned 23 years. Before coming to Northwest in 2007, Veit served as Director of Emergency Services for Medical Center of McKinney in McKinney, Texas.

Williamson Joins Injury Prevention Center At Arkansas Children's Hospital As Assistant Director


LITTLE ROCK — Heather Williamson, OTR/L, MBA joins Arkansas Children's Hospital as the assistant director of the hospital's Injury Prevention Center (IPC). The goal of the IPC is to educate Arkansas families and children on injury prevention in all areas, but more specifically in the areas of car seat safety, ATV safety, teen driving, water safety and Safe Routes to School. The IPC is the only comprehensive injury prevention program of its kind in the state. Williamson will work under the direction of Mary Aitken, MD, MPH, medical director of the program.

Williamson earned her bachelor's of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida and her MBA from the University of South Florida. She comes to Arkansas Children's Hospital from United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay where she was associate director.

New Physician To Join St. Edward Mercy Home, Hospice & Palliative Care Team


FORT SMITH — Dr. Pamela Gaborni will join the St. Edward Mercy Home, Hospice & Palliative Care team August 1, 2008 as medical director. She will be instrumental in the continued growth of the clinical programs at St. Edward Mercy in her new role.

Dr. Gaborni completed her Family Medicine Residencies at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana and the University of the Philippines' Philippine General Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of the East Medical School, Quezon City, Philippines. As a recipient of the Australian Development Scholarship, she earned a master's degree in Palliative Care at Flinders University of South Australia in Adelaide. She completed her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care.

Dr. Gaborni belongs to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

New UAMS Genetics Division Looks To Future Of Customized Medical Treatments


LITTLE ROCK — A new Division of Genetics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) focuses education, patient care and research resources to realize the potential of genetic information for customized treatments and early detection of disease.

Nationally known, board-certified genetics expert G. Bradley Schaefer, M.D., has been appointed the inaugural director of the Division of Genetics in the UAMS College of Medicine. Schaefer comes to UAMS from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Joining Schaefer in the new division is Kent D. McKelvey, M.D., an assistant professor in the College of Medicine who has served as director of cancer genetics in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Schaefer said the division is continuing to recruit faculty and staff.

Schaefer also will serve as chief of genetics and metabolism in the College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. In addition, he will continue as medical director for the Department of Genetic Counseling in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions, a position he held as an adjunct professor while at UNMC.

At UNMC, Schaefer was the Omaha Scottish Rite, Masonic Professor of Child Health. He directed the Hattie B. Munroe Center for Human Genetics and served as associate director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation since1997 and as chief of the Human Genetics Section in the Department of Pediatrics at UNMC since1992.

McKelvey, a 1996 UAMS graduate, joined the UAMS faculty in 2003 as an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine.

Northwest Health System Welcoming New CEO


SPRINGDALE — W. Douglas "Doug" Arnold, a seasoned veteran of healthcare administration, has been appointed as the new CEO of Northwest Health System, effective Aug. 18. Arnold comes to Northwest from the 255-bed Midwest Regional Medical Center in the highly competitive Oklahoma City market, where he oversaw a significant turnaround.

Arnold has more than 33 years in healthcare, more than 20 years of which have been spent in senior management roles. He succeeds Gary Looper, who resigned in March to move closer to family in Texas. Dan McKay, who has served as the health system's Interim CEO, will return to his role as Vice President of Division II Operations of Northwest's parent company.

He is a member of the American College of Hospital Executives and the Medical Group Management Association and is involved in Rotary International and Gideons International.

UAMS Names Mattox To Direct Clinical Operations In Myeloma Institute


LITTLE ROCK — Sandra Mattox has joined the staff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as executive director for clinical operations in its Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy.

Mattox previously served as transplant quality coordinator at St. Judes Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She worked at UAMS from 1991 to 2000 at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in various positions, including nurse practitioner and clinical services manager. Prior to that, she worked as a staff nurse and nursing manager at UAMS affiliate Arkansas Children's Hospital.

She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from UAMS in 1991. In 1999, she earned a Master of Science in nursing from UAMS with an area of emphasis in nursing administration.

Maj. Gen. Granger Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus


Only one doctor could win the annual University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award, and this year he hails from TRICARE: Maj. Gen. Elder Granger. The award presentation will take place Aug. 22, 2008, at the university.

The deputy director for TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) has a long history of setting high standards and leadership in the medical arena.

Granger began his academic career at Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro. Graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and a minor in military science, this was the starting point of a career dedicated to medicine and service to the United States.

Granger's undergraduate alma mater also awarded him the honor of distinguished alumnus for 2008. That award was announced July 10.

Rachelle Sanders Named Executive Director Of UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation


LITTLE ROCK — Rachelle Sanders has been named executive director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).Her position includes oversight of all fundraising activities at the Cancer Institute, including programs benefiting the institute's 12-story expansion under construction. All donations up to $46 million to the building or endowment will be matched by the state of Arkansas thanks to a bill passed by the Arkansas Legislature in April 2007.

Sanders previously served as director of development for cancer initiatives at the Cancer Institute and director of institutional advancement at Cushing Academy in the Boston area. Sanders earned her bachelor's degree in communications from Boston University and her master's degree in public policy from Trinity College. She serves on the Ati' Day school board and on the education committee of the Temple B'Nai Israel Religious School in Little Rock.

St. Anthony's Medical Center Patient Room Renovations Wrap Up


MORRILTON — St. Anthony's Medical Center recently completed the four hundred thousand dollar renovation project to patient rooms.

St. Anthony's Medical Center was built in 1970 at its current location. Over its 38-year history at this location, St. Anthony's Medical Center has undergone several renovations including upgrades in the emergency department in 2005 when a new Triage area was constructed to assess patients according to the severity of their illness or injury. 2002 renovations to the obstetrics area of the hospital included birthing suites, attractive wood floors, and furniture similar to what might be found in a family home.

This latest round of renovations has included a complete transformation for all patient rooms, including the Intensive Care Unit.

Community donors have been especially instrumental in renovation efforts. In total, over $50,000 has been raised through the St. Anthony's Foundation and the Auxiliary.

CARTI Foundation Awards Jungmeyer Scholarships Valued at $2,500 Each to 19 Pediatric Cancer Survivors


Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe assisted CARTI representatives in presenting scholarships valued at $2,500 each to 19 pediatric cancer survivors from across the state at a special ceremony held June 25 at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion honoring recipients of the 11th annual CARTI Kids Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship Awards.

Presented annually to current or former CARTI pediatric cancer patients, the scholarships are named in honor of Dennis Jungmeyer, of North Little Rock. Jungmeyer is a CARTI Foundation Board Member and prostate cancer survivor.

Students receiving Jungmeyer Scholarships for 2008 are: Megan Aitchison, 20, of Greenbrier; Miranda Baird, 21, of Fayetteville; Morgan Butler, 21, of Hope; Zykeya Butler, 20, of Ruston, LA; Lauren Crook, 19, of Benton; Ben Dalton, 18, of Sherwood; Amelia Floriani, 19, of Malvern; Amy Garrett, 18, of Quitman; Alexander Giannavola, 20, of Little Rock; Ethan Helm, 24, of Mabelvale; Ryne Johnson, 18, of Maumelle; Adrian Landis, 19, of Fouke; Kevin Leon, 19, of Siloam Springs; Archie Lester, Jr., 19, of West Memphis; Eli Lindsey, 20, of Casscoe; Celso Medina, 25, of Fort Smith; Clayton Mitchell, 23, of Paragould; Patricia Morris, 22, of Berryville; and Jessica Odle, 25, of Little Rock.

Lauren Crook received the Pulaski County Automobile Dealers Association (PCADA) Fellowship Award as the incoming scholar with the highest grade point average. The PCADA Fellowship Award for the highest grade point average among returning scholars went to Adrian Landis.

Additional awards included: the Julius Tauchner Tenenbaum Fellowship Award was presented to Ethan Helm in recognition of an expressed career path as a physician or oncology professional; the Dick Lankford Memorial Fellowship Award was presented to Meagan Aitchison and the James Sanford Wilson Memorial Fellowship Award was presented to Archie Lester, Jr., both in recognition of an expressed career path in the field of radiology; the Sally Riggs Insalaco Memorial Fellowship Award was presented to Morgan Butler, the Angela and Robert Davis Fellowship Award was presented to Miranda Baird and the Gayla and Mike Thompson Fellowship Award was presented to Amelia Floriani, all three awards in recognition of an expressed career path as a medical or health-related profession.

This year's scholarship presentations marked the 11th anniversary of the Jungmeyer Scholarship Awards. First awarded in 1998 as the CARTI Kids Scholarships, the awards were renamed in 2000 in honor of Jungmeyer and his philanthropic efforts on behalf of CARTI pediatric cancer survivors.

First Lady Beebe assisted Jungmeyer in presenting awards to the scholarship recipients. Beebe currently serves as a director emeritus for the CARTI Foundation Board of Directors and is a founding member and past president of the CARTI/Searcy Auxiliary

UAMS' Ronda Henry-Tillman Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Examine Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Two Counties


LITTLE ROCK — The Cancer Control Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to provide colorectal cancer education and screenings in St. Francis and Mississippi counties.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities will fund the Colorectal Cancer Education and Screening Program, a community-based research program combining the efforts of the Cancer Institute's Cancer Control Program with that of local residents in the two rural Arkansas counties.

The funding will provide home test kits to be distributed to residents of St. Francis and Mississippi counties, along with cards reminding those who receive a kit to administer the test and submit the sample either to community physicians or participating providers. Educational materials also will be provided.

This funding will allow the Cancer Institute to collaborate with community physicians and health leaders to address the need identified by the members of the St. Francis and Mississippi County Cancer Councils.
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