March 27, 2009

Children’s Hospital shines at national meet

Children’s Hospital shines at national meet

Nashville recently served as the host city for the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions' (NACHRI) Creating Connections conference.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt had a strong presence at the national conference, which was designed to enhance the professional development of health care professionals and support the work of children's hospitals by presenting cutting-edge information and ideas. The conference was held March 23-25 in the Renaissance Nashville and Nashville Convention Center.

On March 22, 50 conference attendees toured the Children's Hospital. In addition to the main floors, attendees toured Main Street, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Critical Care Unit.

Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer of Children's Hospital, gave the welcoming remarks.

Here is a listing of staff and faculty involvement:

• Kathryn Edwards, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, participated in the panel discussion, “Wide Spread Panic: Addressing Vaccine Safety and the Rise of Autism.” Also participating in the panel was Catherine Dundon, M.D., a community pediatrician and associate clinical professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital.

• Children's Hospital grant writer Kimberly Harrell participated in the panel discussion “Nuts and Bolts Tools for Grantseekers.”

• Tom Abramo, M.D., director of the Pediatric Emergency Department and Barb Shultz, R.N., manager of the Pediatric Emergency Department, led a group discussion titled “Children's Hospitals Communicate to Improve Statewide Disaster Preparedness.”

• The advocacy program at Children's Hospital was a finalist for the Impact Award, which recognizes excellence in marketing and public relations campaigns. Sharon Morris, marketing manager, and Mary Kate Mouser, director of Vanderbilt's Children's Health and Improvement program, authored the abstract, titled “Impact of Advocacy and its Value to a Children's Hospital,” which earned the nomination.

• Two photographs by News and Public Affairs' staff photographer Dana Johnson were selected to be displayed in NACHRI's 2009 photo exhibit, which launched at the conference.