March 24, 2006

Clauss takes on Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center duties

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Eric Clauss, R.N.

Clauss takes on Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center duties

Eric Clauss, R.N., has been named the coordinator for the Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center (CRPC).

Clauss, a certified emergency services provider and trainer, previously served as the charge nurse for the Emergency Department at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He will work to ensure that Children's Hospital continues to be designated as a comprehensive care center, which includes meeting requirements for equipment, education and facilities.

State legislation passed in 1997 requires all hospitals to designate their ability to care for pediatric patients and to meet criteria for that level of care.

Children's Hospital is the only CRPC in Middle Tennessee, and one of only four in the state.

As part of the CPRC designation, Clauss will help provide support for approximately 50 non-CRPC regional hospitals through education and transfer agreements. Those hospitals must transfer patients who require a comprehensive level of care to Children's Hospital.

“Eric's enthusiasm and experience working in the Pediatric Emergency Department will make him a tremendous asset in working with the other regional hospitals and children's hospitals,” said Amy Casseri, director of Communications and Community Relations at Children's Hospital. “He's truly a great fit.”

Clauss joined the adult Emergency Department at VUMC in 2003. He has served at Children's Hospital since last spring.

During his career, Clauss has worked as an instructor for medical services, as a nurse educator, in Emergency Medical Services and as a flight paramedic. He is certified as a cave and swift water rescuer, among many other certifications.