May 31, 2002

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Hannah Asbell, a recent graduate from Kristi Krauss' third-grade class at Eakin Elementary School, cross-stiches a burp cloth. The cloths were a class project, and delivered to patients in the NICU last week. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Broadhurst receives national award

Cynthia Broadhurst has been selected to receive the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) Award for Excellence in the Practice of Management. The award recognizes an outstanding dietitian who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in this specific area of practice.

The award will be presented during the Food and Nutrition Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

CMN telethon set for this weekend

Video crews, anchors and reporters from WTVF-NewsChannel 5 will be at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital June 1-2 to broadcast portions of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.

The annual telethon, which raises funds for VCH, will air from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

Among areas of VCH to be highlighted: LifeFlight, Oncology, Liver Transplantation, Child Life, Child Life School Program, the Junior League Home, and the Adolescent Unit.

Call the VCH Development Office at 322-7450 for more information.

Open house set to recruit nurses

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is holding an open house to recruit registered nurses on Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

Participants can tour the general care units, meet the staff and physicians, and discuss employment opportunities with managers. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

According to health care analysts, by 2020 1.7 million nurses will be needed in the United States, but only 635,000 will be available. In his study, Peter Buerhaus points out that high school females in the 90s were 35 percent less likely to become RNs compared to women who graduated in the 70s.

For more information, contact the Medical Center Recruitment Services office at 322-2116.

VCH instrumental in state receiving national award

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital staff members were instrumental in Tennessee’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) award presented recently at a conference in Dallas.

Tennessee and Florida received the EMSC National Hero Award for State Achievement, which is given to programs with a minimum of four years of EMSC funding. The state must have successfully created a dynamic and creative EMSC team that addresses a wide range of EMSC-related issues. The state must have also established collaborative relationships with other organizations and agencies in the state, had a significant statewide impact, and been a major regional influence on the advancement of pediatric emergency care.

Dr. Jay Deshpande, professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, and Rhonda Phillipi, RN, assistant in Pediatrics, served as principal investigators. Other VCH staff involved include: Debbie Arnow, RN; Dr. Rick Barr, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology; Dr. Andrea Bracikowski, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, assistant professor of Pediatrics; Pat Chenger, RN, adjunct instructor in Nursing; Dr. Kevin Churchwell, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology; Fran Doehring, RN, assistant hospital director; Dr. Tim Givens, associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics; JoAnne Hammerly; Sandy Jones, RN; Dr. Laurie Lawrence, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine; Donna Mason, RN; Linda Passini, RN; Dr. Neal Patel, assistant professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Informatics; Holly Lu Conant Rees; Tonda Rice; Dr. Gary Schwartz, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics; Dr. V. Shankar, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology; Dr. Arnold Strauss, James C. Overall Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the department; Dr. Mary B. Taylor, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology; and Dr. Steven White, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine.

The EMSC program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and is designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury.