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GrandRounds American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes CVICU at ACH with Award for Excellence LITTLE ROCK – The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has been recognized with a Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), distinguishing the unit’s exceptional patient care and healthy work environments. The CVICU, which provides comprehensive surgical and intensive care for Arkansas children with heart disease and defects, becomes the second unit at ACH to receive this national designation. The AACN recognized the ACH Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which cares for the state’s most critically ill and injured children, with a Silver-Level Beacon Award in 2018. They are the only intensive care units in the state to be awarded this honor. The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. The CVICU is a component of the Heart Center at ACH, with two cardiovascular operating rooms, two state-of-theart cardiac catheterization labs, heartlung bypass technology and outpatient services that include regional clinics. The Heart Center at ACH provides comprehensive congenital cardiac care for a lifetime, from fetal echo interpretation before a baby is born to full support for adults with congenital heart disease. The Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s CVICU signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. The CVICU at ACH earned its SilverLevel Award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: • Leadership Structures and Systems • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes • Outcome Measurement The other Beacon Award designations are gold and bronze. Gold-level awardees demonstrate an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for




continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. Recipients who earn a bronze-level award are beginning the journey to excellence, which includes developing systematic policies, processes and procedures; identifying opportunities for staff participation; and recognizing the need to develop cycles of evaluation and improvement.

NIH Awards $420,000 to ACRI, UAMS Researcher to Study Chlamydia, Potentially Inform Therapies & Vaccine Development LITTLE ROCK – Research to better understand chlamydia, potentially informing the development of a vaccine for the infection, is underway at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the project $420,000. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of NIH, is funding the work of Laxmi Yeruva, PhD, an investigator at ACRI and an associate professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine. She and her team will

use the two-year award to examine interactions between chlamydia and proteins released by cells during infection. They believe building a better understanding of how these Laxmi Yeruva, PhD proteins affect inflammation and tissue damage during infection can lead to novel therapies, possibly even helping vaccine development. Dr. Yeruva’s research has been supported, in part, by funds from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, the major research component of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000.

CHI St. Vincent Welcomes Geriatrician Dr. Meaghan Masini to Hot Springs Village Clinic HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Dr. Meaghan Masini has joined CHI St. Vincent Primary Care Clinic, located at the West Gate in Hot Springs Village. Dr. Masini specializes in geriatric medicine and help

Dr. Meaghan Masini

ensure residents of the Village continue to have access to the very best in care right in the community where they live. She is now seeing patients at the clinic located at 4417 Highway 7 North. Dr. Masini most recently served as a physician specialist at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, caring for adult and elderly patients. She was also a faculty teacher and lecturer at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Masini attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, where she also obtained her master’s of public health. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in geriatric medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Masini has board certifications in geriatrics and internal medicine. CHI St. Vincent’s network of clinics provide care for both adults and children, including wellness checks, preventative medicine, management of chronic conditions like diabetes and robust coordination with the state’s largest and most diverse network of heart specialists with the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute.

Dr. Randy Esters, North Arkansas College president, and Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) provost and chief strategy officer, sign an agreement Monday, Aug. 26, in Little Rock to allow Northark Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) graduates to transfer to an online program at UAMS to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS).

North Arkansas College, UAMS Sign New Online Transfer Agreement LITTLE ROCK - North Arkansas College in Harrison has signed an agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) that allows Northark Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) graduates to transfer to a corresponding online Bachelor of Science degree program through UAMS without leaving their hometowns. This is the first 2+2 partnership between the two institutions and the first MLT online bachelor degree option offered in the state. The 2+2 means students attend Northark for two years and then transfer to UAMS for two more years to earn the bachelors’ degree. In addition to providing an online degree that is convenient and accessible, both institutions desire to provide seamless transfers, thereby affording students the opportunity to earn a high-quality degree from both institutions in the most efficient manner possible. Signing the agreement at UAMS was Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., UAMS provost and chief strategy officer, and Dr. Randy Esters, president of North Arkansas College. Under the terms of the agreement, any student transferring from Northark to UAMS who has completed courses identified in the MLT 2+2 Degree Plan Checklist, completed required transfer procedures and gained admission to UAMS will receive full transfer credit for previously earned hours in his or her major field of study. The medical laboratory sciences program is in the UAMS College of Health Professions. Northark’s MLT program has experienced a 100% job placement rate for several years, with most students receiving job offers before graduation. This agreement will increase the number of skilled workers to meet the increasing demand. arkansasmedicalnews


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