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Published On 06/25/2012


Le Bonheur named a Best Children’s Hospital
Eight specialties recognized by U.S. News, Heart Institute among Top 10

Le Bonheur Children’s was named a “Best Children’s Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year. Released June 26, the rankings recognized Le Bonheur in eight specialties -- with Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute earning a Top 10 spot for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery. 

The U.S. News honor is a sign of excellence in pediatric medicine – a stamp of approval for safety, strong clinical outcomes and family-centered care.

“The U.S. News badge tells parents that they can count on us, because we’re recognized as providing expertise and excellence in all we do,” said Le Bonheur President Meri Armour.

Kink, Williams serve as Pedi-Flite, Transfer Center interim co-directors

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist Rudy Kink, MD, and Pediatric Surgeon and Trauma Service Medical Director Regan Williams, MD, are interim co-directors of Pedi-Flite and the Le Bonheur Transfer Center.

Jay Pershad, MD, who has served since 2011 as Pedi-Flite, Transfer Center and Telehealth medical director, left the position on May 31. Pershad has provided exceptional leadership throughout his tenure, and Le Bonheur appreciates his many efforts in supporting and driving excellence in these programs.

Kink is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and is board certified in pediatric emergency medicine. Williams is an assistant professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at UTHSC and serves as the medical director for Trauma Services at Le Bonheur. She is board certified in pediatric surgery. 

Kink and Williams may be reached through the Transfer Center at (901) 287-4408 or 1-888-899-9355.

Kelly earns Pediatric Orthopaedic Society award

Orthopedic Surgeon Derek Kelly, MD, was awarded the Special Effort and Excellence Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Kelly practices at Le Bonheur and Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and is a professor of orthopedic surgery for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

More than 1,100 attended this year’s Le Bon Appetit

More than 1,100 guests attended this year’s Le Bon Appetit on June 9. Hosted by Chef Kelly English at Crosstown Concourse, the event featured 42 local and national chefs and three mixoloigsts. Check out photos like the one above, with Le Bonheur President Meri Armour and Pediatric Cardiologist Alex Arevalo, MD, on Facebook at The event raised $400,000 for Le Bonheur.