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Published On 06/25/2012


General Pediatrics recognized by TNAAP for quality improvement

UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists’ General Pediatrics team was recently recognized for its participation and completion of the first year of the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Initiative for Tennessee PHiiT – a statewide quality improvement program of the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team has focused on improving patient and family care by engaging in quality improvement around asthma care, flu vaccines, oral health and tobacco reduction interventions.

Orthopaedics receives grant to study femur fracture treatment in kids

The Le Bonheur/Campbell Clinic Pediatric Orthopaedics team was recently awarded a two-year $30,000 to study pediatric femur fractures. The research is based off a preliminary study at Le Bonheur examining adherence to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ femur fracture treatment guidelines, soon to be published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

Le Bonheur welcomes newest specialists

Mike Tankersley, MD, recently joined Le Bonheur’s Allergy/Immunology team. Tankersley completed fellowship training in adult and pediatric allergy/immunology at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He most recently worked in private practice and is a professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Pediatric Cardiologist Nithya Swaminathan, MD, joined Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute. She completed fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and will serve as an assistant professor at UTHSC.

Thompson to serve as Fetal Center manager

Jane Thompson, BSN, RNC-NIC, was recently named program manager for Le Bonheur’s Fetal Center. Thompson has been a nurse for 37 years and spent the majority of her career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit most recently as the patient care coordinator.

Le Bonheur remembers Fernandez

Neurosurgeon Julius Fernandez, MD, died Feb. 22 at the age of 44.  He is survived by his wife, Jody Wilson Fernandez, his children, Jack, Sophie, and Paige Fernandez; his parents, Evelyn and Julio Fernandez; one brother, Joss (Kristin) Fernandez, and one sister, Greisys Fernandez. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues at Semmes Murphey Clinic,  Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Fernandez asked that, in lieu of flowers,  memorial donations be made to Semmes-Murphey Foundation or Binghampton Development Corporation/The Art Garden.