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Published On 06/25/2012


Sudden cardiac death legislation requires Tennessee coaches, parents to be informed

Tennessee coaches are now required to complete sudden cardiac death education. This act is in effect as of Jan. 1, 2016. Le Bonheur Cardiologist Alex Arevalo, MD, was part of a committee that helped implement the new legislation. The new law requires coaches and parents of athletes younger than age 18 to be informed about the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. SCA causes about 2,000 deaths each year in those younger than age 25. Through the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, Tennessee parents are now required to sign an informational sheet before their child can participate in any school or community sport, and coaches must complete a training course each year.

Le Bonheur forms region’s first Pediatric Stroke Center

Le Bonheur Children’s recently formed a comprehensive Pediatric Stroke Center. The program is comprised of two components: acute management of pediatric stroke via 24-hour emergency department coverage and telemedicine; and a coordinated multidisciplinary clinic. Through the clinic, patients have access to specialists in neurology, hematology, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and nursing. To make an appointment, please call Le Bonheur Connect at 1-866-870-5570.

Join us at Le Bon Appetit, FedExFamilyHouse gala this spring

Le Bon Appetit is set for April 16, 2016, from 7-11 p.m. at the Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane. The bi-annual event hosted by Chef Kelly English and Le Bonheur Club brings together more than 30 chefs from across the country, including some of Memphis’s best chefs, for a unique culinary experience benefiting Le Bonheur. Visit to view this year’s chef line-up or to purchase tickets.

The annual FedExFamilyHouse Gala will be Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises, will join Carol & Mike Duffy as Honorary Chairs. The evening includes cocktails and a silent auction followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Music by Memphis Soul Revue and dancing will follow. Tables and individual tickets are available at or by calling 901-287-6308.

Le Bonheur welcomes geneticist, pathologist

Pediatric Geneticist Joel Mroczkowski, MD, PhD, recently joined Le Bonheur Children’s. Mroczkowski completed medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also received a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. He received fellowship training in medical/biochemical genetics at University of Pittsburgh. Mroczkowski will also serve as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Alex Ryder, MD, is Le Bonheur’s new director of Transfusion Services. He is also an assistant professor with UTHSC. Ryder holds a medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in transfusion medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is board certified in transfusion medicine/blood banking and clinical pathology.

Magnet site visit Feb. 1-3

Magnet appraisers will be on site at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Feb. 1-3. Their visit serves to validate, verify and amplify what Le Bonheur submitted in its Magnet application in August 2015. Le Bonheur hopes to become one of only 7.4 percent of hospitals that are Magnet designated.

Open House: Germantown pediatric emergency department, inpatient unit

Please join us for an Open House event March 3 from 10 a.m.-noon showcasing Le Bonheur’s new eight-bed pediatric Emergency Department and 12-bed pediatric inpatient unit at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. The new ED and unit are staffed with Le Bonheur nurses, physicians, therapists and child life specialists.


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