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Le Bonheur remembers Whitehead
Beloved Memphis Pediatrician Peter Whitehead, MD, died Jan. 13 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 53. Whitehead practiced with Memphis Children’s Clinic since 2004 and was on staff at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
"He loved God, and he loved people. He told me recently when he was sick, 'You don't realize how much you love what you do until you can't do it anymore,'" said Memphis Pediatrician Harry Phillips, MD. "He loved taking care of babies and helping moms and dads raise their kids. He's an inspiration, and we want to carry on that legacy."
Originally from Tupelo, Miss., Whitehead practiced for 13 years in Roanoke, Va., before moving to Memphis. He is survived by his wife, Heather, and their three children: Caleb, Avery and Abbi. Memorials may be made to Project Starfish Haiti, 217 Hardwood Court, Hardy, Va., 24101.
Atherton joins nephrology team
Pediatric Nephrologist Jim Atherton, MD, MS, has joined Le Bonheur’s Nephrology team. Atherton completed residency and fellowship training at Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Atherton also received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis.
Le Bonheur hosts critical care support course
Le Bonheur will host the Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) Provider Course Feb. 20-21. The program is geared for physicians, hospitalists, advanced practice nurses, transport teams, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and other health care professionals involved in pediatric critical care and emergency medicine. This year’s course will be led by Dai Kimura, MD, FAAP, assistant professor for the University of Tennessee’s Department of Pediatric Critical Care. Guest faculty includes Rajat Praven Pareek, MBBS, of Michigan State University and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Registration is $400 for physicians and non-health care professionals and $300 for other health care professionals. Cost includes course materials, breakfasts, lunches and breaks. For more information, visit www.methodistmd.org or call (901) 516-8933.
Healthy Homes Partnership announced
The University of Memphis Institute for Health Law & Policy and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital launched a Healthy Homes Partnership in an event last week at the school of law. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell each proclaimed Jan. 15 this year as “Healthy Homes Day in Memphis.”
This partnership is intended to help eliminate environmental and safety hazards in housing; to promote collaboration among housing and legal services agencies and health care providers; and to advance best practices and strategies, including policy and regulatory changes to increase the availability of and access to healthy housing for all Memphis-area residents.
This preventative approach to health aims to result in future generations of children living in a community that puts their health first, leading to better living conditions and less strain on the Mid-South’s health care system.
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