Le Bonheur Children’s recently opened a 21-bed pediatric inpatient unit inside Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. This collaboration with West Tennessee Healthcare will improve the health status of West Tennessee children by enhancing access to expert, specialized care close to home.
Anthony Sheyn, MD, has been named division chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Sheyn is also an associate professor in the UTHSC Department of Otolaryngology and chief of Otolaryngology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Le Bonheur Radiologist Hasmukh Prajapati, MD, DNB, was recently named to the editorial board of the Global Journal of Medical Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Update. The editorial board provides guidance and focus for the journal gathering medical experts from various fields.
Le Bonheur Radiologist Vijetha Maller, MD, was appointed co-editor and co-chair of the recently published American College of Radiology (ACR) Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI) pediatric module. Maller is also assistant professor of Radiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Le Bonheur Psychiatrist Andres Ramos, MD, was named to the Memphis Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” Class of 2022. This recognition honors individuals making a difference in their careers at Memphis organizations. Since the fall of 2020, Ramos has served as psychiatric consultant and liaison for Shelby County Schools, helping county leaders navigate the pandemic and the serious effects that at-risk children faced.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute recently earned reaccreditation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This is the highest level awarded to epilepsy centers and one of only a few Level 4 centers in the United States.
Bindiya Bagga, MD, has been named program director of the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She previously served as associate program director of the Pediatric Residency Program for seven years, contributing to numerous areas of the residency including an enhanced focus on resident wellness and mentoring. Bagga also serves as co-medical director of Le Bonheur’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and as southeast region chair of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. Bagga is a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Le Bonheur and a professor at UTHSC.
Mark Bugnitz, MD, was recently named assistant dean for program improvement in the Office of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Bugnitz previously served as program director of the Pediatric Residency at UTHSC for 21 years, where he oversaw tremendous growth and the evolution of the residency curriculum and recruitment. Bugnitz is a critical care specialist at Le Bonheur and a professor at UTHSC.
Le Bonheur Sleep Disorders Center recently received reaccreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM is the gold standard through which the medical community and public evaluate sleep medicine providers and facilities, given its focus on high quality, patient-centered care through adherence to rigorous, evidence-based clinical and quality standards.
Jon McCullers, MD, Le Bonheur pediatrician and University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) chair of the Department of Pediatrics, received the 2022 Change Makers award from Leadership Memphis. Leadership Memphis considers Change Makers to be rare and unique forces of positive change whose work has enhanced the community, uplifted others and made Memphis a better place.
Le Bonheur celebrated the completion of the first phase of a $95.4-million addition with a ribbon cutting on the ninth floor of the hospital. Twelve beds on the ninth floor were converted to critical care beds to ease capacity needs during the next phases of construction. The ninth floor will be the temporary home for the Heart Institute, while work on the larger four-story addition to the hospital continues. The expansion will create a 31-bed dedicated Cardiovascular Unit and a new MRI-guided catheterization lab.
Michael Wiggins, DBA, FACHE, Le Bonheur president, was named to Memphis Business Journal’s (MBJ) Power 100 for 2022. Each year MBJ names 100 individuals as the city’s most influential and powerful leaders in the Memphis area.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) named UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists (ULPS) as one of 20 winners of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge, a nationwide competition to increase pediatric vaccination rates and well-child visits. To address the steep decline in well-child visits, in partnership with Legacy of Legends Community Development Corporation (LLCDC), Le Bonheur has held a series of community pop-up clinics at a neighborhood church for the past two summers. This grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allows this important work to continue and meet families where they are with quality, convenient care.
Le Bonheur Pediatric Surgeon Tim Jancelewicz, MD, was named to the CDH International Medical Advisory Board. CDH International is a global initiative founded to stop congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and help support and educate parents whose children have been diagnosed with CDH.
Le Bonheur Children’s and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) recently joined the Genomic Information Commons (GIC), a continuously updated and searchable genomic data commons. As part of this partnership, Le Bonheur and UTHSC will provide deidentified genomics and clinical data to the collaborative members and will be able to query other partner institutions for data and sample contributions. The GIC was founded by leaders at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University at St. Louis and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Le Bonheur’s Radiology department was recently reaccredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) earning the gold seal of accreditation. This represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety and is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice parameters and technical standards. The radiology department also holds ACR accreditation in nuclear medicine, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council recently recognized the Fetal Center at Le Bonheur as an Accredited Ultrasound Practice. The Fetal Center was recognized in the areas of adjunct detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound and obstetric — first, second and third trimester.
Lawson’s Legacy, the Le Bonheur chapter of Project ADAM, aims to prevent death due to sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens. Recently, Collierville High School was the first school designated as “Heart Safe” by Project ADAM: Lawson’s Legacy. Le Bonheur Cardiologists Karine Guerrier, DO, MPH, and Jennifer Kramer, MD, serve as co-medical directors of the program.
Le Bonheur East Surgery Center was named a Leapfrog Top Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in 2021, one of only 13 selected nationally for the competitive award. This is the inaugural year of Leapfrog’s Top ASC award which honors top performers in quality and safety, as verified by the Leapfrog ASC Survey.
Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute was recently redesignated as a Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. The Heart Institute received this recognition for consistently providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management for children with cardiomyopathy. Centers are recognized based on meeting CCF’s criteria of managing a high volume of cardiomyopathy patients, offering a variety of pediatric services, specializing in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children and affiliation with an academic research institution.
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