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Safe Kids records big numbers in 2014

Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, logged nearly 2,000 hours of service in 2014 among its members, according to Coalition Coordinator Rene Hopkins. As a result, more than 6,000 adults and children combined were provided valuable  safety tips and educational tools to help prevent childhood injuries, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14.

Hopkins shared the numbers at the annual Safe Kids Awards Luncheon on Jan. 30. Here are other 2014 achievements she highlighted:

  • 1,600 pedestrian reflectors were greater augusta trnsprntdistributed
  • 170 car seats were distributed, which included education on appropriate installation and usage
  • 93 infant sleep safety kits were given through Cribs for Kids classes
  • 84 bike helmets were distributed
  • 49 Safe Sitters were trained

These numbers are quite impressive, considering Hopkins is the sole staff member of CHOG’s Safe Kids coalition. “I couldn’t have had such a good year of prevention efforts without all of the instructors, volunteers, and members who help me put on these classes and events,” Hopkins said.

In addition, Angie Gifford was named the Safe Kids Greater Augusta Member of the Year for 2014.  Gifford, a full-time nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHOG, has been a member of Safe Kids for many years and is a certified Child Passenger Safety technician and Cribs for Kids instructor.

“When we launched our Car Seat Class, Angie was one of the first to sign on as an instructor,” said Hopkins. “Then when we launched our sleep safety class, she was among the first to sign on to teach that class as well. Over the years she has helped to develop training programs and hospital policies for angle tolerance testing of low birth weight and premature infants to assure their safety in the car.  Hopkins said that Gifford even comes in on her days off to be sure that a premature child is properly fitted in a car seat before the parents take the baby home. “That’s how much she cares.”

Safe Kids needs more instructors and donations to provide training in the community. To find out more about Safe Kids, contact Hopkins at 706-721-7606 or ihopkins@gru.edu, or visit grhealth.org/safekids.



GRRI awards nomination deadline extended

The deadline for The Georgia Regents Research Institute (GRRI) awards has been extended to March 28.

The GRRI awards celebrate some of the outstanding achievements of our faculty through nominated awards. Each award requires two letters of nomination addressing the eligibility criteria particular to that award. A complete hard-copy application should be sent to Dr. Mark Hamrick, CJ-3302. Nominations are due on or before March 28.

These awards include the:

2014 GRRI Emerging Scientist Award,

2014 GRRI Lifetime Achievement Award,

2014 GRRI Distinguished Research Award, and the

2014 GRRI Mahesh Award

The guidelines and nomination forms are available at gru.edu/research-admin/spa/forms.php

GRRI Lifetime Achievement Award


GRRI Distinguished Research Award


GRRI Emerging Scientist Award


GRRI Mahesh Award


The award ceremony is scheduled for May 1, 2014.

Please contact Dora Walden (dwalden@gru.edu) at 706-721-6900 if you have any questions regarding the nomination process.

Faculty, resident honored at March 6 MCG Faculty Senate event

Dr. T. Andrew Albritton, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, is the college’s 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient.
Albritton, whose primary focus has been medical education during his 24-year career at MCG, is Program Director of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine Course and is Vice Chairman of the Clinical Oversight Committee. He was named Associate Dean for Curriculum in 2000 and Senior Associate Dean in 2013. He has served as a faculty advisor for junior medical students since 1991, a member of the MCG Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee for nearly 20 years and as a member of MCG’s Internship Advisory Committee since 1993.

He received the American Medical Student Association Gold Apple Award in 2006-07; the American College of Physicians Laureate Award in 2012; and was elected an American College of Physicians Master in 2013.

In nominating Albritton for the award, a colleague noted that few individuals have served MCG as extensively and that his most important impact has been his service to and support of medical students and residents.

Dr. William B. Strong. Emeritus Leon Henri Charbonnier Professor of Pediatrics, Section Chief Emeritus of Pediatric Cardiology, and founding Director of the Georgia Prevention Center, received the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Strong served as Director of GRU’s Institute of Public and Preventive Health and is currently Senior Advisor to the institute’s Director.
Other distinguished Faculty Awards presented during the March 6 MCG Faculty Senate meeting went to:

• Dr. Carol A. Nichols, Associate Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Basic Science Teaching
• Dr.Yulia Melenevsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Clinical Science Teaching
• Dr. Kebin Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Basic Science Research
• Dr. Lawrence D. Layman, Chief of the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics and Robert B. Greenblatt Endowed Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Science Research
• Dr. Gyanendra K. Sharma, Professor, Department of Medicine, Patient Care Award
• Dr. Kathryn S. McLeod, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Patient Care Award.

Dr. John C.H. Steele Jr., Chief of the Section of Clinical Pathology and Walter L. Shepeard Professor of Clinical Pathology in the Department of Pathology, received the Institutional Service Award.

Dr. Ryan A. Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, received the Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award, and Dr. Theodore S. Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, received the Outstanding Young Clinical Science Faculty Award.

The Department of Pediatrics, led by Dr. Bernard L. Maria, received the Outstanding Clinical Science Teaching Award from the Class of 2014, and the Department of Pathology, led by Dr. Amyn M. Rojiani, received the Outstanding Basic Science Teaching Award from the Class of 2015.

Dr. T. Ryan Gallaher, who completed his internal medicine residency at MCG and the GR Health System this past summer and started an infectious disease fellowship at MCG/GR Health System, is Resident of the Year. Dr. Gallaher was the Department of Medicine’s 2013 Resident of the Year.
Educator of the Year Awards from MCG students were presented to:
• Dr. Christopher W. Edwards, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Class of 2014
• Dr. Stephen K. Lucas, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Class of 2014 at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership campus
• Dr. John F. Fisher, Professor, Department of Medicine, Class of 2016
• Dr. John C. Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology Class of 2015
• Dr. Van Morris, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Class of 2015 at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership campus
• Dr. Brian P. Higgins, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Class of 2016 at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership campus.
• Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy, Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Class of 2017
• Dr. Clive A. Slaughter, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Class of 2017 at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.

Grhealth.org wins recognition for cardio website

Heart and Cardiovascular Services siteGeorgia Regents Heart & Cardiovascular Services won an Award of Distinction for Best Site Design from eHealthcare Leadership Awards. The websites were judged based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compare with others in their organization’s classification.

Congratulations to Cathleen Caldwell, Marketing Director, and Cecelia Thomas, Web Manager, Office of Communications and Marketing, and AVID Design, GRHealth Web development firm, for a job well done.

Nurse manager receives GNA innovation practice award

Sarah Cartwright (2)AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sarah Cartwright, a Nurse Manager in Perioperative Services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, has received the 2013 Innovations in Nursing Practice Award from the Georgia Nurses Association for her redesign of the local GNA chapter website and her work with other chapters to make their sites more resourceful for members.

Cartwright has a been a nurse leader since she joined Georgia Regents Health System in 2001, serving as a senior staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, and on special projects. She received an A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College, in Watertown, NY, and a B.A. degree in Management from American Public University in Manassas, Va. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nursing degree in Public Health.

Cartwright also has been recognized with GNA’s CSRA Spirit of Nursing Award in 2004 and 2012 and has been a CSRA Nurse of the Year nominee for six of the past 10 years. She was named the PeriAnesthesia Nurse of the Year by the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses in 2008.

In addition to GNA and GAPAN, she is a member of the American Society for PeriAnesthesia Nurses, the American Nurses Association, and the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement.

Kanto receives Denmark award for lifetime achievement in pediatrics

Kanto, WilliamAUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. William P. Kanto Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Georgia Regents Medical Center, has received the 2013 Leila Denmark Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Kanto has distinguished himself over the span of his career as a dedicated and skilled clinician, teacher, administrator, and leader in the field of pediatrics and neonatology in Georgia,” said Dr. Robert Wiskind, AAP Georgia Chapter President. “In fact,  there probably hasn’t been a major policy change that improved infant and child health in our state in the last 20 years that he has not been involved in, or many times, was a key leader in those efforts.”

The award is named for Dr. Leila D. Denmark, one of Georgia’s first female physicians whose pioneering work in medicine and pediatrics spanned seven decades. Denmark, who died in 2012 at the age of 114, was an alumnus of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, where Kanto became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1974.

For almost 17 years Kanto chaired the Department of Pediatrics and served as Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. He was Chief of the Section of Neonatology for more than a decade and led the charge when the hospital pioneered extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, which enables the heart and lungs of critically ill infants and children to rest and recover.  An outspoken children’s health advocate, Kanto researches childhood obesity and asthma, and in 1998, he received the AAP Georgia Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award.

His professional memberships include the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, and National Perinatal Association. Kanto is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Diseases of Children, Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Annals, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Kanto also received the Patricia K. Sodomka Leadership Award for Patient- and Family-Centered Care during the health system’s seventh annual PFCC Conference on Oct. 9-10. That award recognizes an individual in the Georgia Regents enterprise who demonstrates leadership excellence in PFCC. Hospitals that practice PFCC have shown improvements in quality and safety.

Knowles named Pharmacist of the Year by Georgia society

PatriciaKnowlesAUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents Health System Pharmacist Patricia Knowles, has been named Pharmacist of the Year by the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a professional society of pharmacists practicing in organized health care settings.

Knowles, who joined GRHealth in 1984, has held progressively responsible positions, including operating room pharmacy supervisor, pediatric pharmacist and outpatient services pharmacist. She is currently a clinical pharmacist in the Central Pharmacy at Georgia Regents Medical Center, a geriatric consultant pharmacist for the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, and a Preceptor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

She earned a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from UGA’s College of Pharmacy in Athens.

Knowles also has been recognized by the GHSP in 2003 with the Outstanding District Director Award, in 2005 with the Community Service Award, and in 2007 with the Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year Award. She is also a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the UGA College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, the Augusta Area Pharmaceutical Association, and the Georgia Public Health Association.

Radio stations take top honors for supporting children’s hospital

(Left to right) Ivy Elam, Market President for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Augusta, and Jodi Carson and Sam North of the syndicated Murphy, Sam and Jodi morning show accept awards from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on behalf of WBBQ 104.3 and KISS 96.3 FM for their fundraising efforts for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia through the annual Cares for Kids Radiothon.

Augusta, Ga. – Clear Channel radio stations WBBQ 104.3 and KISS 96.3 FM were named co-winners of the Radio Station of the Year award from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization during the charity’s 30th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 9-11. Since 2001, the stations have raised more than $2.8 million for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia through the annual Cares for Kids Radiothon, a CMN Hospital fundraiser.

“We are honored to be recognized with the Radio Station of the Year award,” said Ivy Elam, Market President for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Augusta. “This award is a testament of the generosity of Augusta residents.  Our listeners don’t sit on the sidelines; they take action to support the critical mission of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and many other charitable initiatives.  We are proud to connect our giving audience to the incredibly talented and dedicated individuals providing critical care to local children.”

In addition, Jodi Carson (Koontz) of the syndicated show “Murphy, Sam and Jodi In the Morning,” was named Radio Personality of the Year.  Although they’re based in Baton Rouge, La., the trio travels to Augusta each December to host the Radiothon.

“The Children’s Miracle Network has changed my life through Radiothon,” said Carson. “It has taught me what’s truly important in our work; and, mainly, what’s not.  In my opinion, CMN is THE most important children’s charity in our country.  Because I hold this group in such high regard, I am truly honored to have been recognized by them.  I hope to continue for many years telling these stories of how we can all make things better for children.”

The 13th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon will broadcast live from the Children’s Hospital of Georgia lobby from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Pledges can be made by calling 706-922-KIDS (5437) or toll-free at 1-866-412-KIDS (5437) or by going online at www.caresforkidsradiothon.com. Last year’s Radiothon generated more than $230,000 for CHOG.

About Children’s Hospital of Georgia
The 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc., a leading global media and entertainment company. Learn more at ClearChannel.com.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.

Hopkins named Georgia’s Safe Kids Coordinator of the Year

Safe Kids Worldwide CEO Kate Carr (left) presents the Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator of the Year award to Rene Hopkins, Coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – If there’s one message Rene Hopkins wants you to remember, it’s this one: “The greatest gift you can give a child is a safe environment.” Hopkins, Coordinator for Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, has been named the Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator of the Year for 2013 by Safe Kids Georgia.

“Rene has passion and commitment for children and their safety, and it shows in everything she does,” said Kimberly D. Basso, Director of Pediatric Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. “Under Rene’s direction, the coalition has developed several effective programs aimed at reducing childhood injuries in the Augusta area. She is truly deserving of this award.”

Though she only has an annual operating budget of about $13,000, Hopkins is able to distribute more than $60,000 in child safety products to the community each year because of her ability to secure grants, donations, and community partnerships.

A registered nurse educator, Hopkins is responsible for establishing and maintaining childhood injury prevention programs through grant writing, research and data collection, community partnerships, education, legislation advocacy, and distribution of safety equipment. She coordinates more than a dozen monthly Safe Kids programs to educate parents and caregivers, including Safe Sitter, Car Seat Classes, Youth Firesetters Prevention Intervention, and Cribs for Kids.

In addition, Hopkins provides Child Passenger Safety Certification training for local law enforcement personnel, teaches early childhood development at local colleges, and organizes the annual Babypalooza baby safety expo.

Hopkins has been CHOG’s Safe Kids Coordinator since 2001. Previous positions include assistant pediatric nurse manager, pediatric transport nurse, and pediatric intensive care nurse.

She has been widely published in local, regional, and national media on child safety topics and is a frequent conference speaker and presenter. Hopkins is the recipient of several other awards and recognition, including the 1997 Medical College of Georgia Dedication to Excellence award, the 1998 Georgia Nurses Association Spirit and Commitment Award, and the 2010 Georgia Poison Prevention Award.

Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Greater Augusta is a member of the Safe Kids USA and Safe Kids Georgia network. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706-721-7606, or visit grhealth.org/safekids.