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Haralson Named Director of Clinical Engineering at ACH

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Aug. 27, 2010) - Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) has named Kevin Haralson as director of Clinical Engineering for the state's only pediatric medical center.

Haralson, of Cabot, has worked as a clinical engineer at ACH for nine years, repairing biomedical equipment and managing a wide scope of system projects. He also has extensive experience in regulatory compliance and quality measurement.

One of only 114 clinical engineers in the nation to hold dual certification from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Haralson has also worked in Clinical Engineering at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He is a certified biomedical equipment technician and a certified laboratory equipment specialist.

"Whether repairing complicated dialysis machines or managing a database of the many thousands of pieces of equipment used to help patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital, Kevin's expertise is invaluable," said Cindy Holland, vice president of Clinical Services at ACH. "We're happy we found the right candidate, and that he was already familiar with what it takes to keep this hospital operating."

Haralson is a graduate of the UAMS Biomedical Instrumentation Technology program. He also trained in biomedical equipment repair with the United States Army. Haralson began his duties as director of Clinical Engineering earlier this month.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,200 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH, recently named for the third time as one of U.S. News & World Report's best pediatric hospitals, also has ranked twice on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®, most recently at No. 85. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

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