Little Rock, AR. (Aug. 3, 2010) - A veteran emergency nursing director with experience setting up trauma programs in the U.S. and the country of Qatar is joining Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) as it works to become a Level 1 trauma care center.
John Recicar, MBA, MHA, RN, began his position as trauma nursing director at ACH in July. He will lead the team developing plans for the hospital to achieve Level 1 designation in Arkansas' new trauma care system. Recicar has extensive experience in trauma and critical care nursing. He served as trauma program manager at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and trauma nurse coordinator in Doha, Qatar through the University of Pittsburgh.
"The pool of people qualified for a position like this is very small, and John has the start-up experience that we were looking for," said Katie Brandon, vice president of patient care services at ACH. "He will help us increase the number of children who survive and go on to lead happy, healthy lives after recovering from traumatic injuries."
Recicar is actively involved in the Society of Trauma Nurses as the international director at large, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Trauma Nurses. He holds a master of health administration and master of business administration in health care administration from the University of Phoenix. Recicar received his bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
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