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Arkansas Children’s Hospital Honors Physicians, Community Champion at Ruth Olive Beall & Betty A. Lowe, MD, Awards

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 19, 2012) - Community leaders who have advanced pediatric health care shined Thursday evening at Arkansas Children's Hospital's (ACH) signature recognition ceremony, the Ruth Olive Beall and Betty A. Lowe, MD, Awards.

The sixth annual event honored the tireless effort and dedication of physicians who serve on staff, as well as of community champions of pediatric health issues. The hospital presented 28 physicians with milestone service awards for periods ranging from five to 40 years on staff.

Held at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, the awards ceremony also recognized two pediatricians, a community physicians group and one proponent of children's health with the hospital's highest honors.

  • Jerry Jones, MD, FAAP, received the Ruth Olive Beall Award, which is presented to a physician who consistently displays the ACH Service and Behavioral Standards. Dr. Jones is the state's foremost medical expert on child abuse and maltreatment, as director of the Center for Children at Risk on the ACH campus. A physician on the ACH and UAMS campuses for more than 30 years, Dr. Jones helped establish many of the protocols used for evaluation and treatment of children who have been abused in Arkansas. He also holds the ACH Auxiliary Jerry G. Jones Endowed Chair in Child Maltreatment and is a professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine.
  • Mary Aitken, MD, MPH¸ received the Drs. Joanna J. & Robert W. Seibert Award, bestowed upon a physician, clinical service, section or unit displaying outstanding teamwork. The honor is named for physicians who epitomized and promoted teamwork at ACH.
    Dr. Aitken is section chief of the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. She also serves as director of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at ACH, which she helped establish. The IPC educates families in Arkansas on how to prevent incidents ranging from drownings and poisonings to teen car crashes. Dr. Aitken is a professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine.
  • Jim Pillow, MD, and the staff of the Pillow Clinic in Helena-West Helena received the
    Dr. Tom Ed Townsend Award. The honor recognizes Arkansas community physicians who have provided excellence in health care and have been consistent supporters of ACH. James, Gill and Ned Pillow are brothers who returned to their home community to practice medicine. Their clinic provides comprehensive evaluation for families and children in the area.
  • President and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Ray Hanley received the 2012 Betty A. Lowe, MD, Award, an honor given by the ACH Foundation to an individual who, through personal initiative, service and leadership, has made a significant contribution to the health and well-being of the children of Arkansas. Hanley has vast experience in both the public and private sectors of health care, including 16 years as director of Arkansas Medicaid and seven years as the client industry executive for State Health and Human Services Business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. He has served as chairman of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors for a total of five years and has also served as chairman of the Central Arkansas Sierra Club and as a member of the American Public Welfare Association Board of Directors.

The pediatricians received a statuesque crystal vase as a display of appreciation for the support and devotion they have shown ACH. The Betty A. Lowe, MD, Award recipient's name will be added to a plaque next to an original painting by renowned Little Rock artist Barry Thomas; the artwork hangs prominently in the hospital. The ACH Foundation also presented Hanley with a signed, limited edition print of the painting.

Ruth Olive Beall was the second superintendent of the Arkansas Children's Home and Hospital. Under her leadership, ACH weathered the storm of the depression, made record progress and expanded well beyond its original status. Betty Ann Lowe, MD, is an Arkansas pediatrician, past medical director of ACH and professor emeritus at UAMS. This program is named in honor of these women because they were visionaries for ACH. Find out more about Ruth Olive Beall and other important people who shaped the hospital at

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 28 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 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. For more information, visit

UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS' Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or

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