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ACH Honors Arkansas First Lady, Local Physicians at Ruth Olive Beall & Betty A. Lowe, MD, Awards

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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 17, 2014) – Community leaders and physicians who have advanced pediatric health care shined Thursday evening at Arkansas Children's Hospital's (ACH) annual recognition ceremony, the Ruth Olive Beall and Betty A. Lowe, MD, Awards.

The eighth annual event honored the tireless effort and dedication of physicians who serve on staff, as well as of a community champion of pediatric health issues. The hospital also presented 49 physicians with milestone service awards for periods ranging from five to 30 years on staff.

Held at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, the awards ceremony recognized an intensive care specialist, a pediatrician, a birth defects researcher, a community pediatrician from north Arkansas and a local philanthropist.

  • Xiomara Garcia, MD, received the Ruth Olive Beall Award, which is presented to a physician who consistently displays commitment to the hospital's mission of improving children's health by providing integrated patient care, research, education and compassion. Dr. Garcia is a pediatric intensivist who works in the ACH Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, caring for children with the most critical heart conditions. She is also an associate professor in the department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.
  • Laura Sisterhen, MD, MPH, received the Drs. Joanna J. & Robert W. Seibert Award, bestowed upon a physician displaying outstanding teamwork. The honor is named for physicians who epitomized and promoted teamwork at ACH. Dr. Sisterhen is section chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at ACH and UAMS, where she also holds the position of associate professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine.
  • Charlotte Hobbs, MD, PhD, received the Dr. Robert H. Fiser, Jr. Research Achievement Award. The honor annually recognizes an Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) scientist who has distinguished himself or herself through extraordinary research that will have lasting impact on the health, development and well-being of children and their families. Hobbs serves as the Pamela D. Stephens Professor of Birth Defects and section chief of Birth Directs Research in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.
  • Perry Wilbur, MD, FAAP, was recognized as the Dr. Tom Ed Townsend Award recipient. The honor recognizes an Arkansas community physician who has provided excellence in health care and has been a consistent supporter of ACH. Dr. Wilbur is a pediatrician in Mountain Home.
  • Anne Hickman received the 2014 Betty A. Lowe, MD, Award, which is given annually 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. She has been a staunch supporter of Arkansas Children's Hospital for more than 45 years. She was one of the first presidents of the ACH Auxiliary and was a founding member of Circle of Friends. In 1975, Hickman was the first woman elected to the hospital's board of directors, and she served on that board until 1996. She has served on the ACH Foundation board since 1994.

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 Ms. Hickman 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, who died last year, was 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.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 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 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. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,865 students and 785 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or

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