Deshpande Named ACH Senior VP/Chief Quality Officer

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Oct. 19, 2010) –Arkansas Children’s Hospital has named Jayant (Jay) K. Deshpande, MD, MPH, to the new position of senior vice president/chief quality officer and associate medical director. Dr. Deshpande holds faculty appointments in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.

Previously, Deshpande served as pediatric anesthesiologist-in-chief and executive physician, Pediatric Quality and Safety at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and vice-chair for Pediatric Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology.
“As our new senior vice president/chief quality officer and associate medical director, Jay will help broaden and strengthen our quality efforts and overall quality program for patient care,” said ACH President and CEO Jonathan Bates, MD.

Deshpande brings to ACH a wealth of experience and knowledge in local and national health care regulation and policy, accrediting bodies and standards. In this new position, Deshpande is responsible for helping ACH and its medical staff gauge ACH’s current levels of quality and safety, and for leading changes to improve both to levels comparable to leading pediatric hospitals across the country.

Deshpande earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Boston University. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and earned a master’s of public health from Vanderbilt. He completed his pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis and an anesthesia residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, Deshpande is the immediate past-president of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the largest national organization of pediatric anesthesiologists.

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 health care 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 ranked No. 85 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

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 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six 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 and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 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 www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com

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