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Specialty Programs Improve Care

Our hospitalists are involved in many aspects of improving healthcare for children. Our team is active in advocacy, improving communications between providers, research, and education.

Advocacy. Hospitalists work to empower patients and families by teaching them ways to stay healthy. Our programs include:

  • Safe Sleep for Infants. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Service helped Arkansas Children’s achieve Gold certification status from the national organization Cribs for Kids
  • Patient and Family Centered Care. We provide treatment in a way that involves patients and families, making them a key part of a child’s healthcare team.
  • Relationship Centered Communication. We strive to make sure our interactions with doctors, nurses, patients, and families are easy to understand and accurate. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Service section chief is a MASTER (Mastering Advanced Skills to Enhance Relationships) communications trainer at the University of Arkansas Medical System.

Patient Handoffs. It is critical to provide accurate information about a patient from one member of the health care team to another, such as when a new nurse begins a shift. This “patient handoff” is key to providing excellent patient care and safety. Our hospitalists created and use several programs to ensure high-quality handoffs, such as:

  • Preventing emergent escalation of care with the Watcher Program
  • Using I-PASS, a nationally recognized evidenced-based handoff method
  • Preventing bronchiolitis readmissions
  • Asthma Clinical Standard Workgroup
  • The patient safety officer at Arkansas Children’s is a hospitalist

Research. Our hospitalists are active on the research bench. Such work ensures that children have access to the most advanced care at Arkansas Children’s. Recent work includes:

  • Completion of a 2-year, nationally-mentored IPASS Handoff Project (2016)
  • Innovations in Education grant for Quality Improvement curriculum for residents (2016)

Education & Training

Our hospitalists serve as leaders in training future doctors and frequently are honored for their teaching. This includes:

  • Chairing multiple Faculty Mentoring Committees
  • Serving as Pediatric Honor Student Advisor
  • Serving as advisors for multiple junior student and pediatric residents

Teaching honors include:

  • 3 Teaching Scholars
  • 1 Gold Sash Award winner
  • 4 Red Sash winners
  • 2 Chairman’s Teaching Award finalists