Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2013
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation recently awarded a $208,000 grant to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to help pay for training a “Kiwanis Doctor” who will treat pediatric patients in medical emergencies.
The Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is an innovative program that provides training of a doctor who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine over a two-year period. The doctor, in turn, offers instruction in pediatric emergency medicine to remote areas throughout the three-state region within the Kiwanis District.
“Since Kiwanis first started in 1915, children have been the focus of Kiwanis Clubs. The Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine grant helps to ensure that children in the emergency room are receiving the best possible care from a specialist trained in pediatric emergency medicine,” says Pete Horton, executive director of the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation.
“The other focus of this grant is the training which the ‘Kiwanis Doctor’ and other Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital staff members provide to medical personnel throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii. The Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine grant is one of the more significant ways in which the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation and the Kiwanis members in our three states are building better futures for our children.”
Zareh Sarrafian, administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, says the Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship aligns naturally with the goals of Children’s Hospital.
“This generous grant from Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation allows us to further our goal of providing world-class resources and health care services to the children in our community and beyond,” he says. “Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is an important resource that cares for more than 100,000 children each year. This generous grant not only helps ensure that our physicians receive the very best training possible, but it also aligns with our mission of continuing the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ throughout a vast region.”
Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation selected Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to receive the grant in 2005 following a proposal made by Dr. Lance Brown, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Over the years, four “Kiwanis Doctors” have received training, thanks to funding provided by Kiwanis: Dr. Andrea Thorp, Dr. Tim Young, Dr. Sarah Christian-Kopp, and Dr. Kristin Ratnayake.
“I am very grateful to have received the opportunity to be the Kiwanis Fellow for Pediatric Emergency Medicine,” says Ratnayake, who started her two-year fellowship in October 2012. “Participating in the fellowship has allowed me to share my experience as a pediatric emergency medicine physician in-training with not only other emergency medicine physicians, but also to the general public.”
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation recently awarded a grant to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to train pediatric emergency medicine doctors. In the picture (from left to right): Drs. Andrea Thorp, Sarah Christian-Kopp, and Tim Young, all “Kiwanis Doctors,” recently trained on medical procedures using an infant mannequin at the Loma Linda University Medical Simulation Center. Inset are the three doctors and Dr. Kristin Ratnayake, the newest recipient of the Kiwanis fellowship.
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About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”