HJAR Mar/Apr 2020

HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS I  MAR / APR 2020 63 For weekly eNews updates and to read the journal online, visit HealthcareJournalAR.com with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce will be held at 10 a.m., with the open house to fol- low until 1 p.m. Funded by a trauma grant from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Sim Lab was built to enhance training and education opportunities for Northwest Health staff members as well as to support hands-on training for emergency medi- cal services, first responders, and other medical professionals throughout Springdale and North- west Arkansas. A Sim Lab is the closest that medical profession- als can get to working on real patients, accord- ing to Velvet Reed Shoults, MHA, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CBIS, director of clinical outreach for Northwest Health. “This is where they can put the equipment they’ve learned in skills labs or class- room settings into practice, using a simple task trainer, a high fidelity medical manikin, or even a classmate (depending on the severity of the mock injury or illness). We use manikins and simulators to train, teach, and test clinical staff on patient care, especially to improve skills needed in emer- gency situations.” Arkansas Surgical Hospital Announces Leadership Changes Arkansas Surgical Hospital announced that Chief Operations Officer Brian Fowler replaces Carrie Helm as chief executive officer. Fowler previously held the position of chief financial officer. As CEO, he will be responsible for Arkansas Surgical Hospital continuing to meet and exceed the expectations of their patients. Fowler has also served as president for the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Helm will remain on as executive advisor to the board of managers, providing additional assis- tance to Fowler and continuing with strategy development. Helm joined Arkansas Surgical Hos- pital in 2008 after years of executive-level experi- ence at other health facilities. “It has been a privilege to work with such tal- ented surgeons, physicians, and staff,” Helm said in a statement. “The hospital has excelled in qual- ity and outcomes year over year. The dedication Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s physicians and staff have to quality, safety, and meeting the individ- ual needs of our patients is unmatched in health- care today.” “This is the natural progression of an effective organization,” said Chairman of the Board Dr. Scott Bowen, one of Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s physician owners. “The leadership team led by Carrie has an effective succession plan in place, and we have been working towards this transition for the last couple of years. We appreciate the leadership Carrie has provided and will continue to provide in her new role.” Seupaul Named Chief Clinical Officer for UAMS Medical Center Rawle A. “Tony” Seupaul, MD, has been named chief clinical officer for UAMS Medical Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Dr. Seupaul has been an exemplary head of our Emergency Medicine program for the past six years,” said Steppe Mette, MD, senior vice chancellor for UAMS Health and UAMS Medi- cal Center CEO. “This promotion allows us to leverage his medical expertise and leadership skills across our inpatient and outpatient opera- tions. He has served in this new role on an interim basis for the past six months and has already built strong relationships with staff at all levels across the institution.” As chief clinical officer, Seupaul will oversee all clinical care at UAMS, serving as the medi- cal staff liaison with medical center administra- tion and coordinating activities of the service line medical directors. He will work with other mem- bers of the executive leadership team to iden- tify and implement best practices to ensure the safety of all patients and employees. He will also continue to serve as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. An international emergency medicine author- ity, Seupaul came to UAMS in 2013 as professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He previously served on the emergency medicine faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine and Wishard Health Services in Indi- anapolis. He received a medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago as an honors graduate in 1997. He completed an internship and residency in emergency medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., serving as chief resident during his final year. Seupaul has been the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials in emergency medicine and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and other publications. UAMS Level 1 Trauma Center Recognized by American College of Surgeons The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has once again been designated by the American College of Surgeons as the state’s only adult Level 1 Trauma Center, signifying UAMS can provide the highest level of trauma care for the most serious and urgent cases. UAMS first achieved this Level 1 verification in 2017 after a vigorous review process. The current verification lasts through Dec. 16, 2022. In addition to its verification from the American College of Surgeons, UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state of Arkansas as rec- ognized by the Arkansas Department of Health. A Level 1 medical center must have the capabil- ity of providing leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabil- itation. It also has a major responsibility for pro- viding leadership in education, research and sys- tem planning. The American College of Surgeons’ Verifica- tion Program was created in 1987 to promote the development of trauma centers that can pro- vide the necessary care for trauma patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. It remains a respected program that sets national guidelines for trauma care in the coun- try through its publication, Resources for Optimal Rawle A.“Tony” Seupaul, MD