HJAR May/Jun 2020

60 MAY / JUN 2020  I  HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS Hospital Rounds locally, regionally, and nationally. For this top 22 ranking, at least 93 percent of patients at these 22 hospitals responded, “Yes, I would definitely recommend the hospital.” Baptist Health NowOffering FDA-Approved Automated Breast Ultrasound System for Screening Women with Dense Breasts Baptist Health is now offering Invenia ABUS 2.0 (Automated Breast Ultrasound System), approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening, to be used in addition to mammography for women with dense breast tissue and an average lifetime risk of breast cancer. “We are pleased to add automated whole breast ultrasound to our breast cancer screen- ing program,” said Dr. Amanda Ferrell, medical director of Baptist Health Breast Center. “By using mammography – the gold standard for breast cancer detection – and automated whole breast ultrasound in women with dense tissue, we will be able to find more breast cancers. The cancers found by ABUS tend to be the invasive or spread- ing tumors.” Dense breast tissue is normal, seen in 40-50 per- cent of women, and is a risk factor for breast can- cer. Automated whole breast ultrasound can see through dense tissue and find small cancers that may not be seen on mammography because they are hidden by normal, dense breast tissue. The Invenia ABUS 2.0 System is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility, and sensitivity of breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection in women with dense breasts without prior breast intervention. Baptist Health recommends women get an annual mammogram starting at age 40. If they have dense tissue, they should talk to their doc- tor or radiologist about their specific risk and any additional screening that might be appropriate. All mammography reports issued at Baptist Health indicate the patient’s breast tissue density and are available through the MyChart patient portal. CHI St. Vincent Appoints Nisa Trenthem as Director for Emergency Department CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has appointed Nisa Trenthem as director of the Emergency Depart- ment in Little Rock. Trenthem, a nurse with more than a decade of professional experience, has served as director of education and nursing excel- lence since July of 2017. She will continue to serve in that capacity, while providing operational lead- ership for the Infirmary’s Emergency Department. “Nisa has shown herself to be a devoted nurse with a commitment to continued education in the changing landscape of healthcare,” said CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gerry Jones. “We look forward to the vision and lead- ership she now brings to the Emergency Depart- ment at CHI St. Vincent.” Trenthem previously served as assistant director of nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and supervisor of the Intensive Care Unit, Cath Lab, and Interventional Radiology at Baptist Health Medical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Registered Nursing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Mas- ter’s Degree in Nursing Administration and Nurs- ing Education from UAMS. RonaldMcDonald House Charities of Arkansas and UAMS Celebrate the Grand Opening of the RonaldMcDonald Family Room to Help NICU Families A space for parents with babies in the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been trans- formed into the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in central Arkansas. The grand opening cer- emony was held Jan. 31 in the University of Arkan- sas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Hospital Lobby Gallery. The celebration marks the end of a four- month construction process by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) that con- verted space on the fifth floor of UAMS Medical Center into the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS. The new 2,000-squarefoot space will be staffed and operated by RMHCA and will feature four overnight rooms for parents and siblings of patients in the NICU and a common area for day use by all NICU families. “The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a great extension of RMHCA’s mission that has been serv- ing families with critically ill children for the past 39 years,” said RMHCA Board Chair Sam Baxter. “Thanks to this partnership with UAMS, families with babies in the NICU will now be able to stay together and be more involved throughout their baby’s hospitalization.” UAMS serves families from across Arkansas, and babies often stay in the NICU for weeks or months. While parents have been able to stay with their babies in their room, the NICU has not been able to accommodate overnight stays by families with older children. The neonatal unit has 58 patient rooms and can serve up to 64 patients at a time. Through this collaboration, more than 1,000 families with children in the UAMS NICU will be served each year. “The new Ronald McDonald Family Room will help siblings feel at home and provide comfort and respite, a place to connect with other families,” said Sara Peeples, MD, medi- cal director of the UAMS NICU. “We are grateful to Ronald McDonald Charities of Arkansas for pro- viding needed support for our families.” Major donors include Windgate Charitable Foundation, Susie and Charles Morgan, RMHC Global, The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Clark Family Foundation Inc., Jeanne Andrews, the Sunderland Foundation, RMHCA Board of Directors, local McDonald’s owners, the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Windstream, The Trinity Foundation, Nabholz Charitable Foundation, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, and Tarkett. Bank of America Gives $37,000 to Support UAMS Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Bank of America has made a $37,000 gift to a recently established COVID-19 support fund at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The COVID-19 Support Fund will cover costs associated with screening, testing, and treating Nisa Trenthem