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Jordan & Taylor Awarded 2024 AAMC Leadership Development Seminar Grants

December 7, 2023

Katie Jordan, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Genny Taylor, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, were recently selected to receive the 2024 AAMC Early-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar grant.
Congratulations Katie and Genny!

Congratulations to 2023 Emonson Award Winners

November 30, 2023

Macrina Liguori, MD, a fellow in the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, received the 2023 Emonson Award. Julie Blatt, MD, Professor in Hematology/Oncology received the 2023 Faculty Emonson award, and Nicole Willson, RN received the 2023 Nurse Emonson award. The Emonson Awards, established in 2006, annually recognize the nurse, resident, and faculty member who best represent the mission and spirit of UNC Children’s.

Welcome New Clinical Provider: Cheryl Crawford, CPNP DNP

November 30, 2023

Cheryl Crawford, CPNP DNP joined the Department of Pediatrics in the Adolescent Medicine section of the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent in November 2023. Ms. Crawford has cared for children and adolescents in multiple outpatient settings, initially as a pediatric nurse for 6 years, and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2005, most recently with UNCPN through the UNC Pediatrics at Forest Pines Wakefield office and the UNC Rex Hospital Newborn Nursery. She also earned her DNP degree in 2022. Welcome Cheryl!

RSV cases surge in southeastern North Carolina

November 29, 2023

COVID, the flu and RSV are often referred to as the trifecta of seasonal illnesses. But one of the viruses is spreading faster around the Cape Fear than the others. Doctors say they are seeing more patients with RSV than any other illness this time of year. A new preventive antibody to protect newborns against RSV is a step toward a healthier future. “The goal is to try and minimize how many babies are hospitalized,” said Dr. Lauren Rust, pediatric medical director for Novant Health and Assistant Professor with UNC Department of Pediatrics. But the new vaccine called Beyfortus, is in short supply. Rust says for now, the vaccine will be prioritized for high-risk patients. Those are newborns with underlying conditions, pregnant mothers and newborns six months or younger.

Ferrell Awarded North American CF Conference Resident Roundtable Award

November 22, 2023

Maureen Farrell, MD, MS, Pediatric Resident in the Physician Scientist Training Program was awarded the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference Resident Roundtable Award. The award which supports medical residents to attend the annual meeting on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, providing opportunities to learn about advances in CF care and research as well as to network with leading investigators in the field.
Congratulations Maureen!

Greeson Earns Doctor of Nursing Degree

November 20, 2023

Tina Greeson, an Advanced Practice Practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology, recently successfully defended her doctoral dissertation! Tina earner her doctorate in nursing while working her full time clinical job with Pediatrics. She is a wonderful example of what a nurse practitioner can do in an academic setting. Congratulations Dr. Greeson!

Welcome New Clinical Provider: Jennifer John, FNP

November 16, 2023

Jennifer John, FNP joined the Department of Pediatrics in the Adolescent Medicine section of the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent in November 2023. Ms. John worked as a nurse in multiple settings for 17 years, including as a School Nurse in Onslow County, before obtaining her FNP degree. Since then, her experience has included working at the Murdoch Developmental Center, a state-run residential facility for people with intellectual disabilities. She will be onsite at the new Youth Behavioral Health Facility. Welcome Jennifer!

Welcome New Clinical Provider: Jordan Lewis, NNP

November 14, 2023

Jordan Lewis, NNP, joined the Wilmington Peds group in Neonatology as a Nurse Practitioner in November 2023. Jordan has been an RN in the NICU since 2018 and just recently graduated with her Master’s from East Carolina University. She will be primarily assisting the team at Novant New Hanover. Welcome Jordan!

2023 Novant Health – UNC Partnership Fall Retreat

November 11, 2023

Beginning November 10, 2023, physicians, local leaders, and members from Novant Health, UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine attended a two-day conference to focus on the partnership between the organizations. Kody Kinsley, North Carolina’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke at the conference where participants refocused on the common goals of advanced clinical research, academic development, and clinical services. The clinical care partnership has been focused on children’s specialty care. We’ve been transforming access and availability of children specially care so that families who need some special consultation for their kids don’t have to drive to the triangle to get that. UNC Children’s and Novant are now able to offer that such specialty care locally now and with short-term appointment times, less than 2 or 3 weeks for new appointments.