Health Notes

October 03, 2007

AAMC nurse wins neonatal award

An Anne Arundel Medical Center nurse has received the Excellence in Neonatal Nursing Practice Award for 2007 from the Academy of Neonatal Nursing

Cheryl Briggs of Annapolis was given the award Sept. 8 in Las Vegas at the academy's annual conference.

Briggs, a neonatal intensive care nurse at AAMC for 6 1/2 years, also joined other nurses on a discharge committee to develop an instructional class for those bringing babies home from the hospital and a discharge handbook for parents, which is being produced by the hospital.

She also is known for her use of photography in the neonatal intensive care unit. Photos often include a baby's first bath, the first time intravenous wires and oxygen masks are removed, and the first time the baby is held by a parent.

Briggs has won the Faces of Neonatal Nursing Contest, and her photos have been published in a calendar, maternal-child textbooks and in Preemie magazine.

The Academy of Neonatal Nursing is the world's largest neonatal nursing association, with more than 8,000 members.

Neurologist joins AAMC medical staff

Dr. Daniel P. Hexter, a neurologist and neuromuscular specialist, has joined the medical staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Hexter is a 2006 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he also completed his residency. He completed a neuromuscular training at the University of Southern California.

His specialties include headache and neuromuscular diseases (including myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathies and muscle diseases).

Neonatal unit gets excellence award

Anne Arundel Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit has been recognized for its patient satisfaction by a health care market research company.

The Excellence Through Insight Award was given by the national market research firm Health Stream Research (formerly the Jackson Organization). It recognizes hospitals that excel in gaining insight into patients, employees, physicians and community through research. To receive an excellence citation, an organization had to be at or above the 75th percentile.

Nearly 5,000 infants have been cared for since the hospital opened its care unit in 1995.

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