By Pulse staff
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Tami Thomas, Ph.D., CPNP, RNC, a three-year, $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholar grant for her research. Thomas, an assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Nursing, is one of 15 nurse educators around the country to receive the award.
Thomas studies strategies to slow the spread of viral sexually transmitted infections in rural communities. Her research explores barriers preventing girls from being vaccinated for HPV (human papillomavirus), which can cause warts and cervical cancer. She hopes to develop culturally sensitive interventions to increase the vaccination rate for HPV in rural areas.
• Best workplaces for mothers: Wellstar Health System and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta were named two of Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for 2009.
WellStar Health System was cited for expanding its family-friendly benefits — educational assistance, backup child care and parental leave — to cover adoptive parents, fathers and grandparents. WellStar introduced backup care of $2 to $4 per hour, doubling the annual allowance to 80 hours.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was lauded for benefits that include six weeks of paid maternity leave, a $100 baby savings bond, three near-site child care centers, discounts at 3,000 child care facilities and pretax dependent-care accounts with a $1,040 match. Mothers fill 62 percent of all the jobs at Children’s.
• Nursing promotion: Angeline (Missy) Pratt, RN, CNOR, MHA, has been promoted to assistant vice president of perioperative services at MCGHealth in Augusta.
Before joining MCGHealth in 2002, Pratt was director of the surgical services division at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Fla. Pratt is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the University HealthSystem Consortium Perioperative Council.
• Wound care leader: Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center has named Cynthia Finney as its new director. She will be responsible for administrative support and development, as well as growth of the center’s services.
The center has treated more than 2,000 patients since it opened in 2005.
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