February 2011

Vol. 1, Edition 1


Welcome to our inaugural edition of Paw Prints, the e-newsletter for Ayers Children's Medical Center. Our goal is to keep you informed on the latest news and events at Ayers, and we hope you will share Paw Prints with others who will find it beneficial.
Ayers Welcomes Nurse Practitioner  
Meredith Shaw
Meredith Shaw, CPNP-AC


Meredith Shaw began her pediatric nursing career at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in 2005 after graduating from University of Tennessee at Martin. While working at General, she continued to study and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing. She was licensed as a registered nurse in 2005 and as a pediatric nurse practitioner in January 2009. Shaw most recently worked in the pediatric intensive care unit at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.


As Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for Ayers, Shaw will assist physicians with rounding and patient care, serve as the educator for the pediatric and intensive care units, and promote its services throughout West Tennessee.


"We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Shaw to our staff," said Robin Wood, director of Pediatrics. "Her presence will provide a cohesiveness of care for our patients that will greatly benefit them and their families."


What is an Intensivist?


Dr Ali
Dr. Sayed Ali,
Pediatric Intensivist

An intensivist is a physician specially trained to care for critically ill patients. These physicians work in a hospital setting, typically in intensive care units. They coordinate care with a patient's primary care physician, and often do not see patients outside of the hospital.


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Syed Ali as the Pediatric Intensivist for the pediatric intensive care unit. Dr. Ali received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He comes to General from Miami Beach Community Health Center where he served as director for the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Ali has authored medical pieces for International Pediatrics and served as Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University.

Run with Purpose


Get some exercise while helping others at the same time. The Annual Sports Plus Rehab Centers 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, March 26.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Therapy & Learning Center, which serves children and adults with special needs.

For more information, click here.
Enjoy Horsing Around?

HippotherapyThe Rein-Bow Riding Academy is a place of promise, where children with varying abilities receive innovative therapy while riding a horse. 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Hippotherapy program. Without volunteers available to safely assist riders during therapy sessions, children would be unable to ride. We are currently in need of volunteers to assist with the 2011 riding season, which begins in March.


Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and come with an enthusiastic, energetic spirit ready to improve the lives of children with special needs. 


To learn more about hippotherapy and the Rein-Bow Riding Academy, click here.

A Heart for Kids

Peds Wears Red

Members of the pediatrics staff are all heart when it comes to serving children. The group recently wore red to celebrate February as American Heart Month. "Each year, thousands of children are born with congenital heart conditions," said Child Life Specialist Rachel Ryan. "Wearing red reminds us just how precious each little heart is." 

In This Issue
Staff Spotlight
What is an Intensivist?
Run with Purpose
Volunteers Needed
A Heart for Kids
Flu Facts
Flu Facts


Flu is most commonly spread by droplets when those infected cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets land in the mouths and noses of those nearby and spread the virus.


Someone with the flu can spread the virus to others up to six feet away.


Frequently washing hands with soap and water for 60 seconds is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.


The virus can be spread to others one day before symptoms appear and up to seven days after becoming sick.



March 25
Fellowship Bible Church
March 26
Therapy & Learning Center
Union University

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Jackson, TN 38301
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