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Pediatric Nurse Practioner Wins Major Award


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Wins Major Cardiovascular Award

BIRMINGHAM- (Feb. 28, 2014) Ashley Moellinger, a Montgomery native UAB nurse practitioner of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery who treats patients at Children’s of Alabama, has won a major award at this year’s Cardiology 2014 conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The conference, which was held Feb. 19-23, is a comprehensive postgraduate course for pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists, surgeons, nurses, intensivists, anesthesiologists, sonographers, perfusionists, and all those involved in the care of neonates, children and young adults with cardiovascular disease.

Hayden Zaccagni, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist who also practices at The Joseph S. Bruno Heart Center located in the Benjamin Russell hospital for Children, was one of eight finalists for the Outstanding Investigator Award for physicians. He gave an oral presentation on his research involving the use of acetaminophen to reduce lipid peroxidation in children undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB) and its impact on post-CPB kidney injury.

Moellinger was presented the Nursing Scientist Award. She presented her research Postoperative Feeding Protocol Improves Outcomes After Arterial Switch Operation during the conference.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 659,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at