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HealthONE(R) Appoints Nationally Renowned Pediatric Cardiologist & Childhood Obesity Expert as First Chief Medical Officer for the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children(SM)
Date:12/12/2007

DENVER, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Reginald "Reggie" Washington, a national force in fighting cardiovascular disease and obesity in children, has been appointed the first Chief Medical Officer for HCA-HealthONE LLC's new Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Washington starts January 1, 2008, overseeing clinical operations for the new pediatric hospital, which will be on the campus of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center (P/SL) in Denver.

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In addition, Dr. Jack Chang, retired pediatric and neonatal surgeon, will continue in his role as Pediatric Physician Liaison for the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Dr. Chang has been instrumental in gathering research and seeking input from physicians across the region regarding the types of services the new hospital will include.

A Colorado Springs native, Dr. Washington, 57, has practiced pediatric cardiology in Denver for more than 25 years. He serves on several national committees, including for the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a former two-term member of the national board of the American Heart Association and was a recipient of the AHA's Physician of the Year award. In Colorado, Dr. Washington is former president and member of the Board of Governors for Colorado State University, as well as the Governing Board of Regis University in Denver.

Dr. Renee Jenkins, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) applauded the appointment and described Dr. Washington as one of the country's foremost authorities on pediatric obesity prevention. "As co-chair of the AAP's former Task Force on Obesity, Dr. Washington has worked tirelessly to spearhead national efforts to combat the childhood obesity epidemic," Dr. Jenkins said. Dr. Washington is also a former chair of the AAP Committee on Sports
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