Published on June 19, 2014

Baptist Memorial Health Care hires pediatric surgeon

Hospital to open Pediatric Emergency Department in January 2015

MEMPHIS, TENN., — Dr. Fawn Lewis recently joined Baptist Medical Group-Pediatric General Surgery, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care, as the hospital system's first pediatric general surgeon.

She will serve the entire 14-hospital system; however, much of her practice will be concentrated at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, the area's only freestanding women's hospital. The hospital recently added pediatrics to its gamut of services to provide one-stop care for area families, according to Anita Vaughn, CEO and administrator.

In May 2012, inpatient and outpatient surgery services and diagnostics transitioned from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Baptist's flagship hospital, to Baptist Women's Hospital. Construction recently began on a pediatric emergency department, slated to open in January 2015, which will be staffed by pediatric emergency medicine physicians. Hospitalists and an array of pediatric specialists will care for patients from birth to age 18 within the hospital's expanded pediatric services.

"With her impressive credentials and wide breadth of experience, Dr. Lewis is the ideal fit for this position," said Vaughn. "We launched a nationwide search to find the right candidate for the position of general surgeon, and she was the perfect choice."

Vaughn added Lewis will play a key role in developing the Baptist's system's pediatrics program, a priority for the system, according to its leadership.

Lewis will perform a variety of surgeries for patients throughout the region, including emergency surgery, as well as scheduled outpatient and inpatient procedures for neonates, children and adolescents.

She most recently served as a Division Chief of pediatric surgery at the Nemours Children's Clinic in Pensacola, Florida. Lewis also served as medical director of pediatric trauma services at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

A Fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lewis is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery, surgical critical care and pediatric surgery. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and completed her residency in general surgery at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans. Lewis trained in ECMO, a special heart-lung bypass for babies, and created the pediatric surgery critical care fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago. After completing critical care training there, she joined the Division of Paediatric General Surgery at British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to train in pediatric surgery at the University of British Columbia.

About Baptist

The Memphis area's largest not-for-profit health care system, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. In 2012, Baptist was ranked No. 2 among large employers and No. 23 overall nationally in Modern Healthcare magazine's top 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 500 doctors; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. The Baptist system employs 15,000 people, and in fiscal year 2012, contributed $229 million in community benefit to the areas it serves. According to the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, Baptist Memorial Health Care's economic impact is estimated at more than $2.6 billion.

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