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Thompson honored for years of service with critical care unit at hospital

August 09, 2010

PITTSBURGH - Dr. Ann E. Thompson was recognized for 28 years as director of critical care medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at a reception in her honor this spring at the new Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Thompson is the daughter of Ben and Bette Thompson of Donnybrook Drive in Hagerstown.

The event was attended by colleagues from around the nation, family members, friends and pediatric critical care physicians who had been trained in Dr. Thompson's program.

Special guests included Dr. Ake Grenvik, who was a founder of the specialty of critical care in the 1960s. Speakers noted Dr. Thompson's many achievements, including her service as president of the national, multidisciplinary, 12,000 member Society for Critical Care Medicine in 2001-02, chairwoman of the sub-board of Critical Care Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics, vice-chairwoman of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive Care Societies and chairwoman of PALISI, a pediatric intensive care clinical research network.

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Her awards include the SCCM Distringuished Service Award and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care Distinguished Career award.

She is a well-respected professor and has achieved international recognition, speaking at conferences in South America, Europe and Asia.

While Dr. Thompson is stepping down as the director of Pediatric Critical Care, she will continue her responsibilities as associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director for Clinical Resource Management at Children's Hospital.

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