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Posted on Dec 05,2017

Jen Arnold, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, in the Johns Hopkins All Children's Simulation Center. 

Jen Arnold, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, stepped up to speak to the visitors from Walmart and Sam’s Club and was impressed by their enthusiasm.

“People were singing, and they were so excited and engaged,” says Arnold, who became medical director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in July. “Everyone at Walmart and Sam’s Club, from the frontline to the administrators, are so supportive of our program.”

About 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club associates from 135 locations were visiting the hospital’s St. Petersburg, Florida, campus as part of an event with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). Walmart and Sam’s Club have partnered with CMN Hospitals for 30 years, raising millions for Johns Hopkins All Children’s, including funding to support the Simulation Center.

“Simulation is a big investment by an institution, but it’s a huge patient-safety tool,” Arnold says. “The lives you can save by building that program way outweigh the cost of building that center. I’m extraordinarily appreciative of Sam’s Club and Walmart because not that many institutions have that support for these endeavors.”

Arnold, a neonatologist, is a nationally known pediatric expert in educational medical simulation, who got her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Joining Johns Hopkins All Children’s in July represents a return to Arnold’s roots. She was born at St. Anthony's Hospital and first came to Johns Hopkins All Children's as an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. She got married at St. Petersburg’s St Mary Our Lady of Grace Church, which is near the hospital campus. 

Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein, star in the TLC series The Little Couple, which chronicles her life as a doctor with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a random genetic mutation that led to her shortened growth and orthopedic complications.

Arnold is working on a strategic plan for the Simulation Center as it prepares to move and expand when the Johns Hopkins All Children's Research and Education Building opens in the fall of 2018. She hopes to add more people, training mannequins and technology, such as a 3D printer. Her focus:

  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Patient safety
  • Resuscitation
  • Patient- and family-centered care

“There’s not a group here that simulation isn’t touching or won’t touch in the future,” Arnold says.

As a former child patient herself, Arnold knows the importance philanthropy plays in pediatric hospitals.

“I just pray as a nation, we continue to support kids’ health,” she says. “That’s why donors are so critical to promote excellence within pediatric hospitals. We need our kids to have that access.”

This story originally appeared in For The Kids, a magazine published by the Johns Hopkins All Children's Foundation. Visit hopkinsallchildrens.org/SimulationCenter to learn more about the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children's.


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