Dr. W. Graham Carlos III and Dr. Babar Khan Honored with 2017 Achievement in Medicine (AIM) Awards

Physicians honored for their patient-focused ICU and post-ICU innovations

Indianapolis, April 13, 2017 – St. Margaret's Hospital Guild and the Indiana Blood Center announce that Dr. W. Graham Carlos III and Dr. Babar Khan are the recipients of the 2017 Achievement in Medicine (AIM) Award.

The AIM Award honors management-level members of the Eskenazi Health team who uphold the tradition of excellence in health care.

“The AIM Award reflects Eskenazi Health’s critical role in our community that combines modern medicine and cutting-edge clinical technologies while honoring the dignity of every patient,” said Dr. Charlie Miraglia, president and CEO of the Indiana Blood Center. “Indiana Blood Center proudly joins in recognizing and celebrating both Dr. Carlos and Dr. Khan’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to patient care.”

Dr. Carlos is section chief of pulmonary/critical care at Eskenazi Health. He helped implement the wake up and breathe ventilator weaning protocol that improves the cognitive function of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. He’s director of medical missions at Traders Point Christian Church and a physician volunteer at Hope Healthcare Services, an organization in Avon that cares for patients without insurance. Dr. Carlos served as chairman of the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Mentoring Committee of the American Thoracic Society and actively engages in teaching and mentoring fellows and residents in pulmonary critical care.

Dr. Khan serves as medical director of the Eskenazi Health Critical Care Recovery Center (CCRC), the first clinic of its kind in the United States. The CCRC is part of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation. He is the principal investigator on a new five-year study of the CCRC, which in February received the THRIVE Innovation Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The purpose of the study is to implement the mobile CCRC across the country. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded the effort with a $3.2 million grant. Dr. Khan is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Delirium Society.

Dr. Carlos and Dr. Khan received the AIM Award for their patient-focused innovations in ICU and post-ICU tactics and protocols. More specifically, they were recognized for their work to improve the cognitive, physical and psychological recovery of critical care patients at Eskenazi Health. Their techniques are taught and implemented broadly at Eskenazi Health, helping create a culture of care that is distinctive.

AIM Award recipients are selected by the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. The guild is a volunteer organization committed to raising funds for the services and programs at Eskenazi Health. Founded in 1907, the guild has raised more than $12 million for Eskenazi Health throughout the years. This is the 19th year for the AIM Award.

St. Margaret's Hospital Guild’s largest fundraising event is the annual Decorators' Show House and Gardens. This year’s 56th annual event will take place April 29 – May 14, at the boyhood home of famed Indiana author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., at 4401 North Illinois Street in the Butler-Tarkington area of Indianapolis. The Decorators’ Show House is open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Mondays). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.showhouseindy.org/Purchase-Tickets/.

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