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Alumna Child Counselor Honored for Excellence

CONWAY, Ark. (June 13, 2014) – Hendrix alumna Kathryn Davitt was recently awarded the 2014 Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award from the Child Life Council (CLC) at the 32nd CLC Annual Conference on Professional Issues.

Davitt, a 1989 Hendrix graduate, is currently Child Life Specialist for Specialty Clinics at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

After she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she was hired as a specialist for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Burn Center, Cardiovascular ICU and the Pediatric ICU. She briefly taught in a fourth grade classroom but was called back to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to work in the surgery and orthopedic units. 

After a six-year stint at ACH, she moved to Texas to work at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. In 1994, she joined the team at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. She took a six-month educational leave in 2000 and received a master’s degree in occupational therapy. 

At Cook Children’s, Kat has had a wide range of responsibilities including several different camp programs, animal-assisted therapy, infant massage, managing student programs, teen support programs, community re-integration and school re-entry programs. She has coordinated volunteers and special events and managed the hospital’s in-kind donation program. Her current clinical assignment is in the neurology, orthopedic and rheumatology clinics. 

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