The biggest event in a big year for Children’s of Alabama was the August 4, 2012 opening of the $400 million, 12-story Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. The 760,000-square-foot building enlarged the Children’s campus to more than 2 million square feet, making it the nation’s third largest pediatric health care facility.
The building’s June dedication coincided with the U.S. News & World Report rankings that placed Children’s, for the third year in a row, among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. Then in August, the Joseph S. Bruno Pediatric Heart Center opened at the Russell Building. The new center, a collaboration between Children’s and UAB, provides comprehensive care to children with congenital heart disease.
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2012 National PAS Conference
Children’s of Alabama and UAB Medicine/Pediatrics teamed for a first as co-sponsors at a national conference.
Children’s and UAB co-sponsored the “Meeting at a Glance” board at the 2012 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting, held April 28 – May 1 in Boston, Massachusetts.
PAS comprises the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with their alliance partners, representing 25-plus pediatric sub-specialty organizations and clubs. More than 7,000 healthcare providers, research scientists and policy makers attend the annual event.
Dr. David Kimberlin, UAB Pediatric Infectious Diseases, is president-elect of PAS and was a conference presenter.
U.S. News Rankings
For the third year in a row, Children’s of Alabama was ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Ten of Children’s pediatric specialty services – Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery and Neurology, Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology – placed among the top programs in the United States.
“We are proud that 10 of our programs were ranked among the nation’s best,” said Mike Warren, Children’s President and CEO. “More importantly, we are delighted to continue telling the Children’s of Alabama story at a national level.”
The June 2012, ranking coincided with the dedication of the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children expansion on June 5. The 760,000 square-foot, $400 million building makes Children’s the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s is also one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical facilities in the U.S. and one of just two hospitals in the state recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing.
The complete listing and corresponding rankings can be found at www.childrensal.org.
Children’s of Alabama physicians received local and national attention in 2012.
In November, B-Metro magazine published the Birmingham-area Super Doctors list, which included a number of Children's physicians. Super Doctors is an organization that recognizes the top doctors within a state or region, as selected by their peers and independent research.
In December, numerous Children’s physicians were included in the Best Doctors in America listing, as published in Birmingham magazine. The Best Doctors organization recognizes U.S. physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement.
Valencia Vann, BSN, RN, CLNC, received Staff Nurse of the Year Award from the National Black Nurses Association (in recognition of clinical nursing practice) at the 40th Annual Institute and Conference President’s Gala on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Orlando, FL.
Cara Nachtman, CA 9 QB received The Association of Nursing Students’ Professional Development Award, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama. Cara will graduate with her BSN in December 2012.
Tracey Cartwright; Kelly Pinion-Smith, MSN, CPN; & Cindy Richards, BSN, CNN received recognition as bMetro Excellence in Nursing Honorees 2012.
Joyce McCormick, BSN, RN, CSPI was awarded the 20 Year CSPI Award by the AAPCC (American Association of Poison Control Centers) and will be honored at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology in Las Vegas on October 5, 2012.
Karen Belcher, BSN, RN, CPN received an Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Living Legacy Award (founded to perpetuate the legacy of Mrs. Moffett and recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the mental, physical or spiritual wellbeing of others) on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at The Club.
Paige Turner, MSN, RN CPN received the award for Most Outstanding Student in the Master’s Program, UAB School of Nursing May 2012.
Lacrecia Britton, MSN, CRNP was recognized at the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for her work on the CQN projects and the Chapter’s Quality Improvement projects in general at the 2012 Annual Meeting on September 29 at the Wynfey Hotel.
Children’s of Alabama is well respected as an employer throughout the state and seeks employees who are interested in helping fulfill its mission of helping children, and who are committed to these five values: Commitment, Compassion, Innovation, Teamwork and Trust.
With more than 4,000 employees, Children’s is also among the 20 largest employers in Alabama. Each year, employees celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40+ year service anniversary are honored with a reception and dinner. Typically, 500 or more honorees and guests attend this event and enjoy a time of special camaraderie and recognition. Nurse Cathy McGill was the longest tenured staff member honored this past October for her 40+ years with Children’s of Alabama.
Three of Children’s outstanding physicians were named to endowed chairs, honoring three long-time members of the Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees.
Yung Ruang Lau, M.D., is the first recipient of the Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Lau, a nationally recognized expert in his field, is the only pediatric electro physiologist in Alabama. Dr. Lau serves as medical director of Alabama LifeStart, a statewide defibrillator outreach program sponsored by Children’s and UAB.
Mr. Carruthers, who was named to the Board of Trustees of Children’s of Alabama in 1990, served as chairman in 1996 and 1997.
Robert F. Pass, M.D., is the first to receive the Beth Gordy Dubina Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Pass is nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of pediatric infectious diseases and his leadership in the growth and development of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is honored for his role as director of general inpatient pediatrics as well.
Ms. Dubina joined the Board of Directors of the Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation in 1989 and has served on the Board of Trustees for Children’s of Alabama since 2002.
John H. Grant III, M.D., is the first recipient of the James C. Lee III Endowed Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery. Dr. Grant’s work as chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and director of the UAB Cleft and Craniofacial Center, as well as his expertise and national reputation in pediatric plastic surgery, are recognized by this honor.
Mr. Lee joined the Board of Directors of the Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation in 1989, and served as chairman in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s of Alabama since 1992.
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Bruno Pediatric Heart Center
In mid-October, the first pediatric cardiology patients were transferred from UAB Hospital to the newly opened Joseph S. Bruno Pediatric Heart Center at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. Prior to the move, many pediatric cardiology patients were admitted to Children’s, and then transferred to UAB for surgery and back to Children’s for post-operative care.
The Bruno Pediatric Heart Center also includes a 20-room cardiovascular intensive care unit, two dedicated surgical suites, three heart and vascular catheterization labs and four dedicated extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) rooms. A cardiac care unit for telemetry-monitored patients is located on the Russell Building’s eighth floor.
The showpiece of the Bruno Heart Center, which occupies the entire fourth floor of the Russell Building, is a pediatric hybrid catheterization suite. The suite, equipped with $3 million in state-of-the-art technology, is the only one of its kind in Alabama.
It is connected via skywalk to the UAB Women and Infants Center (where Pediatric Cardiology’s outpatient clinic remains) and Adult Congenital Heart Services at UAB’s North Pavilion. The relocation streamlines the pathway of care and combines under one roof, the nationally-renowned expertise of UAB physicians with the highly specialized care unique to Children’s.