It’s hard to believe 2017 is behind us, but what a year it was! We broke ground on new ideas and advances in pediatric healthcare and we broke ground — literally — on a parking deck and office building that will house our nonclinical support staff. And speaking of our staff, our workforce has grown steadily from 3,206 to 4,853 over the span of a decade. Like the children we care for, Children’s of Alabama is growing up fast.
For all who work at Children’s, the five values that bind us are never far from mind — trust, teamwork, compassion, innovation and commitment. Great strides made in medicine and technology led to Children’s first-ever thermal laser ablation surgery to treat epilepsy, as well as the hospital’s first-ever photopheresis therapy to treat a host of disorders, including graft versus host disease. Our Hearing and Speech Department is now home to state-of-the-art equipment needed for diagnosing vestibular and balance disorders. The addition makes Children’s the first facility in the state to offer comprehensive clinical pediatric vestibular and balance services.
We also continued our commitment to patient safety and were again named a Hospital of the Month by the national Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety network. And our work toward an electronic health record is now a reality, allowing us to ensure patient information flows throughout our organization in one system.
Our year would not be complete without the impactful stories of our patients and their families. Their resolve and resilience in the face of health challenges make us grateful for the opportunity to care for them. They are our heroes.
Our team of physicians, employees and volunteers work tirelessly to offer hope and healing to the children of Alabama and beyond. This annual report offers a glimpse of our achievements in 2017, and we give our sincere thanks to everyone who helped make our achievements possible.
Yours Very Truly,
Wm. Michael Warren Jr., President and CEO