Ambika Ashraf, M.D., Endocrinology, was invited to co-chair the Pediatric Endocrine Society Education Committee.
Judson Barber, M.D., Emergency Medicine, was recognized at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Sedation Conference for six years of service on the Board of Directors.
Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, Hematology and Oncology, was invited to participate in the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs’ Pediatric Leadership Program for the 2017—2018 term.
Suresh Boppana, M.D., Infectious Diseases, is the first holder of the Hugh Dillon, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Mike Chen, M.D., Surgery, was elected to on the American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Governors.
Mitch Cohen, M.D., Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, was elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Executive Committee.
Reed Dimmitt, M.D., Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, is the first holder of the David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
Maaike Everts, Ph.D., Infectious Diseases, is the recipient of the International Society for Antiviral Research William Prusoff Young Investigator Lecture Award.
Daniel Feig, M.D., Nephrology, was elected Pediatric Nephrology Subboard Chair of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Lee Hilliard, M.D., Hematology and Oncology, was invited to participate in the seventh annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) Advocacy Leadership Institute.
Tina Simpson, M.D., Adolescent Medicine, received the American Medical Women’s Association 2017 Exceptional Mentor Award.
Nursing Excellence Awards: Eleven nurses were presented Nursing Excellence Awards as part of Children’s annual National Nurses Week celebration in May. The 2017 honorees are Kathy Atkins, Linda Brown, Tabitha Daniel, Laken Elliott, Robin Lynn Greer, Suzanne Gurosky, Carol Henry Jenkins, Wanda Mosley, Kyla Owen, Christina Slager and Suzann Smith.
DAISY Award: Each month, Children’s honors a nurse with The DAISY Award. Nurses are nominated by patients' families. Honorees personify Children’s remarkable patient experience and demonstrate excellence by serving as a role model for the nursing profession. Recipients of The DAISY Award in 2017 are Jane Phillips, Kendal Jaffe, Walter Luke Endress, Savannah Goodlett, Diane Storie, Julie Stone, Sallie Rhodes, Brandi Cruz, Al Bonds, Warren Skinner, Casey Rae Jacobs and Margaret Blessing.
Six Children's practices completed the nearly yearlong process to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Accreditation: Pediatrics East Trussville and Deerfoot; Greenvale Pediatrics Hoover, Alabaster and Brook Highland; and Vestavia Pediatrics. Two practices, Mayfair Medical Group and Over the Mountain Pediatrics, are now going through the process. NCQA is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality.
There were many anniversaries to celebrate in 2017. Mayfair Medical Group celebrated 20 years, Over the Mountain Pediatrics 20 years, Pediatrics West 40 years, Vestavia Pediatrics 45 years and 20 years with Children's and Pediatrics East 60 years.
John Cortopassi, M.D., of Greenvale Pediatrics Hoover, received the Down Syndrome Alabama World Down Syndrome Day Distinction Award in Healthcare for his work with children with Down syndrome.
David Glasgow, M.D., of Greenvale Pediatrics Brook Highland, who retired in 2017, was voted Best Pediatrician by Birmingham Magazine. Phil Harmon, M.D., of Pediatrics East Deerfoot and Dan Carter of Greenvale Pediatrics Hoover were finalists in the same category.
Children's and all three Greenvale Pediatrics locations (Alabaster, Brook Highland, Hoover) were recognized as Family Favorites by Birmingham Parent magazine. Children's was named favorite children's hospital while Greenvale swept the favorite pediatrician category.
The Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) Clinic at Children's was named one of the 10 Tourette Syndrome Association Centers of Excellence. The centers aim to improve the quality of life of people with Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders by promoting the highest level of care, research, education and training, and advocacy and awareness for these conditions. Pictured are Leon Dure, M.D., right, and Jane Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA.
The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program at Children's marked its 30th anniversary in 2017. Since the program's start in 1987, the Children's ECMO team has cared for almost 800 children–639 infants, 66 respiratory patients and 82 cardiac patients. ECMO uses a heart-lung bypass machine to provide oxygen to the blood while allowing the heart and lungs to heal. Children's is among the first pediatric hospitals in the Southeast to offer ECMO and is the only program of its kind in Alabama.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Civitan Rett Syndrome Clinic has received the Center of Excellence award from Rettsyndrome.org, a leading advocacy organization for patients and families affected by Rett Syndrome (RTT). The award was presented at a reception on September 8, 2017 at Children's. The Center of Excellence Award was given to Alan Percy, M.D., for his leadership of actively pursuing studies in RTT. Dr. Percy, who treats patients at Children's and is director of the UAB Civitan Rett Syndrome Clinic, was one of the first physicians to recognize RTT in the U.S.
The Pediatric Transplant Center at Children's performed 38 transplants in 2017–19 kidneys, 12 hearts and seven livers. Since opening in March 2013, the center has performed a total of 149 transplants.
Children's Sensory Pathway, established in 2016, expanded to Benjamin Russell One Day Surgery. The pathway is for children with sensory sensitivities like autism or Down syndrome. Children have access to tools such as noise-canceling headphones and fidget toys that provide support and ease the hospital experience for patients and families.
UAB Medicine Trail, part of UAB's revamped walking trail system, now extends to Children's. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held August to celebrate the trail extension.
Children's latest wellness program, Healthy Strides, is the result of staff feedback and our goal to meet the evolving needs and interests of employees. Healthy Strides rewards employees for reaching various goals and behavior-based components such as biometric screenings, preventive exams and other healthy pursuits.
Children's Volunteer Services department launched Soundscapes, a year-round music program designed to help create a quiet, soothing and calm atmosphere. Talented local musicians–individuals or small groups–have an opportunity to play background music as patients, family members, guests and staff go about their day.
Thanks to the support of the United Way of Central Alabama, the community and client donations, the Amelia Center is able to provide grief counseling services at no cost to families. The staff has grown from two part-time employees to five full-time therapists, two full-time office personnel and two interns. Approximately 1,100 individuals representing 400 families seek counseling at the Amelia Center each year.