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Children’s Heart Program One of First Pediatric Cardiovascular Centers in U.S. Awarded Distinction

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama has earned accreditation as a Pediatric Heart Failure Institute by The HealthcareColloquium, a national group of hospitals dedicated to improving patient outcomes through expert-to-expert collaboration. The accreditation is the highest level available and makes Children’s the first pediatric facility in Alabama, and one of only nine in the nation, to be awarded this distinction.

“We are pleased to announce that Children’s of Alabama has received accreditation as a Pediatric Heart Failure Institute by The Healthcare Colloquium,” said Dr. F. Bennett Pearce, the program’s medical director and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). “Accreditation and maintenance of accreditation from The Healthcare Colloquium places the Children’s of Alabama Heart Failure and Transplant team in a position to lead and collaborate with the top pediatric centers across the country in the advancement of the care of children with heart failure and heart transplantation.”

The accreditation is recognition of a successful heart failure and transplant program that was established by Drs. Pearce and James K. Kirklin over the last two decades and enhanced by its move to Children’s of Alabama in 2012.

“The Healthcare Colloquium is delighted to announce the accreditation of Children’s of Alabama,” said Dr. John Lynn Jefferies, director of advanced heart failure and cardiomyopathy services at The Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, who reviewed the work done by Children’s of Alabama and was involved in the site visit. “Their dedication to advancing care for children with heart failure is exemplary, and we look forward to a productive relationship with their group.”

Children’s of Alabama is one of only 10 U.S. pediatric hospitals to be charter members of The Healthcare Colloquium. In being named to The Healthcare Colloquium, the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s was recognized for its state-of-the-art facilities, mechanical circulatory support program and scientific research as well as its track record in treating heart failure and performing heart transplants. The process of accreditation involved development, completion, and documentation of milestones that were reviewed during a recent visit. During this site visit a team of experts reviewed the Children’s milestones through presentations, toured facilities and met with many of the personnel that provide heart care to children.

The Healthcare Colloquium is the only accrediting body offering Pediatric Heart Failure Accreditation. The unique accreditation process builds on the member hospital’s prior improvement experience, leading to initial heart failure accreditation. Member hospitals work within four established domains of heart failure — community, hospital, clinicians and science — using The Healthcare Colloquium’s continuum of care model. Results include an integration of heart failure care, streamlined processes across the entire continuum of care, patient enablement and active collaboration with other Colloquium member hospitals nationwide.

Children’s cardiovascular team includes more than two dozen cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac intensivists and cardiovascular anesthesiologists. Children’s is home to more than 450 cardiac surgeries performed annually, about 700 heart catheterizations and more than 14,000 2-D and 3-D echocardiograms.

The Heart Failure and Transplant program moved to Children’s in October 2012 after more than 20 years of service at UAB and following the opening of the $400 million Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. Members of the team were participants in the design and implementation of the cardiac areas. The entire fourth floor of the facility houses the Joseph Bruno Pediatric Heart Center. The center includes a 20-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) with all private rooms, two dedicated surgical suites and three heart catheterization labs, including a hybrid cath lab, and four dedicated ECMO (heart-lung bypass) rooms. The center is connected to UAB via a skywalk to provide a single platform of care that allows physicians to move easily between facilities rather than the patients having to be transported back and forth. Making use of this single platform of care, the team has developed a formalized process of transition from pediatric to adult care that begins in early adolescence. The Healthcare Colloquium team reviewed this process as one of the milestones.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the UAB pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org or on social media at facebook.com/childrenshospitalofalabama or twitter.com/ChildrensAL.

Dr. Ann-Katrin Wilson Joins Pediatrics East

BIRMINGHAM – Ann-Katrin Wilson, MD, recently joined the staff of Pediatrics East.  She comes to Pediatrics East after 27 years of practice in the Pinson area. She will see patients at both the Trussville and Deerfoot Parkway offices.

Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University and received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at the University of Alabama Hospital and Children’s of Alabama. She is Board-certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatrics East was started as the vision of Dr. Vincent Carnaggio in 1957 to serve the pediatric community in the eastern part of Birmingham. He was joined by Dr. Andrew Charles Money after five years of growth and together they made a positive impact on pediatric health care and in the eastern area for years. With two offices, Pediatrics East provides pediatric medical care to the communities of Jefferson County, St. Clair County, Blount County and other surrounding areas.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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Red Diamond Partners With Children’s of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM –Red Diamond, one of three oldest coffee, tea and foodservice companies in the United States continuously operated by the same family, announced a new single serve product that will benefit Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital. Red Diamond’s “Warm-Hearted Blend” is now available in Walmart stores while supplies last. For every package sold, Red Diamond will donate 50 cents to Children’s of Alabama, up to $30,000.

“Red Diamond is excited to bring a unique coffee product to families who shop at Wal-Mart,” says Dave Burke, Red Diamond’s Executive Vice President. “Our products have been shared by families for more than 108 years, just as Children’s of Alabama has been sharing their world-class pediatric care with families for over a century. Children’s is a very special place.”

We are thrilled to partner with Red Diamond on this project, said Emily Hornak, Cause Marketing and Community Development Director at Children’s of Alabama. “Community Partners like Red Diamond not only support us in our efforts to bring awareness to the miracles happening here each day, but funds raised will also help us to continue to provide exceptional medical care to the children of this state.”

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report.

Red Diamond is a 108 year-old family-owned coffee, tea and foodservice company providing high quality products to leading retailers, hotels, restaurants, offices and homes across the United States. To learn more about Red Diamond visit www.reddiamond.com.

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Kayla Perry’s “Answer to Cancer” to benefit Children’s of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM – When Kayla Perry was diagnosed with high-risk stage four neuroblastoma she vowed to do anything to end childhood cancer. On Dec. 7, Kayla hopes to raise $400,000 as supporters gather for “Answer to Cancer”, an event benefitting the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

After graduating high school, Kayla began experiencing nosebleeds while studying with a Christian organization in Hawaii. She was preparing for a mission trip in Kenya when she received her rare diagnosis. The doctors informed Kayla that her chances of recovery were low and if there was anything she hoped to do, she should do it now. Kayla chose to make the time that she had left meaningful. Since her diagnosis Kayla has started classes at Auburn University in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology. When she is not in school or receiving treatment, Kayla works to raise money for cancer research through her nonprofit organization, Open Hands Overflowing Hearts.

“Answer to Cancer” will be held from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Regions Field in Birmingham. The event will draw a close to the #100ways100days campaign and honor Kayla and her fight against cancer. St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a locally based sextet, will provide the night’s entertainment along with Girls, Guns, and Glory and Amy Black. The family friendly event will include food, drinks, a silent auction, live auction, big trip giveaways and a photo booth.

Tickets are $35 for 21 years and under, $50 for a single adult, $90 for couples and $150 for a family of four with two adults and two children. Online registration is available by visiting https://commitchange.com/al/birmingham/open-hands-overflowing-hearts/events/answer-to-cancer.

Children’s of Alabama is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama is the state’s only comprehensive center for pediatric cancer and other blood disorders, treating 90 percent of all such patients diagnosed in Alabama. Specialized pediatric services exist for all forms of childhood cancer, leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and sickle cell diseases in the state. The center is a partnership between Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The ACCCBD is home to the only pediatric programs in blood and marrow transplantation, childhood cancer survivorship, developmental cancer therapeutics, pediatric neuro-oncology, pediatric hemophilia and sickle cell disease in the state of Alabama. The cancer program is ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report. More information is available at http://www.childrensal.org, Facebook.com/childrenshospitalofalabama or twitter.com/ChildrensAL.

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Children’s of Alabama Announces 2014 Card Designs for Holiday Greeting Cards

BIRMINGHAM – Original works of art from Children’s of Alabama patients have been selected to be featured on a line of holidays cards benefitting Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical center.

Each card features patient art on the front of the card and the artist’s name on the back. The cards are printed by Crinklednose.com and Children’s receives 25 percent of all card sales. Orders include envelopes and prices vary based on quantity and customization. Orders may be fully customized with optional upgrades that include:

  • Foil-lined envelopes
  • Printed return address
  • Option to include a photo
  • Addressing and mailing with provided list
  • Magnetic cards
  • Corporate logos

Prices start around $1 per card and are dependent upon quantity ordered. Individuals or businesses interested in ordering the cards should visit crinklednose.com/childrensal or call 205-638-2409.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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Internationally Recognized Juvenile Arthritis Expert Addresses Medical Staff at Children’s of Alabama on Nov. 13

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama welcomes Angelo Ravelli, PhD to give the 2nd annual KENNEDY Lectureship in Pediatric Rheumatology.   This Grand Rounds event will take place Thursday, Nov. 15 at noon. Grand Rounds is a weekly continuing medical education series for physicians and other staff of the hospital.

Dr. Ravelli is considered to be an international expert in the field of pediatric rheumatology. He will be speaking on the diagnosis of macrophage activiation syndrome (MAS) in children with systemic juvenile arthritis.

MAS is a condition that occurs in some individuals who have certain rheumatic diseases. It’s also seen in certain infections and forms of cancer. MAS is a frequently fatal condition so diagnosing and treating it early is critical.   Dr. Ravelli and his colleagues have developed a very sensitive and specific criteria for establishing the diagnosis of MAS in children with systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) for this purpose.

Family members are invited and encouraged to learn about the latest research and discoveries by watching an online, real-time broadcast of Dr. Ravelli’s presentation via their personal computers by visiting childrensal.org/cme and clicking “Live CME Opportunity.” The presentation will also be archived on the website for viewing at a later date.

Dr. Angelo Ravelli is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Genoa and Istituto Giannina Gaslini in Genoa, Italy. He has been invited to speak in more than 200 national or international meetings, and is the author or co-author of more than 220 full length articles in international scientific journals. He has been the chairman of the International Consensus Conference that has led to the develpment of the new classifications criteria for macrophage activation syndrome in systemic juvenile idopathic arthritis.

 

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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Eighth Annual Nucor Children’s Charity Classic Raises More Than $300,000 for Ill and Injured Children

BIRMINGHAM – Three hundred vendors, customers and teammates [employees] of Nucor Steel Alabama met on the greens and fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Oxmoor Valley raising more than $300,000 in the company’s Children’s Charity Classic. The annual golf tournament benefits the patients at Children’s of Alabama pediatric hospital.

Tournament activities included a four-person team scramble, a welcome dinner held at Ross Bridge with live and silent auctions and the announcement of Nucor Tuscaloosa as the winner of the Beads of Courage Journey Challenge. Nucor Tuscaloosa raised $19, 410 to help fund the Beads of Courage Program at Children’s. This program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increases the use of positive coping strategies and helps children find meaning in illness.

“Nucor, with many of our customers, suppliers and vendors, has been associated with Children’s of Alabama for eight years now, and it has been one of the most rewarding relationships,” said Mike Lee, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Decatur. “If all the monies we’ve gathered can save one life, or help one child go home, then it was worth every penny. Nucor is dedicated to its communities and all the people within. We are honored to be associated with Children’s, and are extremely grateful for its state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology that keeps the children of our great state healthy.”

Clay Rasbury, Scott Brian, Jamie Butler and Bill Jennings won the tournament. Each received a green jacket personalized with artwork by patients.

Tournament steering committee members were Todd Green, Nucor Steel Birmingham; Mike Miller, Nucor Steel Decatur; April Pitts, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa; Terry Green and Penny Bryan, American Buildings Company in Eufaula; and Pat Cagle, Vulcraft Alabama in Fort Payne.

In addition to presenting sponsor Ranger Steel, other major sponsors of the tournament include Kinder Morgan; Curbs Plus, Inc.; Chatham Steel Corporation; Sika Corporation; Parker Towing Company, Inc.; Chapel Steel; Feralloy; Siskin Steel; Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company; NEO Industries; Phoenix Metals and several dozen corporate sponsors.

Nucor Alabama operates five plants including American Buildings Company in Eufaula, Nucor Steel Birmingham, Inc., Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., Vulcraft-Alabama in Fort Payne and Nucor Steel Decatur LLC.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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Former First Lady Laura Bush is Guest of Honor and Featured Speaker

Kathy Bowers (205) 914-0357 or kathy.bowers@childrensal.org

BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 20, 2014) – Children’s of Alabama will welcome former First Lady Laura Bush to Birmingham for “A Night of Hope” on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 6 p.m. at The Club (1 Robert S. Smith Dr., Birmingham 35209.) The event, which benefits patients treated at Children’s, will feature dinner followed by remarks from Mrs. Bush.

During her first visit to the Magic City, Mrs. Bush will tour Children’s, the state’s only freestanding medical facility devoted solely to pediatric health care.

Individual and group seating is available at www.childrensal.kintera.org/nightofhope. Seating is limited.

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global health care innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.

Born in Midland, Texas, to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she married George W. Bush. The Bushes are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and proud grandparents of Mila Hager.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and is ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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Children’s of Alabama presents the Duley Lecture Series; Unique Event Designed to Help Faith Leaders and Medical Community Improve Care for Children

Contact: Adam Kelley (adam.kelley@childrensal.org), 205-638-2947

BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 16, 2014) – Both pediatricians and faith leaders often find themselves at the forefront of caring for children and their families during difficult times. On Oct. 30, these two groups will come together to collaborate and focus on the well-being and safety of Alabama children.

Children’s of Alabama will present its inaugural Duley Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 till 7:30 p.m. at its Bradley Lecture Center (1600 6th Avenue South).  Pediatricians, ministers, children’s program leaders and faith leaders are invited to attend and contribute.

Topics include:

  • Identifying children at risk for abuse
  • Discussing current child abuse issues with care takers, medical providers and faith leaders
  • Examining ways medical providers and the faith community can collaborate to advocate for children.

The Duley Lecture Series was created in honor of Rev. Doreen Duley, who served Children’s for more than 20 years as a chaplain and director of Pastoral Care at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

Registration is free but preregistration is required online at www.childrensal.kintera.org/duleylecture. This educational and inspirational event is the centerpiece of Pastoral Care’s annual observance of Children’s Sabbath, a faith-based initiative of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 659,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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UAB, Children’s Tourette Clinic Named National Tourette Syndrome Association Center of Excellence

Contact: Adam Kelley, Children’s of Alabama, 205-638-6660, adam.kelley@childrensal.org or Bob Shepherd, UAB, 205-934-8934, bshep@uab.edu

BIRMINGHAM (October 16, 2014)  – An innovative clinic housed at Children’s of Alabama and associated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has led to UAB and a consortium of Southern universities being named one of the 10 Tourette Syndrome Association Centers of Excellence by the Tourette Syndrome Association.

The Tourette Syndrome Association Centers of Excellence (CofE) designation is designed to increase awareness and understanding of Tourette Syndrome among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological condition that causes people to make involuntary sounds and/or movements called tics.

UAB is part of a consortium that includes Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Patient care for the program is delivered at Children’s of Alabama  through its Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) program under the care of Dr. Leon Dure, a professor of pediatric neurology at UAB and the William Bew White Jr., Chair of Pediatric Neurology at Children’s. CBIT is an innovative drug-free, behavioral-based approach for children coping with Tourette Syndrome or other tic disorders.

Through CBIT, children are taught to become more aware of their tics and trained to perform a competing behavior immediately when they feel the urge to tic. This competing response helps to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the tic. These new strategies help the child manage his or her tic disorder with discretion and confidence.

Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA, coordinates CBIT. She brought the program to Children’s from UAB in 2013. Rowe is the first occupational therapist to coordinate a comprehensive behavioral intervention program for tic disorders and continues to train occupational therapists throughout the country to work with children who have Tourette Syndrome or tic disorders. Patients come from all over the country to participate in Rowe’s program at Children’s due to the limited availability of this therapy.

Studies show that up to one in 100 children in the United States have Tourette Syndrome or another tic disorder. Tics typically begin around age 6 and peak between 9 and 11 years. Previously the only treatment for tics was medication, which typically had poor results and negative side effects.

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About the national Tourette Syndrome Association
Founded in 1972, the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is the only national, voluntary health organization serving the Tourette Syndrome community. The TSA has a three-pronged mission to identify the cause of, control the effects of, and to find a cure for Tourette Syndrome through education, research and service. The TSA directs a network of 32 Chapters and more than 55 support groups across the country. For more information on TS, call 1-888-4-TOURET, visit http://tsa-usa.org, and on Facebook and Twitter.