We Got the Beat: Children’s of Alabama Celebrating Kids’ Heart Health This February

BIRMINGHAM — Kids suffering from cardiovascular disease may seem rare, but they often require the care of a pediatric subspecialist like those found only at Children’s of Alabama. Congenital heart disease (CHD) isn’t contagious — one cannot catch it like you can the flu or a cold — but it is common, affecting about 40,000 births per year in the United States, or about one percent of all births.

In fact, CHD kills more children each year than all the cancers combined and is the top killer of children born with developmental abnormalities. Survival of infants with CHD and other congenital defects depends on how severe the defect is, when it is diagnosed and how it is treated. Children with CHD are about 50 percent more likely to receive special education services compared to children without birth defects.

“Heart disease in children certainly occurs less frequently than in adults,” said Dr. Yung Lau, a pediatric electrophysiologist at Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). “However it is the most common birth defect, and while most of these children are found during infancy, in a significant number of children the symptoms of heart disease may develop later in childhood and teenage years. Our team of over 250 members specializing in treating children with heart disease feel very fortunate to care for these children at one of the best facilities in the U.S., and we are thrilled that during the month of February, heart month, the public will have multiple opportunities to learn more about Children’s clinic and research programs, which will raise the awareness about pediatric and congenital heart disease.”

In addition to the medical costs of care for CHDs, families of children with CHDs can face other costs, such as lifestyle changes, emotional stress, family uncertainty and being unable to return to work in order to care for their child.
Children’s Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama had more than 455 inpatient admissions last year, and staff performed more than 325 cardiopulmonary bypass surgeries and more than 575 cardiac catheterizations. Each of these procedures represents a child with a critical health need.

Join Children’s of Alabama this February as we celebrate National Heart Month and the child heroes in our care through the following events:
• Spectrum (formerly Charter Cable) will run public service announcements about pediatric cardiovascular disease throughout February.
• Children’s will host the Journey of the Heart Cardiovascular Workshop to enhance the understanding of children with congenital and acquired heart disease at its Russell Campus on Friday, Feb. 12. Seating is limited. Contact Paula Midyette at paula.midyette@childrensal.org for details.
• The annual Music & Miracles Radiothon will broadcast live from the Dothan Walmart, 3300 S. Oates St., Dothan, AL 36301, on Feb. 10 and 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The public is invited to participate by tuning in to 95.5 (WTVY-FM) during the broadcast or by visiting Walmart during the event. Families also are invited to Walmart to share their own Children’s stories.
• Children’s Russell Building will be illuminated in red in honor of National Heart Month throughout February.
• Children’s website will feature a variety of videos about some of the young patients being treated for cardiovascular disease. The public is invited to visit http://www.childrensal.org/heart to donate online and meet these remarkable youngsters.
• By starting heart-healthy habits right now, kids can reduce the chance they will ever need to worry about cardiovascular disease. Visit http://www.childrensal.org/heart for a complete list of heart-healthy tips.
• The public is invited to share its stories of patients who have fought heart-related illness and injury at http://www.childofchildrens.org.
• Children’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog and YouTube channel will feature patient stories that spotlight patients, families and staff all month.
• Kendra Scott (225 Summit Blvd., Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35243) is hosting a Give Back Night on Thursday, Feb. 18. The event runs from 5–8 p.m. Children’s Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama will receive a percentage of sales from that night.
• Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market (3300 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222) will create a signature floral arrangement that will be available online for the month of February. A percentage from each floral arrangement will benefit the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama.
• The Walmart Supercenter in Alabaster (630 Colonial Promenade Pkwy., Alabaster, AL 35007) will host a Heart Health Awareness Fair on Feb. 27.
• The Photogenic Baby Contest at The Summit babyGap (240 Summit Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35243). Visit http://www.photogenicbaby.com for details.

In an ongoing effort to ensure that students and staff in Alabama schools are well-equipped with and trained to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), Alabama LifeStart recently named 15 new schools as “HeartSafe Schools.” These schools are being honored throughout February for agreeing to incorporate training on the devices into their health or physical education curricula. The training and the installation of a second AED will improve the school’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to sudden cardiac arrest. School nurses will conduct the training. The following schools will be receiving a free AED from Alabama LifeStart:

o Butler County Innovation School, Greenville
o East Limestone High School, Athens
o Athens Bible School, Athens
o Prattville Christian Academy, Prattville
o Midfield High School, Midfield
o Montevallo High School, Montevallo
o Fairfield High Preparatory, Fairfield
o Gadsden City High School, Gadsden
o Greenville High School, Greenville
o Williamson High School, Mobile
o Good Hope High School, Good Hope
o Brewer High School, Somerville
o Decatur Christian Heritage Academy, Decatur
o Buckhorn High School, Buckhorn
o Georgiana School, Georgiana

Children’s of Alabama is the 10th-busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. The cardiovascular program is ranked among the Top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More information is available at http://www.childrensal.org/heart. Children’s 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.

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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