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BIRMINGHAM (April 13, 2012) - Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham will be covered in tracks made by approximately 300 people participating in “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” an event that raises money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center at Children’s of Alabama. The one-mile walk, sponsored by Health Care Procurement Solutions LLC, takes place Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Water and snacks will also be provided. The walk takes place at Railroad Park, Birmingham’s 19-acre green space that celebrates the city’s industrial and artistic heritage. Participants will meet under the pavilion. Three laps around the park equal one mile. To register for the event, visit http://www.childrensal.kintera.org/walkamile, or call (205) 558-2751.
The CHIPS Center provides care for children and families who are dealing with physical and/or sexual abuse. The CHIPS staff is a team of specially trained clinical counselors, doctors, social workers and nurses. Services are provided free and include counseling, forensic medical evaluations and support services.
“Every child deserves to feel safe,” says CHIPS Director Deb Schneider. “Our quest is to offer help and healing to children who have been abused. Each year, the Center provides more than 300 medical exams and more than 1,000 counseling sessions to children who have been physically or sexually abused.”
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is currently licensed for 275 beds. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June.