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BIRMINGHAM (March 1, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama recently named Dawn Walton as its Chief Financial Officer where she will oversee the day-to-day operations of the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.
A 20-year veteran in the financial profession, Walton previously served as Children’s Vice President, Controller and Interim CFO. She earned degrees in business and accounting from Troy University and is a Certified Public Accountant. After graduation, she joined Ernst & Young, and after a brief tenure with Disney, moved back to Birmingham where she returned to Ernst & Young. From there, she was recruited to Children’s 13 years ago.
A resident of Vestavia Hills, Dawn and her husband, Ted, have been married for 20 years, and they have three daughters. She has been a loaned executive to the United Way of Central Alabama and a participant in the Momentum Program for women business leaders. She was a board member of Better Basics for eight years and served as its chairman for two years. Walton was also president of the Alabama Chapter of HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association).
Natalie Nelson Named Employee Wellness Coordinator
Natalie Nelson recently was named to the position of Employee Wellness Coordinator in the Human Resources Department of Children’s of Alabama. An Auburn University graduate, Nelson previously was a member of the benefits department at Molton, Allen & Williams in Birmingham. In pursuit to foster a culture of health among employees, Nelson will coordinate and promote the various programs which advocate overall well-being for Children’s of Alabama employees in the areas of physical and mental health, financial stability, and positive work and personal environments. The Children’s Way to Healthy Living is a human resources program which offers employees: rewards based on healthy living such as biometric screenings, miles logged on a pedometer or attending wellness events; free programs for prenatal classes, diabetes management and tobacco cessation; financial, legal and mental/emotional counseling and referrals through the Employee Assistance Program; on-site weight management and massage therapist; and partnerships with UAB Recreation Center, YMCA and Gold’s Gym.
About Children’s of Alabama:
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. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. 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 outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. 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 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.