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Children's Announces Appointments, Promotions

BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 9, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama announces several new additions and promotions among its staff. Linda Coogan joined Children's as director of performance improvement, and Dr. Kristin Mizerany joined Midtown Pediatrics. Jacob Harper, MSN, RN has been promoted to the role of nurse manager.

Coogan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. She obtained her master's degree in health care administration from UAB. She has held several quality improvement positions at hospitals around the country. She is Certified in Healthcare Quality and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Coogan lives in Alabaster.

Mizerany earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Texas at Houston. While at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University she also completed her pediatric internship. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Mizerany lives in Vestavia Hills.

Harper has been promoted to the role of nurse manager. Harper received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery and a master’s in nursing leadership and management from Walden University. He is a basic life support (BSL) instructor and is certified in ventilator patient care. He has been employed with Children’s since 1996. Harper lives in Wilsonville.

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 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, 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

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