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BIRMINGHAM (October 28, 2013) – Children’s of Alabama recently launched one of the state’s first fully pediatric healthcare blogs entitled Instructions Not Included.
Instructions Not Included – so named because every parent knows children don’t come with an instructions manual – is designed for caregivers (parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers) featuring posts from Children’s of Alabama experts, physicians, local parents and more. Posts will feature medical news, health information, research innovations and perspectives from clinicians and hospital staff. Topics will range from general health and wellness to advocacy, safety and public health and safety issues. Weekly articles will discuss the evolving world of healthcare and provide insight into health topics many families may be tentative to discuss. Readers can have their questions answered and are invited to share opinions on what they want from their doctors and healthcare providers.
“We encourage community participation and topic suggestions,” said Amy Dabbs, Children’s Digital Communications Coordinator. “We are excited to be able to share some of the resources we have with the public in this new and creative way.”
Those interested in making submissions may contact Dabbs through the blog or call 205-638-6660. She also said Children’s will use the blog to answer questions from the health care community, public and employees. The Instructions Not Included blog is the most recent addition to the hospital’s social media efforts, which also include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Readers are encouraged to engage by sharing posts on their own social media sites and commenting on blog entries. An RSS feed option is also available so readers can subscribe and receive real time updates.
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 four 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. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.