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Children's of Alabama Announces Personnel News

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama announces several promotions, appointments and awards, as well as new additions to its medical staff.

Andrew B. Loehr, RN, MSN, PNP has joined the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility as vice president of nursing operations. Loehr graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He received his master’s degree in nursing and pediatric nurse practitioner certification from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Loehr has been with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City since 2000, most recently serving as director of nursing in the emergency department. Loehr lives in Hoover.

Brian Dickson, RN, BSN, CPEN was named medication safety coordinator for performance improvement at Children’s. Dickson joined Children’s in 2004, serving most recently as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. Dickson received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in nursing education at Samford University. He is a member director of the Alabama League for Nursing and a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association. Dickson lives in Jasper.

Barbara Lovvorn, BSN, MSHSA was named division director of critical care services. Lovvorn joined Children’s in 2004, serving most recently as director of specialty care services. Lovvorn received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UAB and her master’s degree in health service administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.  Lovvorn lives in Pell City.

Garland Stansell, APR, Children’s chief communications officer, was nominated as a Director-At-Large on the PRSA International Board of Directors with a term beginning in January, 2015. Stansell was nominated along with eight other PRSA members for officer and director positions. A vote of the PRSA Leadership Assembly will be held at its annual meeting on Oct. 11, prior to the opening of the PRSA 2014 International Conference in Washington, D.C. PRSA is the largest professional organization of public relations practitioners in the world with 33,000 members and students. He lives in Hoover.

Kelly Randall, patient safety manager, was appointed to the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Quality and Safety Leaders Forum Group Steering Committee. This committee is responsible for creating curricula, content and meetings for participating hospitals. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association advances public policy enabling hospitals to better serve children, and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals. Randall lives in Auburn.

Theresa Flint Rodgers, DNP, CRNP, pulmonary nurse practitioner, was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the National Black Nurses Association. The award recognizes excellence in the clinical area at the advanced practice level. The National Black Nurses Association represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the U.S., Eastern Caribbean and Canada, with 90 chartered chapters in 35 states. Rodgers lives in Irondale.

Additionally, several doctors have joined Children’s medical staff. Jaime McKinney, MD, Leslie Rhodes, MD, and Chrystal Rutledge, MD, will treat patients in critical care. Madhura Hallman, MD, Kaitlin Hill, MD, and Katherine Hoops, MD, will treat patients in pediatric hospital medicine. Hannah Hightower, MD, and Charitharth Lal, MD, will treat patients in neonatal and perinatal medicine. Rani Singh, MD, will treat patients in neurology.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. Children’s is 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 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, 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 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. In 2012, Children’s moved much of its inpatient services into a new facility named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at

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