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Children's Announces New Director at Children's South; Adds Staff at Russell Campus

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama recently named a new director of Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center and added a new pharmacy compliance officer and neurosurgeon.

Walter Shaw, MSN, RN, was named director of Children’s South. Shaw joined Children’s in 1984, serving most recently as department director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit, cardiac care unit, cardiac catheterization labs and interventional radiology.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from UAB. He is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and lives in Hoover.

Sarah Hancock, Pharm. D., recently has joined Children’s of Alabama as pharmacy compliance officer. Hancock holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy, both from the University of Georgia. Hancock was most recently a pharmacy supervisor with the Office of the Inspector General Georgia Department of Community Health. She has also worked at several hospitals in Atlanta, including Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Northside Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Hancock is from Dalton, Ga., and lives in Vestavia Hills.

Dr. Brandon G. Rocque has joined Children’s medical staff as a neurosurgeon. Rocque graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and his master’s degree in clinical investigation from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisc. Rocque completed his residency and fellowship in spine surgery at UW in the department of neurological surgery. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at UAB. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery. Rocque is from Atlanta and lives in Mountain Brook.

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