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Children's Promotes Hargis and Napper; Olis Earns Accreditation

Children’s of Alabama recently promoted Heather Hargis, MSHA, MBA, FACHE, to vice president of operations and Christi Napper, MSHA, MBA, to director of facilities development and institutional planning. Additionally Rachel Olis, APR, is now Accredited in Public Relations.

Hargis graduated from Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She has master’s degrees in business administration and health administration, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her administrative residency at Children’s of Alabama. Hargis is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow. Hargis also assumes new duties as the senior administrator for the laboratory services division while continuing to serve as division director of the cardiovascular services division. She is a native of Birmingham and lives in Mount Olive.

Napper graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and business. She has master’s degrees in health administration and business administration, both from UAB, and completed her administrative residency at Children’s. In her previous role, she was involved with the planning and construction of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children as well as strategic planning, facility planning and regulatory compliance. Napper is a native of Gadsden and lives in Pelham.

Olis is senior media relations coordinator. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Accreditation in Public Relations is a voluntary certification program for public relations professionals. It is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board, a consortium of eight leading public relations organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America. Olis joined Children’s in 2007 and has served on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 2010. She is a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., and lives in Calera.

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