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Title
Pediatric Pulmonology Recognized for CF Care
Date
10/26/2015
Description
BIRMINGHAM (October 26, 2015) - Pediatric Pulmonology at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was recently selected as a recipient of the annual Quality Care Aware by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

The criteria set forth for being considered for the award is sustained quality improvement work that improved outcomes. The Quality Improvement performance standards which the Committee will use to identify Centers that meet this criteria include:
• The center actively uses clinical outcomes data to identify opportunities for improvement and documents results of improvement efforts;
• aligns improvement efforts to result in measurable improvement in important clinical outcomes
• consistently and actively involves patients and families in identifying, designing, and/or implementing improvement efforts;
• employs innovative strategies to improve care processes and outcomes; and implements system changes that result in high reliability of care processes.

Working with the CFF Center Committee, the CF Foundation instituted the Quality Care Award in 2008. The awards are presented each year at the U.S. Center and Program Directors’ meeting held in conjunction with the CFF North American CF Conference. Recipients of the award are chosen by the CFF Center Committee from the Programs visited during the most recent fall and spring site visit cycles previous to NACFC . The CF Center was also a recipient of the Quality Care Award in 2009, during a previous site visit.

Pediatric Pulmonology specializes in the treatment of patients with a variety of lung disorders, including asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung diseases, pneumonias, sleep disorders, lung problems related to neuromuscular disorders and ventilator-dependence.

Pediatric Pulmonology is a leader in all facets of academic medicine including care, education, and research. It includes 15 faculty members and nearly 85 divisional personnel dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of pediatric pulmonary disorders. It is the home of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), the UAB CFFT Therapeutic Development Network Translational Research Center, the UAB Center for CFTR Detection Core within the CFFT-TDN, a CFF accredited CF Care Center, and the Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development (TReNDD) Program. It supports subspecialty fellowship training in both Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine and master's level training in nursing, social work, nutrition and respiratory therapy.

Specialty clinics offered include:
• Asthma
• BPD
• Cystic Fibrosis
• General Pulmonary (including urgent referrals)
• Home Ventilator and Technology Dependence
• Sleep (including behavioral sleep disorders, and CPAP/BiPAP management)

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. 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 UAB pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.