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Children's of Alabama Receives National Award for PICU Improvements
BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama was recognized this week by the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) with a Pediatric Quality Award for waste reduction and improved efficiency.

The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and orthopedic group at Children’s worked together to standardize care for adolescent spinal fusion patients. The new processes give families an opportunity to participate in care and understand expectations prior to PICU admission. The results were shorter hospital stays for these patients and their families as well as a cost savings of more than $800,000 for the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

Members of the Children’s project team were Leslie Hayes, M.D.; LaTanya Higginbottom; Lauren Jones, RN; Joseph Khoury, M.D.; Delicia Mason, RN; Ashley Penn, CRNP; Paige Perry, RN; Vicki Shinick, RN; Tom Shufflebarger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Shirley Ward, RN, and Kristen Waddell, CRNP.

Awarded biennially by the CHA, the Pediatric Quality Award honors successful quality improvement initiatives that significantly improve care for pediatric patients. The winners were announced during the the Quality and Safety in Children’s Health Conference in New Orleans, La., on March 8. Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital in Connecticut was the overall winner of the 2015 Pediatric Quality Award for an initiative to reduce the number of days infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome are hospitalized. Other winners included Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C.; Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU, in Portland, Ore.; and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The CHA is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. 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, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at