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Aldag Joins Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees

BIRMINGHAM – Edward K. Aldag, Jr., recently began appointment on the Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees. The all-volunteer board helps operate the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.

Aldag is the founder of Medical Properties Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and has served as its chairman, president and chief executive officer since MPT’s founding in August 2003.

A native of Eufaula, Ala. and a graduate of Eufaula High School, Aldag earned his bachelor's degree in commerce and business with a major in corporate finance from the University of Alabama in 1986. He is married to Melinda Bishop Aldag with whom he has three grown children, all of whom received care at Children’s while they were growing up. The Aldags reside in Birmingham.

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, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 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 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at