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McBride and Ross Promoted in ECMO Department - Archived

BIRMINGHAM - Children’s of Alabama recently named employees Martha McBride and Jenny Ross to new positions in its Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) department. ECMO is similar to the heart-lung bypass used in the operating room but is used for longer periods of time.

McBride was named ECMO Clinical Coordinator. She is responsible for developing patient care standards, serving as the Neonatal ECMO Nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and as clinician for ECMO patients who are older than age 2. She is a graduate from Troy University and received her master’s degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). McBride lives in Hoover. 

Ross has been named the ECMO Lead Primer, a specialized ECMO nurse, and will be in charge of day-to-day management including staffing, equipment and quality control and lead in education of the staff.  She also earned her bachelor’s degree from Troy and lives in Hoover.

Children’s ECMO Program has supported over 800 infants and children since it began in 1987.  In 2016, Children’s ECMO Program was awarded the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Award for Excellence in Life Support at the Platinum Level. It is one of only four ECMO programs in the world to receive its highest award. 

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 U.S. 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, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at