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National Safety Group Recognizes Children's of Alabama For High Achievement In Patient Safety

BIRMINGHAM – The Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) collaborative recently recognized Children’s of Alabama for achieving “Navigator” status.

To achieve Navigator status, SPS member hospitals must adopt 11 practices of leading pediatric hospitals. These achievements suggest progress toward the collaborative’s mission of eliminating serious harm in hospitals. Areas of focus include: Leadership Engagement, High Reliability Culture, Process Reliability and Standardization and Discovery and Innovation.

“We are proud of what this designation represents,” said Amy Hobbs, Children’s Patient Safety Manager. “It represents Children’s and our pediatric partners at UAB doing a lot of hard work moving to a national level of proving a safe environment for the families and patients in our care.”

In 2019 Children’s completed its seventh year as a participant in the SPS network. As SPS has grown, the network has observed what differentiates members who are achieving progress toward zero harm at an accelerated pace compared to the network average. Based on observation, SPS has concluded that hospitals that have a greater investment in key improvement efforts achieve results faster and across more domains of harm and, importantly, are in a greater position to share with others. Employing an “All teach, all learn” philosophy, SPS member hospitals have identified 11 milestones that the group believes will help achieve its mission and goals of eliminating serious harm.

SPS began in 2009 when eight Ohio children’s hospitals – Akron Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Dayton Children’s, Mercy Health Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital and UH/Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital – decided to put aside competition, transparently share data and work together to eliminate serious safety events in their hospitals.

More information about SPS is available at The National Patient Safety Foundation has an online resource center with tips and tools for patients and their families available at:

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, 42 other states and seven 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 one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at