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Children’s of Alabama Names Nursing, Operations Leaders

BIRMINGHAM – The Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees announced the promotion of two administrators at its December 2019 meeting. Andrew B. Loehr, RN, MSN, PNP, has been named chief nursing officer, and Jamie Dabal, MSHA, MBA, FACHE, has been named Vice President of Operations.

Loehr joined the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility in 2014 as vice president of nursing operations. He previously held clinical and leadership roles at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Loehr graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He received his master’s degree in nursing and pediatric nurse practitioner certification from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dabal joined Children’s in 2008 from The University of Florida Shands Hospital in Jacksonville. She will continue to provide administrative leadership for the hospital’s supply chain, central distribution, receiving and pharmacy departments and will take on additional responsibilities with environmental services, dietary, central transportation, security and surgical services. Dabal is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, and holds MSHA and MBA degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States.