Children's of Alabama Spina Bifida Program Earns SBA Distinction
BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama’s Spina Bifida Program has met the standards of a Spina Bifida Association (SBA) Clinic Care Partner. The new SBA program is an initiative that stems from the existing Spina Bifida Collaborative Care Network (SBCCN), which works to identify the needs of people with Spina Bifida, connect with healthcare providers, identify clinics with the best outcomes and identify research priorities.
The program partnership is based on 10 standards that were developed based on the experiences of similar conditions, input from the community and literature about Spina Bifida. Clinics who become SBA Care Clinic Partners implement best practices so that people with Spina Bifida receive the best care possible in order to have fulfilling lives. Clinics designated as SBA Clinic Care Partners have the opportunity to collaborate with other providers and SBA, and to share ideas with a national network of providers that also have been recognized as SBA Clinic Care Partners.
The inaugural group of awardees will be presented at the SBA Clinical Care Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a date to be determined.
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 and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 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. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.