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Southwest Airlines® Donates $10,000 to Fight Pediatric Heart Disease at Children's of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama has been chosen to receive a $10,000 donation for its Pediatric Cardiology program from Southwest Airlines.

Children’s was chosen as one of 101 charities to receive a portion of a $1 million donation from Southwest’s LUV Classic golf tournament, which was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past 35 years, the LUV Classic has supported 213 charities across the country and donated more than $19 million to support life-changing programs and services for children and their families. Despite the cancellation of the tournament this year, Southwest remains dedicated to honoring its longstanding tradition of helping organizations that are important to the communities it serves.

As a joint cooperative of Children's of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama is a leader in comprehensive cardiac care for the children and adults with congenital heart disease in Alabama and southeastern United States. The design of facilities involving both Children's and UAB embodies a visionary platform of care in which the patient (whether still in the womb, a newborn, a teenager or an adult) will receive management of their disease in an environment best suited for his/her health needs. The Joseph S. Bruno Heart Center, located in the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, physically links the Children’s surgical suite, intensive care unit and the catherization labs with the delivery suites, the neonatal intensive care units and the outpatient cardiology clinic, all located in UAB’s Women and Infants Center as well as the adult congenital heart surgery facilities. This provides a continuum of care for patients with congenital heart disease and allows our multidisciplinary team of specialists to move efficiently from one end of the platform to the other.

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.