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BIRMINGHAM (September 12, 2011) – Children’s of Alabama announces the addition of several new staff members to its management team.
Heather W. Baty, formerly Audiology Supervisor in the Children’s Hospital Charity League Hearing and Speech Clinic, has been named Director of Hearing and Speech. Baty is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned both her undergraduate and masters degrees in Communication Disorders. She completed a doctorate in clinical audiology from the Arizona School of Health Science and now serves as an adjunct professor for the school, teaching graduate audiology classes in its distance learning program.

Michelle D. Galipeau has been named Director of Employee Relations. She is a graduate of Faulkner University in Huntsville with a degree in business administration and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.  Galipeau has extensive experience in human resources management, most recently with Mercedes Benz US International and as director of human resources for St. Vincent’s Health System.

Jill Jones Smith has been appointed Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Smith joins Children’s of Alabama from Cooper Green Mercy Hospital where she was nurse manager of the Maternal/Infant and OB/GYN Clinic. She has also served in a director role in NICUs at Brookwood Medical Center and Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as ECMO coordinator at the University of Kentucky. Jones received both her RN and MSN from the University of Kentucky.
Robert J. Royston has been named Counsel/Risk Manager. He is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Law. Royston comes to Children’s of Alabama from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama where he served as assistant counsel. His healthcare experience includes positions with DCH Healthcare Authority and West Virginia University Hospitals.

Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit, or