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Inside Pediatrics Podcast

Children’s of Alabama was redesignated as a Level 1 Trauma Center for the State of Alabama by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Children’s has held this designation continually since 2013.

Critically injured patients with life-threatening injuries require quick, specialized care that can only be provided by a trauma center. A Level 1 Trauma Center has resources to provide the highest level of surgical care for trauma patients.

Children’s treats about 400 trauma patients per year and is one of just four trauma centers in Alabama with the highest level of designation. Others are UAB, South Alabama and Huntsville Hospital.

Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Russell, Adam Lansdon and Lillie Williams, Children’s Trauma Services team provides specialized care to patients who meet established criteria for Trauma Team activation or patients referred to Children’s for pediatric trauma care.

The Trauma Center at Children’s of Alabama also provides care ranging from initial assessment in the Trauma Room, the Emergency Department and/or one of the Critical Care Units through the Rehabilitation phase of inpatient care, and continuing through outpatient clinic follow-up.

Children’s Trauma Center team is also actively engaged in multiple community outreach programs like URKEYS2DRV and The Lutzie 43 Foundation.

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, 45 other states and six 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 childrensal.org.