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Inside Pediatrics Podcast

The practice, founded in 1977, was originally affiliated with Lloyd Noland Hospital. Children’s of Alabama purchased it in 2001. Today, Pediatrics West operates two offices, Bessemer and McAdory, with a combined staff of 10 physicians, all of whom are board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The practice serves patients ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds. Both offices offer comprehensive patient care including referrals, medication management, diagnostic tests, immunization administrations and other services.

Pediatrics West Bessemer and McAdory proudly received Patient-Centered Medical Home certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.


Charlotte Prejean, MD, FAAP

Janet Harris, MD, FAAP

Tracy Brookings, MD, FAAP

Abby Allen, MD, FAAP

MeKeisha Pickens, MD, FAAP

Hugh Cheek, MD, FAAP

Catherine Cotney, MD, FAAP

Taylor S. McClanahan, MD, FAAP

Charles Schlappi, MD, FAAP

Margaret E. Wester, MD, FAAP

Pediatrics West - Bessemer
1090 9th Avenue SW, Suite 100
Bessemer, AL 35022

Pediatrics West - McAdory
4730 Bell Hill Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient, outpatient and primary care throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and nearly every state. Children’s 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 full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.