Our Team

Chrystal RutledgeChrystal Rutledge, MD

Dr. Rutledge is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from UAB School of Medicine in 2008, completed a pediatrics residency at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC in 2011 and a pediatric critical care fellowship at UAB/Children’s of Alabama in 2014. Her clinical time is spent taking care of critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's of Alabama. She is also medical director of the Children’s of Alabama Critical Care Transport Team. Her non-clinical time is devoted to simulation education and health equity initiatives. She is an assistant program director of the UAB Pediatrics Residency Program and focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for residents. She is the associate medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Children's of Alabama as well as the program director for the Children's of Alabama Community Healthcare Education Simulation (COACHES) Program. She feels that simulation allows for health care providers to practice needed resuscitation skills which are crucial and time sensitive but sometimes rarely used. Her major goal is to use simulation to improve pediatric care in community hospitals throughout Alabama where taking care of critically ill children is low frequency but high risk.


Stacy Gaither, MSN, RN

Stacy Gaither MSN, RN is the Director of Research for the Pediatric Simulation Center at Children’s of Alabama. Mrs. Gaither is a program coordinator for the Children’s of Alabama Community Healthcare Education Simulation (COACHES) Program. She has been a nurse for over 27 years with experience in the operating room and pediatric hematology and oncology. Prior to stepping into her research role in the pediatric simulation center, she was in the position of charge nurse in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children’s of Alabama. She has presented at regional and international conferences and has co-authored several manuscripts while working in the simulation center. Mrs. Gaither is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Pediatric Simulation Society and remains actively involved in simulation based research. She believes that simulation is an important tool in training healthcare providers to care for pediatric patients.


Carrie Norwood, MSHI, BSN, RN, CPN, CHSE

Carrie Norwood, MSHI, BSN, RN, CPN, CHSE joined the Children’s of Alabama Community Healthcare Education Simulation (COACHES) team in early 2021 as a program coordinator. Ms. Norwood is also an Advanced Nurse Educator in the Pediatric Simulation Center at Children’s of Alabama. She has been a nurse for over 15 years, all of which has been spent at Children’s of Alabama. Her previous roles include working as a staff nurse in the Special Care Unit for approximately 10 years and physician documentation improvement before joining the simulation team in 2016. She is a member of both the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Pediatric Simulation Society and has had the opportunity to present simulation.


Eloise

Eloise is a high fidelity simulation manikin and can range in age from newborn to 18 months depending on each scenario. She breathes, with visible chest rise, and has audible heart, lung, and bowel sounds. She has palpable left radial and brachial pulses, as well as bilateral femoral pulses. Eloise has her own monitor that will display her vital signs. Eloise can vocalize, can be intubated and placed on a ventilator, have a peripheral IV or intraosseous line placed, appear cyanotic, and can seize.


Caleb

Caleb is a high fidelity, wireless simulation manikin that can range in age from 4 to 10 years old depending on the scenario. He breathes, with visible chest rise, and has audible heart, lung, and bowel sounds.  He can speak in multiple languages, has interactive eyes, different facial expressions, and the ability to cry actual tears. Caleb has palpable pulses bilaterally in the carotid, brachial, radial, femoral, and pedal areas, and also has a light that depicts capillary refill.  Caleb has his own monitor that will display vital signs.  He can be intubated and placed on a ventilator, have a peripheral IV or intraosseous line placed, have a chest tube inserted, have a urinary catheter placed with urine flow, and can have his finger stuck to obtain a capillary blood glucose.  


Need more information? You can reach us at 205-638-6669 or COACHES@childrensal.org.