Our Team

Chrystal RutledgeChrystal Rutledge, MD

Dr. Rutledge is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.  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 Children’s of Alabama Critical Care Transport Team. Her non-clinical time is devoted to simulation education. 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.


Kristen Waddell, MSN, CRNP, CCRN

Kristen Waddell, MSN, CRNP, CCRN is the senior nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s of Alabama and the program coordinator for the Children’s of Alabama Community Healthcare Education Simulation (COACHES) Program. She also serves as the Chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Council at Children’s of Alabama and is currently a board member for the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. As the COACHES program coordinator, she is responsible for all scheduling and communication between hospitals and the COACHES team. She firmly believes that simulation provides healthcare providers the opportunity to practice critical skills and gain confidence in caring for patients in a non-intimidating environment.


Stacy Gaither, MSN, RN

Stacy Gaither MSN, RN started her job as Director of Research for the Pediatric Simulation Center at Children’s of Alabama in February 2016. Mrs. Gaither is also the research coordinator for the Children’s of Alabama Community Healthcare Education Simulation (COACHES) Program. She has been a nurse for over 24 years and prior to stepping into her research role she was in the position of charge nurse in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children’s of Alabama. She has co-authored several manuscripts and poster presentations while working in the simulation center. Mrs. Gaither is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Pediatric Simulation Society.


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 heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and more. Eloise can be intubated and placed on a ventilator, have a peripheral IV or intraosseous line placed and more. 


Need other information? You can reach us at 205-638-5811 or COACHES@childrensal.org.