As employees of institutions that are in the business of providing patient care, we must always be aware of the manpower needs of the area in which we work during unusually bad weather.

The dynamics of the Department make it necessary for us to observe an institution specific policy. In the event that the Birmingham area experiences inclement weather, we will observe the following guidelines regarding pediatric personnel and time reporting.

• Employees of UAB are expected to follow established procedures when the institution is officially closed. Always listen to WBHM (90.3 FM) as the official source of information regarding UAB closing or call the Bad Weather Hotline at 934-2165.

• Employees of HSF who work in the Children's Hospital (in patient care areas) will follow established procedures for the Children's Hospital. If the hospital is open or remains open and other areas (e.g., UAB and HSF) have officially closed you must make arrangements to remain on duty or report to work at your regularly scheduled time. To check the official status of Children's Hospital, please call 638-6200 and choose option #2 for an update.

• During impending inclement weather situations, if an employee must leave work (due to an emergency) prior to the institution's official close, the time away must be charged to vacation or personal holiday.

If your area is officially open and the weather situation (or problems due to the weather) will not allow you to make it in to work; you must call your supervisor for instructions. The time away can be charged to vacation or personal holiday with your supervisor's approval.

If there are specific questions regarding this policy, please contact Jason Turner at 638-5466 or Karen Brooks at 638-5461 for clarification. 

REVISED DATE: October 18, 2005

Spotlight

Pediatric Physicians Receive Four of Nine
2015 Dean's Excellence Awards

Dr. AschermanLee I. Ascherman, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, is a senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement. 

Dr. KingMichele Kong, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care, is the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award for Service. She is the co-founder of KultureCity a non-profit for individuals with autism and their families. Kong has a unique background that plays a role in her dedication and devotion to service to her school and field, said Richard J. Whitley, M.D., UAB Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics.
 
Dr. Madan SwainAvi Madan-Swain, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Service. Madan-Swain created and implemented the Division’s Hope and Cope Psychosocial Program.

Dr. Nichols
Michele Nichols, MD, professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Education. Nichols has made significant contributions within the department, serving as the director of the Pediatric Residency program for the last 20 years. 

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