The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics provides a diverse and extensive spectrum of medical expertise and health care services, from primary care to subspecialty services. Over the past five years the department has experienced significant growth in the number of full-time medical pediatric faculty. Currently there are over 100 full-time faculty in general pediatrics and subspecialty divisions.
The faculty of the Department of Pediatrics records more than 160,000 outpatient visits, including approximately 50,000 patients seen through the pediatric emergency medicine division. More than 9,800 subspecialty patients and general pediatric inpatient admissions were managed by the pediatric faculty. In addition, the Neonatology division provides coverage for the UAB Medical Center as well as four private, not-for-profit community hospitals. Total inpatient days are in excess of 74,000.
The Department of Pediatrics has a major commitment to research and consistently ranks in the top 20 among all departments of pediatrics in the country in NIH funding. Through research, we are contributing to a better understanding of the causes of many life-threatening diseases as well as advancing many new forms of treatment.
For the second consecutive year, Children's of Alabama has been ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Ten of Children's pediatric specialty services were placed among the top 50 in the United States. The ten pediatric specialty services included this year were Pediatric Cancer, Cardiology , Endocrinology , Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery and Neurology,Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology. The complete listing and corresponding rankings may be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. (Dept of Pediatric Divisions highlighted in green)
"We are proud that ten of our programs - double the number in 2010 - were ranked among the nation's best, particularly since this was only our second year to participate in the survey," said Mike Warren, Children's of Alabama President and CEO. "More importantly, we are delighted to tell the Children's of Alabama story at a national level. The partnership between Children's and UAB results in excellent benefits for the children and families of Alabama."
Children's is currently building a 750,000 square-foot, $400 million expansion facility on the health system's downtown Birmingham campus (to be renamed the Russell campus upon completion). This expansion will allow Children's to manage projected growth in patient volume, provide for anticipated medical technology needs, and accommodate the planned consolidation and expansion of pediatric services.
The U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals rankings are based on methodology that includes reputation, clinical outcome data and other care-related measures such as nursing care, surgical volume and credentialing. Hospitals are ranked, in part, on reputational scores based on survey responses from pediatric specialists from across the country.
Children's of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S., and one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation.