Year In

Year In Review Video


Dear Friends & Supporters

Tom Shufflebarger

2021 may very well be remembered as a year of resiliency. The team at Children’s of Alabama continued to navigate an increasingly difficult COVID-19 pandemic environment while accomplishing many great achievements on behalf of the organization and for the patients and families we serve. The rollout of COVID vaccines was certainly a source of optimism that brought us closer to “normal” life.

Despite the challenges we faced, our mission at Children’s has never been more clear – to provide the finest pediatric health services to all children in an environment that fosters excellence in research and medical education. In 2021, Children’s once again ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our strong partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics continues to thrive as our position as a leader in medical education and research broadened both nationally and globally.

When you look behind the scenes here at our Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside, in specialty clinics around the metro area and beyond as well as our primary care facilities across central Alabama, you will find some of the most talented and dedicated people around. It is only through the extraordinary efforts of many – our employees, medical staff, volunteers and community supporters – that our success in 2021 was possible.

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Mike Warren for his 13 years of service to Children’s. Mike retired as our CEO and president in June 2021. His leadership positioned Children’s as a comprehensive pediatric medical facility, making tremendous progress in fulfilling our mission to the children and families of Alabama for generations to come.

We will continue to manage the ongoing pandemic as we re-commit our efforts to improve patient care and build additional capacity to meet the record patient demand we are experiencing. It is our duty to work together to ensure Children’s of Alabama is ready to face tomorrow’s challenges.


Tom Shufflebarger
President and CEO