2022 Leadership

Thomas G. Shufflebarger, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom ShufflebargerTom Shufflebarger has been the president and chief executive officer for Children’s of Alabama since June 2021. He is responsible for executive leadership at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

Prior to becoming president and CEO, Shufflebarger served Children’s as chief operations officer for 18 years, managing the hospital’s daily operations and policy decisions. He also directed the operations and development of Children’s Physician Services, including Pediatric Practice Solutions (Children’s primary care practices), Hospital Ambulatory Care Services and business relationships with Health Services Foundation and hospital-based physicians. He joined Children’s of Alabama in 1992, having previously served as budget director and director of physician recruitment and development for Brookwood Medical Center.

Shufflebarger is an honors graduate of Duke University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master of Business Administration.

Shufflebarger is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2022, he was elected to the board of the Alabama Hospital Association, representing the Birmingham Regional Hospital Council. Active in numerous community organizations, he has served in volunteer leadership roles with the American Red Cross, the United Way of Central Alabama, Magic Moments, the Lakeshore Foundation, Canterbury United Methodist Church and Hoover City Schools.

A resident of Hoover, Shufflebarger and his wife, Ellen, have two daughters. In his leisure time, he enjoys most any outdoor activity.


Vickie Atkins
Vice President, Risk Management

Heather Baty, MCD, MBA, AuD
Vice President, Ambulatory Operations

Jamie Dabal, MSHA, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Operations

Doug Dean, CCP, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources

Crayton (Tony) Fargason, MBA, M.D.
Medical Director and Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Heather Hargis, MSHA, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Operations

Andrew Loehr, DNP, RN, CNML, CPNP
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Delicia Mason, MNHSA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Coke S. Matthews III
Executive Vice President, Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation
Chief Development Officer, Children’s of Alabama

Lori Moler, MSHA, FACHE
Vice President, Customer Service

Suzanne Respess
Vice President, Government Relations

Bob Sarnecki
Chief Information Officer

Howard Sisco, CPA
Vice President, Finance

Sandy Thurmond, MSHA, FACHE, FACMPE
Vice President, Primary Care Services

Dawn Walton, CPA
Chief Financial Officer