Patient Care, Quality & Safety


Children’s Adds New Helicopter Thanks To Funding From Monday Morning Quarterback Club

The Critical Care Transport team added a new, state-of-the-art helicopter in 2021. The Airbus H145 replaces the team’s previous helicopter, which had been in use since 2012. Among the technological features in the new helicopter are enhanced terrain avoidance systems, weather radar and more. These make it possible for the crews to travel in Instrument Flight Rules conditions – something they previously could not do, being restricted to Visual Flight Rules through the Federal Aviation Administration. Now, the team can transport patients even when the weather is not clear. The helicopter also has twin engines, a rolling stretcher and rear-loading capacity. It offers enough space for four crew members in the back by the patient, with a pilot and another passenger in the front. The helicopter is named QB1 after the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in recognition of the club’s fundraising efforts, which made it possible for Children’s of Alabama to get the helicopter. The operation of the helicopter is possible through a partnership between Children’s and Med-Trans Corporation, part of the Global Medical Response family of companies. Med-Trans provides all pilots, mechanics and other operation logistics for Children’s to use the new helicopter.


NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

All of the Children’s pediatric practices are now recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient-Centered Medical Home program. In order to achieve NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, the practice must meet certain standards that emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care. This recognition helps practices support their patients through access, communication and patient involvement.


Practice Anniversaries

Beyond its main campus, Children’s operates a network of 14 pediatric and specialty care practices throughout central Alabama.

Four practices celebrated anniversaries with Children’s in 2021:

  • Greenvale Pediatrics (Alabaster, Brook Highland and Hoover) – 25 years
  • Physicians to Children (Montgomery) – 25 years
  • Pediatrics East (Deerfoot and Trussville) – 25 years
  • Pediatrics West (Bessemer and McAdory) – 20 years

Two practices had milestones as pediatric practices in 2021:

  • Mayfair Medical Group (Homewood) – 50 years
  • Over the Mountain Pediatrics (Mountain Brook) – 40 years

Patient Safety (SPS) Network

Children’s continues its membership in the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Network, an effort to create a universally safe and healing environment for all children. Children’s was once again named “Hospital of the Month” by SPS in October 2021. This designation from our pediatric colleagues is recognition of the important improvements we have made.

Children’s and the UAB Department of Pediatrics hosted the 2nd Annual Safety & Quality Day in October. This year’s theme was “Integrating the culture of health equity into patient safety,” and the virtual conference covered a wide range of practical information and advice on current QI and safety initiatives.

Performance Improvement Quality & Safety Goals

Decrease Harm to Patients

  1. Reduce Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)
  2. Reduce Unplanned Extubation (UE)
  3. Reduce Pressure Injuries (PI)

Improve Timely Recognition and Treatment of Deteriorating Patients

  1. Decrease preventable codes outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
    • Focus on Error Prevention behaviors, human factors, and escalation
  2. Sepsis time to first bolus
  3. Sepsis time to first antibiotic

High Reliability Organization

  1. Enhanced training for EHR build team in HRO principles and human factors
  2. Balanced Accountability