The UAB medical campus incorporates more than 20 separate buildings in downtown Birmingham. University Hospital is the largest hospital in Alabama and features more than 2.1 million square feet of space and more than 900 inpatients beds. The majority of all inpatient neurosurgical activities occur in the new North Pavillion of University Hospital. The North Pavillion was completed in 2004 and contains 885,000 square feet of space. There are 37 operating suites and 3 General Medical-Surgical Units in the North Pavillion. The Neurosurgical ICU is one of four subspecialty ICU units in the North Pavillion (Neuroscience, Cardiothoracic, Trauma and Burn and Surgery ICU) and is operated exclusively by the Neurosurgical Service. A 38,000 square foot Emergency Room occupies much of the first floor of the facility.
Inpatient rooms were constructed with great attention to detail to optimize patient care and convenience and comfort for both patients and their families.
A pioneer in the field of cranial stereotactic radiosurgery, UAB established its Leksell Gamma Knife® program at UAB Highlands in 1992. A multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists use the Gamma Knife® to deliver single, high doses of irradiation to precisely specified intracranial locations. The highly focused beams of radiation offer a safe, effective alternative to conventional neurosurgery for some conditions. Use of the gamma knife is dependent on physician screening to determine the most appropriate intervention that will provide optimal outcomes for each patient. Some conditions that may benefit from gamma knife treatment include arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), benign and malignant brain tumors, some vascular malformations, and other functional brain disorders. UAB's Gamma Knife® is one of the nation's busiest and most experienced programs. UAB physicians have used the technique in over 4500 treatment sessions.
The Kirklin Clinic (TKC)
The Kirklin Clinic is a specially designed center for outpatient care at UAB. All outpatient activities are conducted at this state of the art facility and the Neurosurgery clinic is on the fourth floor. The Kirklin Clinic was designed by renowned and Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei whose other famous work includes the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Javitts Convention Center in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and Le Grand Louvre in Paris.
Children's Hospital of Alabama
The Children's Hospital of Alabama is an independent, not for profit, licensed, free standing 275 bed facility that provides quality comprehensive care for the children of the state of Alabama and the southeast region. From its humble beginning in 1911 the Children's Hospital has evolved to become a comprehensive children's health care system. A typical year will feature approximately 12,000 inpatient stays, 608,000 outpatient visits and 50,000 visits to the level-one Emergency Room. Recent estimates reveal that Children's Hospital of Alabama is the nations 14th largest Children's Hospital and the 10th busiest.
All Pediatric Neurosurgery inpatients are cared for at the main (downtown) campus of Children's but some clinics are also held at the Children's South-the satellite campus on Acton Road (about 7 miles from the downtown facility).The current building has been present on Birmingham's South Side since 1961 and there were building additions in 1972, 1982 and 1989. However it became evident that a larger and updated facility would be needed and in March, 2008 the Children's Hospital announced plans to build a new 450 million dollar facility one block north of the existing facility in downtown Birmingham. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2012 and appears to be on schedule. The new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children will have about 180,000 square feet of space and will stand 12 stories high.
Benjamin Russell Children's Hospital expansion project
Detailed History and Renderings
Details of Project