Two named to Children’s Hospital BOT

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Two Shelby County residents have been named to the Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.

David Fields of North Shelby and John Hudson of Helena were both recently chosen as trustees.

Raymond J. Harbert, chairman and CEO of Harbert Management Corporation, has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Health System for 2010-2011.

He succeeds Gwaltney McCollum, who served as Chairman in 2008-2009.

“Never in our almost 100-year history has Children’s had a greater need for outstanding leadership from its Board of Trustees and that is exactly what we are getting at this critical time,” said Mike Warren, president and CEO of Children’s Health System.

Children’s Hospital is currently constructing a $400-million expansion facility that will house more than 325 beds and employ approximately 4,000 people when it opens in 2012.

C. Phillip McWane, Chairman of McWane, Inc., is the newly appointed Vice Chairman of the Children’s Board of Trustees and will succeed Harbert in 2012.

Four new members have been elected to Children’s Board of Trustees. They are:

-Fields, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Bayer Properties.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard School of Law.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Alabama, the Alabama Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Birmingham Chapter of Rotary International, the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, and Operation New Birmingham.

-Hudson, an attorney who serves as senior vice president of corporate diversity and public affairs for Regions Financial Corporation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University and graduated cum laude from Miles College School of Law.

He completed post-graduate studies at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hudson is a member of the board of directors of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Jefferson State Community College Foundation and the Birmingham Jefferson Film Commission.

-Richard J. Bielen, vice chairman and chief financial officer of Protective Life, Inc.

-Sid McAnnally, Vice President for External Affairs for Energen Corporation.

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