Chief Communications Officer
Children's of Alabama
Garland Stansell, APR, joined Children’s of Alabama in the spring of 1994. Children's of Alabama is among the largest and busiest, pediatric medical centers in the United States. Children’s is comprised of the 380-bed Children’s Hospital, a network of pediatric outpatient clinics, and 13 pediatric primary care practices throughout Alabama. Children's historically experiences in excess of 14,000 inpatient visits and 650,000 outpatient visits annually.
Stansell has more than 32 years of experience in public relations, marketing, health promotion, advocacy and fundraising. At Children's, he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic public relations and communication programs and initiatives to serve the information and promotion needs of the medical divisions, business units, development and advocacy activities of the organization.
For eight years, Stansell was responsible for strategic planning, management and direction of Children’s Community Development department. These responsibilities include the management of internally and externally initiated year-round special event fund raising, cause-related marketing programs, Children’s Miracle Network and annual direct mail initiatives.
Prior to joining Children's of Alabama, he served as vice president of public relations and development for Alabama Goodwill Industries and as assistant director of corporate communications for BancBoston Mortgage Corporation, Alabama Office.
Stansell is a Birmingham, Alabama, native and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Public Relations and Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.
Stansell is active in a number of professional, community and civic organizations including:
• Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
• PRSA National Board of Directors
• Served as PRSA Assembly Delegate (Chapter and Health Academy Section)
• Past President and Board Member, PRSA Alabama Chapter
• Past National Chair and Executive Committee Member, PRSA Health Academy
• Past PRSA Sections Council Co-Chair
• Shelby County Education Foundation, Past Chairman and Board Member
• Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Past Chairman and Board Member
• Communication Advisory Board, United Way of Central Alabama
• Leadership Shelby County — Youth Leadership Advisory Committee
• Shelby County Arts Council, Board Member
• Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama, Advisory Board Chair
• 2004 Class, Leadership Shelby County
• 2005 Class, Birmingham FBI Citizens’ Academy