For more information, contact:
Lynne Hanner, Director, Institutional Advancement
(256) 761-3206; Hanner.Lynne@aidb.state.al.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2017
Laura D. Grill joins AIDB Foundation Board of Directors
Laura D. Grill, Executive Vice President / Administrator at East Alabama Medical Center has been named to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation Board of Directors.
Laura D. Grill joined East Alabama Medical Center in June 1992. East Alabama Medical Center is an acute care community hospital located in Opelika. Prior to joining East Alabama Medical Center, Ms. Grill served as the Director of Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1984 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Business Administration in 1990 from the University of Alabama.
“The AIDB Foundation Board of Directors represents a strong group of business leaders from across the state committed to improving programs and services for Alabama’s children and adults who are deaf and blind,” said Dr. Ben Bruce, Vice President for Advancement at AIDB and Executive Director of the AIDB Foundation. “We are pleased to have someone of Ms. Grill’s caliber join our team and look forward to building new relationships to benefit AIDB.”
Ms. Grill is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Healthcare Roundtable for Executives, American Hospital Association Political Action Committee and Premier Inc. Patient Care Executives. Ms. Grill is a diplomat for the American College of Healthcare Executives and a board certified nursing administrator by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Ms. Grill has served as adjunct professor at UAB School of Health Related Professions and Auburn University School of Nursing. She is involved in numerous community and civic organizations and is a Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Lay Eucharist Minister. Ms. Grill has served on the boards of J. W. Darden Wellness Foundation, Children’s Medical Mission of Haiti board member, Auburn University Women’s Leadership, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County and the Chamber of Commerce of Opelika.
“With the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind having such a storied history, it truly is an honor to join its Foundation Board,” said Ms. Grill. “As a nurse and healthcare professional for more than 25 years now, I’m excited about the opportunity to work with a board that is focused on providing much needed services for a population that is eager to learn and contribute to society. I have no doubt that they will impact me as much, if not more, than I impact them.”
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization created in 1980 to encourage private support for AIDB’s charitable, educational, research and training programs. The Foundation provides funding for a vast array of programs and projects at AIDB including major construction and renovation of facilities, development of new and expanding programs and experiences in professional development, academics, student life, outreach, and the arts. The AIDB Hawkins Chapel and the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian Arena are also funded through the AIDB Foundation. Endowment opportunities exist in seven major areas.
“As President of AIDB, I am delighted to have her serve on the AIDB Foundation Board of Directors,” said Dr. John Mascia.
Established in 1858, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is America’s most comprehensive provider of education and services to people who are blind, deaf, deaf-blind or have multiple disabilities. Through five campuses in Talladega and eight Regional Centers throughout the state, AIDB provides services to over 24,500 people per year.