Record Group 10
Office of the Director, University of
Immediate Successor: NA
1958-1962: University Hospital and Hillman Clinic, Vice President for Health Affairs, Executive Director of University Affairs for the Medical Center, President of the University of Alabama;
1962-1963: University Hospital and Hillman Clinic, Vice President for Health Affairs, President of the University of Alabama;
1963-1966: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, Vice President for Health Affairs, President of the University of Alabama;
1966-1968: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, Vice President for Birmingham Affairs, President of the University of Alabama;
1968-1969: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, Executive Vice President, President of the University of Alabama;
1969-1973: University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, Vice President for Health Affairs, President of UAB;
1973-1985: University of Alabama Hospitals, Vice President for Health Affairs, President of UAB;
1985-1995: University of Alabama Hospital, Vice President for Health Affairs, President UAB;
1995-1996: University of Alabama Hospital, CEO/Director of the UAB Health System, President UAB;
1996- : University of
James W. MacQueen, 1945-1947
Arthur L. Bailey, 1947-1954
Matthew F. McNulty, 1954-1955
Matthew F. McNulty, 1955-1966
(Interim) Robert W. Holters, 1966-1967
Robert W. Holters, 1967-1969
Keith D. Blayney, 1969-1971
James E. Moon, 1971-1989
L. Clark Taylor, Jr., 1989-1992
(Acting) James A. Lee, 1992-1993
Kevin E. Loftin, 1993-1998
(Interim) Martin C. Nowak, 1998-1999
Martin C. Nowak, 1999-2002
Mary G. Nash, 2002-2004
Chief Operating Officer:
Michael R. Waldrum, 2004-
At the end of 1944 Jefferson County deeded the Hillman and Jefferson hospitals to the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama. The buildings were deeded in order to serve as teaching and patient care facilities for the University’s newly established four-year medical school. The Jones Bill, Alabama Act 89, was passed by the state legislature on June 2, 1943, and authorized the establishment of the four-year medical school under the administration of the University of Alabama. Governor Chauncey Sparks appointed a committee to review the best location for the new school and on February 16, 1944, the Governor’s Building Commission adopted a resolution selecting Birmingham as the future home of the school; the University of Alabama was located just fifty miles away in Tuscaloosa.
The committee selected
In 1954, the Duckett Jones Committee recommended that the
In 1961, the hospital underwent a major reorganization in which hospital administration reduced the number of divisions from five to four. Also that year, the hospital discharged over twenty thousand patients, and the Hillman Emergency Clinic and the University Emergency Clinic together treated over one hundred thousand patients. Indigent patient care remained a financial problem for the hospital. The per diem paid by the county to the hospital for patient care had increased since the mid 1940s, but the cost of medical care had risen at a higher rate. In 1962, medical dean S. Richardson Hill, Jr., and hospital administrator Matthew McNulty reorganized medical and surgical operations within the hospital. Two chiefs-of-staff were appointed: one for medicine and one for surgery. They organized hospital clinical services in relation to Medical College of Alabama programs, and as a result, medical department chairpersons served as chiefs-of-service in the various clinical fields in the hospital. The administrative relationship between the hospital and the medical college remained an issue throughout the 1960s.
In 1963, to emphasize the growth of programs within the
Growth in hospital paramedical programs also highlighted the early to mid 1960s. Hospital administration implemented training programs for cytotechnologists, blood bank technologists, and physical therapists. A program in hospital administration begun by Matthew McNulty became the School of Health Services Administration in 1965 and offered a master's degree program in hospital administration. The School of Health Services Administration and most paramedical education programs were removed from the hospital and became part of UAB’s new School of Community and Allied Health Resources in 1969 and 1970. The hospital-based nursing school was eliminated after the graduation of the class of 1969. Two years earlier, University President Frank Rose had moved the
Throughout the mid to late 1960s, university officials continued to debate the best way in which to organize and administer the hospital in relation to other
During the 1960s and early 1970s, the hospital also underwent a major renovation and expansion project. These projects resulted in the completion of the Spain Rehabilitation Center and a later addition to that center, a new General Services Building, and a renovated and modernized Jefferson Tower. In September 1972, University Hospital closed its outpatient clinic as Mercy Hospital (renamed Cooper Green in 1975) opened and as Jefferson County became the primary provider of medical care for the county’s indigent patients. The new University Ambulatory Center later assumed outpatient responsibilities for Medicaid and Medicare patients and outpatients from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Therefore, in September 1973, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved a change in the name of the hospital from the University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics to the University of Alabama Hospitals. Dr. Keith Blayney became administrator of the hospital on July 1, 1969, succeeding acting administrator Robert Holters. Blayney served until January 1971 and was succeeded by James Moon.
The hospital added the Diabetes Research and
In 1985, the University of Alabama Hospitals was (again) renamed to the University of Alabama Hospital in order to reflect a unity among health-care delivery programs at UAB. The hospital continued to grow during the late 1980s and receive recognition for its programs. During this period, one source named University Hospital as the third best hospital in the entire nation. In 1987, UAB began the then-largest single addition in the history of the hospital, the West Pavilion. This facility was planned to provide 160 replacement beds. It also included special care units for neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, heart transplants, and neurology. The kidney transplant program, which had begun in 1968, ranked as one of the best nationally and by 1988 was the largest in the nation. In addition to kidney transplants and heart transplants, which the hospital first offered in 1981, the hospital added heart/lung and pancreas/kidney transplants in 1987-1988.
In 1989, James Moon, who had served as administrator since 1971, resigned. Clark Taylor, Jr., served as the next administrator from July 1, 1989, until January 13, 1992. During the early 1990s, the hospital was chosen as one of 17 hospitals nationwide to assist the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations in teaching “other hospitals about the delivery of high-quality patient care” (Medical Center Magazine, Spring 1991). The hospital also added the Center for Psychiatric Medicine in 1992 and additions to the Spain Rehabilitation Center and the Tumor Institute. Frequently during the early 1990s, the University of Alabama Hospital was referred to as the “
As a new century dawned, ground was broken in July 2000 for a massive nine-story, 850,000 square foot addition to the hospital, the largest construction project in the hospital’s history. When it is completed in 2004, the North Pavilion will occupy 3/4 of a city block and will house a new emergency room, operating suites, and patient beds. In 2002 the annual “
After Martin Nowak became the chief planning and strategy officer for the UAB Health System, Dr. Mary Nash was named the hospital’s third executive director in August 2002. Nash joined the UAB staff in 1994 and had previously served as University Hospital’s senior associate executive director and as chief operating officer. With her appointment, Nash became the first female and the first nurse to be named director of the hospital. She remained in the position until her resignation in September 2004. CEO of the UAB Health System, David Hoidal, announced at the time that he would “evaluate the administrative structure of the hospital and how it fits within the health system” before recruiting a replacement.
Soon afterward, Dr. Michael R. Waldrum was named the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) – a new title replacing Executive Director – with the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of
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