Kayce DoverKayce Dover, President and CEO of HIM Connections, LLC, is a successful business leader and owner in the Birmingham area. Just recently, the Birmingham Business Journal named Dover, a graduate of UAB’s Health Information Management and M.S. in Health Informatics programs, as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2014.

“I started my own staffing firm in 2007,” explains 39-year-old Dover. “In 2012, I merged my company with The Coding Center, a division of Doozer Software, Inc. The new firm now operates as HIM Connections, LLC.”

Dover’s company specializes in Health Information Management and Health Information Technology, providing recruitment and staffing services to hospitals and healthcare organizations across the nation. “I use the knowledge I gained at UAB each day when I speak with healthcare professionals about their staffing challenges. My education and experience are critical to understanding the specific needs of the clients and candidates we serve.”

Dover always knew that she wanted to work on the administrative side of healthcare. “I really liked the diversity of the Health Information Management degree,” she says. “I still love this aspect of our profession today. UAB School of Health Professions was an easy choice because of the excellent reputation.” As an undergraduate, she worked part-time in UAB Hospital—an experience that sparked her interest in the electronic health record and the use of technology in patient care areas.

In June, Dover will present at the AHIMA Faculty Development Institute/Assembly on Education in Chicago. Her presentation is titled “Bridging the Gap between New Graduate and Working HIM Professional.”

“I always recommend that students try to gain industry experience while working on their degree,” Dover comments. “This experience gives students an opportunity to learn more about the health care system, and to apply the information they are learning to the classroom. It also builds real world experience, which can also help separate them from other applicants when applying for that first post-graduate position.”

In addition to building a successful business, Dover has published a wide variety of articles over the years. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards for both the HIM and HI programs at UAB SHP, has provided clinical opportunities for students, and frequently speaks at local, state, and national professional meetings. “I am very passionate about the HIM profession and, as a business leader, I feel led to find ways to help mentor students coming into the profession.”

Overwhelmingly, Dover’s attitude toward her success is one of modesty and gratitude.

“The Health Information Management and Health Informatics programs provided an excellent foundation for my career,” she says. “I have been blessed to work with people who believed in me, and took the time to mentor me along the way, including many of my professors at UAB School of Health Professions. I am truly grateful for the education, and lasting friendships, I made at UAB.”