McFarland LLS WoYErin Lee McFarland (pictured on left)Erin Lee McFarland, an alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been named Woman of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2009 UAB graduate raised $104,000 for blood cancer research to earn the honor. Her efforts were part of a two-month competition in Virginia that helped the chapter raise a record $467,000 this year. She was honored at a gala event in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

McFarland has worked as a PA for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, since graduating from the UAB PA program.
Sweatt Cheaha Alabama Backroads FacebookKat Sweatt, Top 100-miler at Cheaha ChallengeKat Sweatt, a student in the Nutrition Sciences PhD program, made history as the first female to finish the Cheaha Challenge as the top overall 100-miler. The UAB graduate student finished the mountain bike ride in five hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds – nearly 45 seconds ahead of the top male 100-miler.

When asked by a reporter with the Anniston Star about the historic finish, Sweatt said with a shrug, “It’s pretty cool.”

Today, she has this to say about the accomplishment.

“It was a tough but memorable ride. Over 600 cyclists participated, the event staff was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” said Sweatt who is scheduled to finish the UAB PhD program in 2017. “I also have to mention that I rode the first 87 miles with a group of guys who went on to do the 124-mile Ultra.  Many of who would have finished well ahead of me if they had just done the 100 mile option – so kudos to them!”

Chris JettChris Jett, new administrator at USA Children's & Women's HospitalChris Jett, an alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration, has been named the new administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

In his new role, Jett will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 1,100-employee hospital which serves as the leader in births for Mobile and is dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.

Jett’s appointment follows the recent promotion of former administrator Owen Bailey to the chief operating officer position at USA Health. Bailey is also an alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, graduating with MSHA Class 22 in 1988.

"Chris is a talented, committed and caring leader, and I know he will do a great job in this new role,” Bailey said. "I value his integrity, his commitment to excellence, and his ability to inspire people."

OwenBailey USAHealth COO 2016Owen Bailey, named new USA Health COOOwen Bailey, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration program, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives. This is a new role for the veteran health care leader who served as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

Bailey, a member of Class 22 of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, will be responsible for the management, operation and oversight of USA Health with a goal of enhancing a high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care delivery system.

USA Health Vice President Stan Hammack said Bailey’s leadership skills and experience in health care will be assets in this new role. 

"Five years ago, we were glad to have Owen join our management team," Hammack said. "His combination of experience and leadership is appreciated, and we are pleased he has taken on this new position. He will work closely with our administrative teams and advocate on state and national health care policy matters that directly affect our patients." 

Tom Miller Alumni AwardDr. Jones with Tom Miller, 2014 SHP Alumni AwardsThomas D. Miller, Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA Class 18) alumnus, has been named president and CEO of Quorum Health Corporation. The move became official on April 29, 2016, when Community Health Systems announced it completed the spinoff of QHC from CHS.

Because of spinoff, QHC has a portfolio of nearly 40 hospitals with an aggregate of just over 3,500 licensed beds. The hospitals are spread out over 16 states and are mostly located in rural cities and counties with populations of 50,000 or less.

“QHC launches with a clear vision to focus on improving the health care in every community where services are provided,” said Miller, who also serves on the UAB School of Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Board. “At a time when rural hospitals are under siege, we will use our resources to help make these hospitals essential in their communities. We look forward with determination and enthusiasm to the opportunity ahead.”

Stribling LectureKate Stribling, UAB PT, Class of '11Kate Stribling, a member of the UAB Physical Therapy Class of 2011, returned to campus this week to speak to the members of PT Classes of 2017 and 2018. Nearly 100 first and second year PT students crowded into a class in the School of Health Profession Building to hear her speak.

Stribling, who currently serves as a Physical Therapy Resident at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, discussed the importance of this program that is only available after a graduate physical therapist obtains their license to practice. She let the students know a residency – which requires a minimum of 1,500 hours – is well worth the effort.

Michael WiechartMichael Wiechart, president and CEO of Capella Healthcare and student in the UAB Executive Doctor of Science (DSc) program, is on the cover of the March 2016 issue of HealthLeaders. Wiechart is featured under the heading “Marginal Differences: Is the distinction beginning to blur between for-profit and nonprofit healthcare organizations?

Wiechart’s answer: there are no significant differences as they each work under the same guidelines to achieve value-based care.

“Neither for-profits nor nonprofits have the luxury of ignoring sustainability or patient-care excellence,” Wiechart told HealthcareLeaders for their Cover Story. “We’re all dealing with the same environment and the same challenges. And it’s about who can do it better.”

kevin mcintyreMcIntyre will receive his award in Chicago on March 16.

Story by Adam Pope, UAB  News

Kevin McIntyre, a senior in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions, has placed third in the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.

In the Birmingham native’s essay, “Controversies in Improving Surgical Quality,” he discusses the different ways quality is measured and different interventions being done to improve quality.

McIntyre is grateful that four years of hard work has paid dividends.

“It means a great deal to me,” McIntyre said. “It feels good that all that research has paid off.”

McIntyre credits his mentors, Christy Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, and Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., Health Care Management program director, for preparing him to succeed in the essay competition.

The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future health care executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession.

McIntyre will receive his award at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership during the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 16, in Chicago.


NMT Open House 2016 03 30Want a nuclear powered future? Want to work with cutting edge science and technology? Then a Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology is for you!

The UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program, home to the only Master's entry-level program available in the U.S., hosts an information session Wednesday, March 30, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the School of Health Professions Building (1705 University Blvd.).

You are unique. You want a unique education.
You want UAB NMT.

UAB NMT is the 1st program in the United States to rise to a Master's entry-level status. We are a highly specialized diagnostic and therapy degree. You will be entering a profession which utilizes radionuclides to image and treat disease in the body. Plus, our profession is ranked among the Top 20 “Best Healthcare Jobs” according to U.S. News & World Report.

UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program is in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Email or call 205-934-3209 for more information.