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.

Dawn AhnerDawn Ahner, 1st year DSc studentDawn Ahner, a first-year student in the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "130 women hospital and health system leaders to know."

Ahner, who serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Renown Health in Reno, Nevada, is "responsible for driving a LEAN culture within the organization" according to the article. She has worked at Renown for more than 20 years and oversees finance, human resources, marketing and communications and other nonclinical service areas across the system.

The Renown leadership webpage says that Ahner also oversees the system's transitional services including post-acute continuum of care with hospice, palliative care, home care and Renown Rehabilitation hospital. Her divisions cover more than 1,000 employees.

Ahner is scheduled to graduate the DSc program in Summer 2018.

Pat CurrieCurrie with UAB MSHA students DeAngalo Nesby and Festus Oguhebe, Jr.Patricia Currie, alumna of the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "130 women hospital and health system leaders to know" for 2015. Each year, Becker's recognizes women "who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry."

Currie, who is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been president and chief operating officer (COO) of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas since 2013. Prior to that she was COO of Scott & White Healthcare from 2004 until the merger with Baylor Health Care System.

She continues to give back to her alma mater UAB and the next generation of healthcare leaders by serving as a mentor and preceptor to students of the #2 ranked MSHA program. Most recently she was on campus in September 2015, for the annual Preceptor's Conference and Van Zile Scott Lecture Series.

Currie's role includes working closely with the chief medical officer (CMO) of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas, to lead the region’s day-to-day operations. This is part of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas' use of the Dyad Leadership Partnership model (administrative leaders paired with physician leaders to combine skills and expertise) of the integrated health care system. Currie, in conjunction with the CMO, provide leadership for the hospitals, partner hospitals, clinical services and clinic locations across the region.
Schweitzer logoThe Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) supports graduate students committed to becoming individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others.

Improving Health, Developing Leaders, Creating Change

This year, the Alabama ASF chapter will select up to 16 local graduate students from multiple schools and health related disciplines, each of whom designs and implements their own 200-hour community service projects addressing local unmet health needs and the social determinants of health.

Fellows develop as lifelong leaders in service through a year-long program of leadership development training, peer reflection, and mentoring. The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in a professional degree program at the time of application and through the 2016-2017 school year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend.


Applications are due January 22nd. You may complete a Partner Application Form or Single Application Form online.

For more information about the program visit

Please contact Kristin Boggs, Program Director with any questions – or 205-934-9212.
Eric RobinsonEric Robinson addresses MSHA Class 50 & 51Eric Robinson, CEO of Natchez Community Hospital, a 101 licensed bed general acute care facility in Natchez, Mississippi, and Natchez Regional Medical Center, a 179 bed general acute care hospital, spoke to the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Class 51 about career progression, networking and more on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Robinson, a member of MSHA Class 38, previously served as COO at Biloxi (Mississippi) Regional Medical Center; CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi; and Director of Operations / Special Projects at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

SEE MORE: the photo gallery of Robinson's appearance are on the SHP Flickr page

READ MORE: in late 2014, the Natchez Democrat posted an article about Robinson's promotion
MSHA Can Collection 03A huge thank you to everyone for making the School of Health Professions' 2015 Canned Food Drive a heavy success.

Nearly 550 pounds of food was donated by faculty, staff and students from programs across the School. A total of 315 cans and other food items found their way into the giant Blaze that was housed on the 6th floor of SHPB for two weeks.

The two winning programs were the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and the new Biomedical and Health Sciences program. Together, the two programs collected 197 of the 315 donated items.

MSHA Can Collection 04Another thank you to the students in the MSHA Class 51, particularly Seth Bynum and Heather Hubbs, for managing the event, gathering the donations and tracking the giving. The food was delivered to the Christian Service Mission of Birmingham where they will be distributed to families in need. The CSM is the Class' chosen philanthropy organization.

Again - thank you to everyone for your generosity and kindness!
Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32, has been named chief executive officer of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Previously she served as their Chief Operating Officer.

"Heather is an inspiring leader whose vision and expertise have greatly contributed to the success of Emory Saint Joseph's," said Emory Healthcare President Dane Peterson in a release on the hospital's website. "In her new role, Heather's extensive knowledge of both the health care landscape and Emory Saint Joseph's is a tremendous asset as she continues to serve our patients, their families, our staff and physicians."

Dexter began her career at Saint Joseph's Hospital in 1998 as an administrative resident. Since then, she has served as interim director in both Human Resources and Radiology; division director in Clinical Services; vice president of Planning, Development and Allied Health; and vice president of Surgical Services and Planning before becoming COO in 2011. She also served as executive project manager during the Joint Operating Company process between Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Healthcare.

Dexter earned her Master of Science in Health Administration from the UAB School of Health Professions in 1997. Her promotion was effective October 23, 2015.
Can DriveThe School of Health Professions is hosting a Canned Food Drive competition from Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 20, 2015.

The Master of Science in Health Administration Class 51 is administering the competition. They will provide programs with boxes to collect the cans and they will tally results on a daily basis. Throughout the competition, the standings will be posted on the SHP Facebook page so programs will know where they stand.

Watch Blaze's Belly Grow

At the end of each day, after the totals have been tallied, the MSHA students will take the cans to the 6th floor of SHPB where they will be stored in the giant Blaze in front of the Dean's office. We encourage you to not only watch Blaze's belly grow, but to of course donate and force Blaze's belly to grow!

All proceeds will be donated to the Christ Health Center, which is the MSHA Class 51's philanthropy organization, and distributed through the Dream Center in Woodlawn.