PT student’s “Girls in Science & Engineering Day” a huge hit

Girls in Science & Engineering dayMore than 140 girls from 41 different middle schools spent their Saturday dissecting sheep hearts and studying live reptiles at the Second Annual “Girls in Science and Engineering Day.” The full-day event is the brainchild of UAB Physical Therapy student Alison Barnard and medical student Farah Khan.

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Young appointed president of HCA’s Continental Division

Sylvia YoungSylvia Young has been named president of Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Continental Division, effective June 1. Young graduated from the Master of Science in Health Administration at UAB in 1985.

The Continental Division comprises of seven Denver-area hospitals in the HealthONE system and Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. It also includes 15 surgery centers and dozens of other outpatient centers in Colorado and Wichita.

Young replaced Jeff Dorsey, who announced his retirement last month. A 27-year veteran of hospital administration, Young currently serves as president of HCA’s Sunrise Health system in addition to four ambulatory surgery centers in Las Vegas.

The appointment marks a return to Denver for Young, who served in various hospital leadership roles there from 1985 to 2007.  

OT students inducted into national honor society

OT honor societyEight University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy students were inducted into the OT National Honor Society Pi Theta Epsilon on March 18, 2012. The students were chosen to recognize their scholastic excellence in Occupational Therapy.

Inducted into the Alpha Beta chapter at UAB included Lauren Allison, Ashley Michele Bunt, Danielle Cloyd, Kate Genter, Magan Higgins Gramling, Jessica Hawkins, Anna Templeton and Kimberly Wasserburger. The ceremony marked the 21st initiation for the chapter which was established in June of 1988.

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Tinney named Pres. & COO of St. Vincent's East

Sean TinneySean Tinney has been named president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent's East in Birmingham. Tinney is a 1999 graduate (Class 33) of the UAB Master's of Science in Health Administration.

Tinney has more than 12 years of health care management experience and most recently served as president of rural hospital operations for St. Vincent's Health System. He joined St. Vincent's in 2007. Prior to that, he served as president and COO of St. Vincent's Blount.

Morgan places second in honors research day

Darius Morgan and Bridgett Alday presentDarius Morgan, a Health Information Management student, won second place in the Eleventh Annual University of Alabama Systems Honors Research Day in Tuscaloosa on March 13, 2012. He was one of nine presenters in his session.

Morgan’s poster was titled, “Are we ready for transitioning to ICD-10 coding in Alabama hospitals?” His mentor was Shannon Houser, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Health Information Management program.

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Lovelace member of national championship team

Corey LovelaceCorey Lovelace, a Master of Science in Health Administration student, was a winning member of UAB’s Green and Gold Fund which won the 2012 Alternative Investment Style national championship at R.I.S.E. XII Forum in Dayton, Ohio. This marks back-to-back national titles for the student managed investment portfolio. The R.I.S.E. Forum is the largest national collegiate portfolio competition in the country.

Lovelace is a first year student in the MSHA/MBA program. He served as a portfolio manager on the project. The fund is valued at approximately $525,000 surpassing their goal of $500,000. The fund also outperformed the Standard and Poor 500. The UAB Green and Gold Fund also took second place in the Balanced Portfolio category.

Morgan inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Darius_MorganDarius Morgan, a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program, has been selected into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was inducted into the nation’s oldest and most selective, all-discipline honor society on March 30, 2012.

“I would just like to thank God for allowing me to have involved parents, supportive friends and family, and professors who are genuinely concerned about their student’s success,” said Morgan. “They have truly helped me get where I am today. It means a lot to me to be recognized for all our hard work that we put into my studies, and I share this honor with all of them.”

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Caruthers receives faculty appreciation award

Caruthers_KaraKara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, received a “Faculty Appreciation Award” from the Black Student Awareness Committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The award is given to a faculty member who has gone above and beyond to ensure the needs of others and promoting lifelong learning.

Caruthers is an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. She joined the faculty in February 2010. She works clinically in the Emergency Medicine department at UAB Hospital/UAB Highlands.

Respiratory Therapy students win ASRC competition

Respiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl winnersRespiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl winners Sterling Wimbish, Devon Fall and Jordan Unlap.The Alabama Society for Respiratory Care (ASRC) annual Sputum Bowl Championship competition came down to UAB vs. UAB, and UAB won. Seven teams of respiratory therapy students from across Alabama competed for the state championship on March 5, 2012 during the ASRC Annual Conference in Birmingham.

The winning UAB team included Jordan Unlap, Devon Fall and Sterling Wimbish. The Sputum Bowl is similar to a Scholars Bowl. Two teams are asked random questions in several categories related to respiratory care. The first team to buzz in and get the correct answer receives a point. The two teams with the most points in the end compete for the championship game. In keeping with the spirit of what respiratory therapists do, the bowl is called sputum which is mucus from the lungs.

The group will have the opportunity to respresent the state of Alabama in the 2012 National Sputum Bowl competition in New Orleans in October.