Chris Fountain Boger AwardChris Fountain wins Boger AwardChris Fountain, PT, CMT, a Physical Therapist with Premiere Physical Therapy, is the 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Loretta R. Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. The award is given annually to an individual that makes an outstanding, identifiable contribution to clinical education for the UAB Department of Physical Therapy.

Fountain, who received the award as part of the PT Pledge Ceremony on February 13, 2014, was recognized because students said none of their time with him was wasted and he excelled at treating them as equals while also teaching them as a mentor. His students said:

“He could recognize when I was struggling and then provide feedback in a manner that did not undermine my credibility in front of patients.”

“He allowed me the freedom to fail and that helped me develop because of what I learned first-hand.”

“It is apparent he cares about the future of PT and does everything in his power to make that future better.”

The award is named after Loretta R. Boger who was a clinical educator to past department chairs Marilyn Gossman and Sharon Shaw, plus many of the early faculty members of the UAB PT department including Jo Clelland, Dot Pinkston, Cara Adams and Betty Canan.
Cecilia GrahamCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., honored by APTA and UTMBCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy, was recently awarded the American Physical Therapy Association Education Section’s Polly Cerasoli Lectureship Award.

The annual award was created to recognize an individual who distinguishes themselves as an educator, administrator, practitioner and mentor. Graham will deliver the 2015 Cerasoli Lecture in February 2015, at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis.

Graham has also been named the Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The award honors alumni who have made major contributions to the health profession through a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, publications, education, community service and leadership roles.

Graham will be honored by her alma mater at their annual homecoming event March 28 – 29, 2014. She is also eligible to be the Keynote Speaker for their SHP Commencement Ceremony.
John Lowman APTA 2014John Lowman delivers keynote address
Photo courtesy APTA
John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and past-chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists. Lowman told the crowd that all Physical Therapists, especially clinical specialists, have the potential and obligation to lead and "that not leading is not an option."

Lowman's speech, titled "Improving the Human Experience Through Heroic Leadership," was based on previous research by Daniel Goleman and Jim Collins, but especially Chris Lowney’s, book that inspired his title, Heroic Leadership.

MSHA Class 49 workingMSHA Class 49 volunteeringThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration Class 49 recently spent an afternoon volunteering with Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center. The class took a few hours to paint one of Glenwood’s community residential facilities.

“We have been fortunate over the years to have UAB Occupational Therapy students share their knowledge with us but this is the first time MSHA students volunteered and they did a tremendous job painting,” said Sherri Van Pelt, vice president of development & communications for Glenwood. “Volunteers, no matter what their expertise or skill is, make a tremendous difference in our campus and our services so we welcome everyone interested in helping others.”

Jason LittlePhoto Courtesy: BMHCJason Little, UAB Master of Science in Health Administration Class 33, has been named CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care effective May 2014. He replaces Stephen Reynolds who retires after 19 years as BMHC CEO.

Little, who is 39 years old, is currently the company’s executive vice president and COO. He will be the fifth president and CEO in BMHC history. Little joined the organization in 2002 serving as administrator and CEO of three Baptist hospitals before being elevated to senior vice president and metro market leader where he oversaw seven metro-Memphis hospitals and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

ReginaBenjaminFormer U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D.Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., will give the commencement address to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant program graduation ceremony. Benjamin, an alumna of the UAB School of Medicine, previously spoke at her alma mater in 2012 to kick off National Nutrition Month.

The PA program, housed in the School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, is ranked among the top 25 graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. They will graduate 45 students at the Dec. 13 ceremony. Program Director Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, says Benjamin, who practiced medicine in Bayou La Batre, Ala., prior to her 2009 appointment as U.S. Surgeon General, recognizes how important PAs are to medical care.

“She has worked with PAs since she first went into practice and she understands that PAs are an integral part of a medical team,” said Kilgore. “She plans to tell our PAs that they have a unique opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles for their future patients and the best practices to make a direct impact on their patients’ health.”

The graduation ceremony is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013, in the Harbert Center, 2019 Fourth Avenue North. The event is invitation only.
Thompson Courtesy CommunityHealthCenterOfRichmondCourtesy: Community Health Center of RichmondHenry Thompson, FACHE, CEO of the Community Health Center of Richmond and student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration - Health Services, is named a 2013 Up & Comer by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Thompson, who turns 40 in January and is on track to graduate the School of Health Professions' executive doctoral program in 2016, told the magazine “educating the patient to make smarter choices once they leave us” is the biggest challenge in primary care.

“The UAB executive doctoral program has enabled me to look at policy issues and challenges on a macro or health system level, so that I can position my own organization to overcome those challenges in ways that will have lasting benefits for our community,” said Thompson. “I’ve also enjoyed learning from and interacting with other healthcare leaders from different areas of the industry and other parts of the country, as we have shared strategies and ideas for overcoming health policy challenges.”

The magazine says the Community Health Center of Richmond, a federally qualified center on New York’s Staten Island, filed for bankruptcy in 2005, four years before Thompson took over. Today the center “has reduced expenses by 10%, had its fourth consecutive year of operating surpluses in fiscal 2012 and has received $16 million in federal, state and local grants” and Thompson says they are in the process of expanding from one to three facilities.
HCMSA HabitatPictured L/R: (Top Row) Madeline Patterson, Tiffanie Jenkins, Noelle Cheeks, Gabriel Welch, Kenric Duncan (Bottom Row) Courtney Bibb, Aaliyah EdwardsThe UAB Healthcare Management Student Association participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in early 2013. Madeline Patterson, Tiffanie Jenkins, Noelle Cheeks, Gabriel Welch, Kenric Duncan, Courtney Bibb and Aaliyah Edwards worked from 8 a.m. - Noon on the house located in the west Birmingham neighborhood of Ensley. The group was responsible for priming and painting the inside of the house, putting siding on the outside of the house and placing shingles on the roof.

“Before that day I only knew one of the people in the group picture but we were all laughing together by the time we were done and even went out for pizza afterwards,” said Duncan. “It was a great bonding experience for us as a group. Some of those in my group are still my good friends today and the workday made me want to get more involved with my major's student organization.”

2013 Buddy Walk 02The University of Alabama at Birmingham Respiratory Therapy Class of 2015 participated in the Alabama Buddy Walk for Down syndrome on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. The students, along with family and friends, walked in honor of Cornelius “Neal” Spencer, the cousin of Class of 2015 student Ashley Johnson. Down Syndrome Alabama’s mission is to promote awareness, acceptance and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

Pictured in the group shot to the right L/R: Katie Floyd, UAB; Amy Atkinson, UAB; Kristin Woodard, UAB; Ashley Johnson, UAB; Toni Spencer, Neal’s mom; Neal Spencer, walk honoree; Nyralon Johnson, UAB; Rhiannon Carroll, UAB; Marissa Wicker, UAB; and Emily Cherry, UAB. Walkers not pictured in the group shot from UAB are Casey Skorowski and Kelly Parker.

2013 Buddy Walk 01The event, established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, is held every year to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The walk was held at the Hoover Met and included a Line Dance Party with up and coming country singer Dylan Scott and his band. The money raised at the walk goes to the Down Syndrome Alabama supported programs including the UAB Adult Down Syndrome Clinic. The top group in the local walk raised $18,000. Nationally, the Buddy Walk has raised more than $11 million since its inception.