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.

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.

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.

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.”

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 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.

Jamison Beek wins graduate research dayGenetic Counseling student Jamison Beek with his mentor Christina Hurst. Jamison Beek, a second year Genetic Counseling student, took home first place in the annual UAB Graduate Research Day on March 2, 2012. He won in the category of “Public Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences” for his research titled, “Are Health Care Professionals Ready and Willing to Incorporate Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Into Patient Care?”

2012 OT race organizersWhat started as just an idea by a couple of OT students has turned into a huge success. On Feb. 4, 2012, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Occupational Therapy students not only instituted its inaugural fundraiser but also raised awareness about the importance and purpose of occupational therapy.  The “Run, Walk, or Roll with UAB OT,” consisted of a 5K Race at Heardmont Park. The race netted $3,500 that will help support the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to provide students with scholarships for books, help support their community organizations and enable students to attend the OT national conference.  

Geoffrey BeekGeoffrey Beek, a first year genetic counseling student in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, received a summer internship with the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The program gives students who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree genetic counseling program direct exposure to the genetic counseling role in clinical genetic laboratories.