Drex DeFordChief Information Officer Drex DeFord announced he is leaving Seattle Children’s Hospital next month to take over the same role at Boston-based Steward Health Care. DeFord is a 1997 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Informatics program in the Department of Health Services Administration.

Steward is a 10-hospital system and one of the 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations as designated by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Read more about DeFord’s move on FierceHealthIT.

Kay Clements, MA, RHIA, Robert Garrie, MPA, RHIA, and Midge Ray, MSN, MEd, RN, all associate professors in the Health Information Management program in the Department of Health Services Administration, have been reapproved by the American Health Information Management Association as coding system trainers. The three faculty members trained to become proficient in the two parts of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System or otherwise known as ICD-10-CM/PCS.

jessicahartlineJessica Hartline has been chosen to become the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s student representative. She is the first UAB undergraduate to be selected to represent all nuclear medicine students in the national organization.

Michelle CardelMichelle Cardel, a doctoral student in nutrition sciences, has been chosen as a finalist in the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. Out of 900 abstracts submitted, Cardel was named as one of the top five finalists.

Cardel received high scores for her abstract, “Greater consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids are related to increased lean mass and decreased total and visceral adiposity in a racially diverse sample of children.”  Her mentor was José Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor and vice chair for education for the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She will present her oral abstract during The Obesity Society’s Thirtieth Annual Scientific Meeting on September 23, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.


Miriam Van Dyke won first place at UAB ExpoMiriam Van Dyke, Nuclear Medicine Technology student, won first place in her category at UAB Expo.SHP Honors swept the health sciences category no. two at the Fifth Annual UAB Expo: An Exposition of Undergraduate Scholarships on April 20, 2012. Out of the 126 presentations, SHP had 15 students’ present posters of their research.

Placing first was Miriam Van Dyke, a Nuclear Medicine Technology student, on “Survey of Radiological Emergency Preparedness: Nuclear Medicine Technologists (SREP: NMT).”

Emma Johnson, a Respiratory Therapy student, placed second with “Infectivity of M. Tuberculosis Genes mce 4C and D in Latent Tuberculosis.”

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.

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 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.

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.