PA Class of 2018 NicaraguaTwenty-four students of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program delivered medical supplies and care to Somotillo, Nicaragua from August 19 – 26, 2017.

The students served in local schools, villages, and a clinic – Clinica Ministerios de Jesus – every day.

“Although we all initially signed up for this trip to serve in the clinic, the village ministry was truly life changing,” said Jessica Mena, UAB PA Class of 2018. “The joy on the face of each child and parent that we were able to serve was a humbling reminder of how blessed we are to be in school learning how to help people for the rest of our lives.”

Deborah Lambert Boger Award web 02Tara Pearce and Don Lein present
the Boger Award to Deborah Lambert
Deborah Lambert, a senior physical therapist at UAB Medical West, has received the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Physical Therapy’s Loretta R Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education.

The award is delivered annually to a clinical instructor – faculty who teach PT students in the clinical setting – who is “an outstanding role model in teaching and interaction with patients, families, staff and students;” who “demonstrates creativity in the teaching/learning process;” and who “places a high priority on developing clinical education skills for self and staff.”

Marcellus EdwardsMarcellus A. Edwards, IVMarcellus A. Edwards IV, a 2016 graduate of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences program, was recently awarded The Howard University Trustee Tuition Scholarship. Edwards, a first-year student in the Howard University College of Medicine, was a member of the first UAB BHS class in 2015.

“The UAB BHS program allowed me to hone my study skills, and gave me the education that allowed me to excel during my first year,” said Edwards, who earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Tuskegee University.

Alex CodyAlex Cody, UAB Physician Assistant StudiesAlex Cody, a second-year student in the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been selected by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the Student Health Policy Fellowship. This is a three-day intensive workshop where fellows will develop skills in three areas:

  • Advocacy – learn how the legislative process works and how to become effective advocates.
  • Leadership – build and refine skills to organize and lead others.
  • Health Care Environment – develop understanding of the role of PAEA and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in advancing health policy.

Callie AndrewsCallie Andrews receiving ACHE awardCallie Andrews, alumna of the Master of Science in Health Administration program, and Erin Yarbrough, alumna of the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, have been selected to receive the UAB National Alumni Society’s 2017 Young Alumni Rising Star Award.

Andrews, a member of MSHA Class 41, currently serves as the COO and Facility Compliance Officer at WellStar Cobb Hospital. In January 2017, Andrews received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Yarbrough, a 2014 HQS graduate, is Senior Director of Hospitalist Service, Graduate Medical Education and Provider Contracts with UAB Medicine. She also holds the position of Communications Member Elect with the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum, the officially designated chapter of ACHE.

hoskins1Samuel Hoskins, RPA-C, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, has received the 2017 Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence from Bassett Healthcare Network. The award is given annually in recognition of service to the network’s patients, students, colleagues and community.

Hoskins was chosen from a group of eight finalists.

“I want to thank all the Advanced Practice Clinicians at BHC and say congratulations to the other nominees – I would encourage you to continue your excellent clinical practice and remain active and involved with the evolution of this institution,” said Hoskins who serves as chief physician assistant of Bassett Healthcare Network.

*Story courtesy Memorial Hermann

Chuck StokesChuck Stokes with Memorial Hermann staffMemorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, effective immediately. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim President and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse and is an alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration (Class 17), is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

“Chuck has proven himself to be an outstanding leader during the course of his remarkable career with our organization, working tirelessly to guide Memorial Hermann on its journey toward becoming a high-reliability organization with a strong focus on innovation and transformation,” said Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon. “He has an unwavering commitment to our patients, medical staff and to Memorial Hermann, the latter of which has been instrumental in helping us transform our operational structure in order to meet the challenges and demands of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.”

Sarah Blaylock DefenseSarah Blaylock Dissertation DefenseSarah Blaylock, a PhD candidate in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, defended her dissertation on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and is on track to become the program’s second graduate in history.

Blaylock’s dissertation, titled “Increasing the Accessibility of a Falls Prevention Intervention for Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Low Vision,” tested a modified version of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended falls prevention intervention known as the Study of Accidental Falls in the Elderly (SAFE) Health Behavior and Exercise Intervention. Blaylock looked at whether or not the SAFE intervention was accessible to older adults with low vision and piloted a version of the SAFE intervention that has been modified for use with individuals with low vision at the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center.

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36Neerav Jadeja, alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 36) and CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 60 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

This is the third time since 2014 that Jadeja is a member of Becker's Hospital Review “Rising Stars” list. In 2014, he was named to the “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” and in 2016, he landed on the “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40”. The 2016 profile mentions that surviving a car crash as a child began Jadeja’s journey to a career in health care.

Jadeja joined Paradise Valley Hospital in 2010 as administrator and currently serves as CEO.