Deborah GrimesDeborah Grimes, UAB Health System Chief Diversity OfficerDeborah Grimes, RN, JD, CHC, CPHQ, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, has been named the UAB Health System’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Grimes, who serves as Associate Vice President Quality / Chief Compliance Officer at UAB Hospital, began her new appointment on April 1, 2017.

An article from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), said that in her 25 years’ experience in healthcare she has “demonstrated her passion and commitment to equity and inclusion by working with diversity professionals across the University.”

Grimes’ appointment includes a seat on the UAB Equity Leadership Council. Councilmembers serve as liaisons to the DEI and serve as resources for faculty and staff recruitment across UAB.

jay de los reyesJay de los Reyes, MSHA Class 40Jay E. de los Reyes, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC). He takes over the 144-bed acute care hospital located in Port Huron, Michigan, in June 2017.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to lead a hospital that has served the community so well for more than 60 years,” said de los Reyes, a member of MSHA Class 40. “I look forward to working with the physicians, nurses, employees, leadership and the executive team at Lake Huron Medical Center to ensure the best care for the patients we serve.”

packhealth uma and maziMazi Rasulnia with Uma Srivastava
in the Pack Health offices
Mazi Rasulnia refuses to do things the same way everyone else does just because everyone else is doing it.

Perfect example – who he employs.

Rasulnia’s company, Pack Health, is a team of health advisors (think financial advisors for your health) that provide personal, one-on-one service to members.

So what does that have to do with the UAB Biotechnology program? Everything.

The knowledge to take scientific ideas to the people. The skills to manage others in health care. And the understanding of the processes that make medicines work and how they react.

And that is why, in only two years, one UAB Biotech grad has risen to Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Pack Health.

The 5th annual Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Professional Networking Reception was held on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The event is part of the department’s Professional Skills and QEP curriculum which provides students with the opportunity to enhance their professionalism and teamwork skills.

First-year graduate students, representing the Biotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Genetic Counseling, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Physician Assistant Studies programs, were able to connect with fellow students, faculty and professionals from each of their respective fields. 

Highlights of this year’s event included Networking Bingo and the Outstanding First Year Graduate Student Scholarship awards that were given to one student from each program. Each is pictured below with the CDS Chair Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., and their program director or faculty member. You can see all the photos in this Flickr photo album.

BwB Chris Baker

The latest edition of Breakfast with Blazers features an alumnus from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Physical Therapy.

Chris Baker, PT, DPT (UAB Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2014), a physical therapist at BenchMark Physical Therapy in Chelsea, shared breakfast and insight with 17 students from the UAB DPT Class of 2018.

“Embrace the chaos of UAB DPT,” said an enthusiastic Baker (appearing 3rd from right in photo). “The faculty do a fantastic job of preparing you for everything to expect when you begin practice. Trust in them, trust in the program, and you will trust yourself on the other side.”

OwenBailey USAHealth COO 2016Owen Bailey, MSHA Class 22, named CEO of USA HealthOwen Bailey, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration program (Class 22) and a veteran health care leader who has served as chief operating officer of USA Health since March 2016, has been named chief executive officer and senior associate vice president for medical affairs of the comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.  

In this role, Bailey will be the chief executive responsible for the management and operation of the University of South Alabama hospitals and outpatient centers with a goal of providing high quality, cost-effective, innovative health care.  

University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop and John V. Marymont MD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the college of medicine in charge of the oversight of USA Health, are delighted Bailey accepted the position.

Alabama PA on Call: Help When You Need ItAlabama PA on Call: Langston, Coleman, MorrissIf you’ve ever lost a job, you’ve heard the clichés – “one door closes, another door opens” or “a fresh start” or “the first day of a new you” – from all your friends.

But what do you tell yourself?

What media mogul Ted Turner, said: “There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”

Or what Apple founder Steve Jobs said: “…it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

And then, even worse, what do you do with yourself?

If you are Sheryll Coleman, PA-C, Linda Langston, PA-C, and Sally Morriss, PA-C, who weren’t fired but simultaneously lost their jobs, you do dinner.

In 2008, Coleman, Langston and Morriss, each alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, found out the company they worked for was shutting down their Alabama operations in less than a month.

DSC 0030Bert Gavin, PA, Breakfast with BlazersBert Gavin, UAB PA Class of 1974, met with UAB PA Class of 2018 as part of our Breakfast with Blazers series. We are honored to have one of our first graduates of the program join us in the year that we celebrate 50 years of UAB Physician Assistant Studies.

Did you know? UAB has the 2nd oldest PA program in the U.S.

Gavin, who paved the way for PAs in the state of Alabama, talked to the students about how the profession has developed over the years. He also encouraged the students to get involved at the local and state levels because groups like the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants play a significant role.

Michael Matthews receives Kinard Award from Winthrop University President Dan MahoneyMichael Matthews receives Kinard Award from Winthrop University President Dan MahonyMichael Matthews, Ph.D., alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhD in Administration-Health Services program, has been honored by Winthrop University with its top teaching award. On December 17, 2016, Matthews received the Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching as part of Winthrop’s Commencement Ceremony.

Matthews, an associate professor of management, gave credit to his classmates and instructors at UAB for helping him reach this pinnacle achievement.

“My experience at UAB was, and still is, nothing short of amazing,” said Matthews. “The network of MSHA and PhD alumni from UAB is unparalleled and I am fortunate to be a part of this incredible network. Winning the Kinard Award is my greatest professional honor and a direct reflection of those who invested time and energy in me during my academic and industry career and I am eternally grateful.”