OwenBailey USAHealth COO 2016Owen Bailey, named new USA Health COOOwen Bailey, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration program, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives. This is a new role for the veteran health care leader who served as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

Bailey, a member of Class 22 of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, will be responsible for the management, operation and oversight of USA Health with a goal of enhancing a high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care delivery system.

USA Health Vice President Stan Hammack said Bailey’s leadership skills and experience in health care will be assets in this new role. 

"Five years ago, we were glad to have Owen join our management team," Hammack said. "His combination of experience and leadership is appreciated, and we are pleased he has taken on this new position. He will work closely with our administrative teams and advocate on state and national health care policy matters that directly affect our patients." 

Tom Miller Alumni AwardDr. Jones with Tom Miller, 2014 SHP Alumni AwardsThomas D. Miller, Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA Class 18) alumnus, has been named president and CEO of Quorum Health Corporation. The move became official on April 29, 2016, when Community Health Systems announced it completed the spinoff of QHC from CHS.

Because of spinoff, QHC has a portfolio of nearly 40 hospitals with an aggregate of just over 3,500 licensed beds. The hospitals are spread out over 16 states and are mostly located in rural cities and counties with populations of 50,000 or less.

“QHC launches with a clear vision to focus on improving the health care in every community where services are provided,” said Miller, who also serves on the UAB School of Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Board. “At a time when rural hospitals are under siege, we will use our resources to help make these hospitals essential in their communities. We look forward with determination and enthusiasm to the opportunity ahead.”

Stribling LectureKate Stribling, UAB PT, Class of '11Kate Stribling, a member of the UAB Physical Therapy Class of 2011, returned to campus this week to speak to the members of PT Classes of 2017 and 2018. Nearly 100 first and second year PT students crowded into a class in the School of Health Profession Building to hear her speak.

Stribling, who currently serves as a Physical Therapy Resident at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, discussed the importance of this program that is only available after a graduate physical therapist obtains their license to practice. She let the students know a residency – which requires a minimum of 1,500 hours – is well worth the effort.

Michael WiechartMichael Wiechart, president and CEO of Capella Healthcare and student in the UAB Executive Doctor of Science (DSc) program, is on the cover of the March 2016 issue of HealthLeaders. Wiechart is featured under the heading “Marginal Differences: Is the distinction beginning to blur between for-profit and nonprofit healthcare organizations?

Wiechart’s answer: there are no significant differences as they each work under the same guidelines to achieve value-based care.

“Neither for-profits nor nonprofits have the luxury of ignoring sustainability or patient-care excellence,” Wiechart told HealthcareLeaders for their Cover Story. “We’re all dealing with the same environment and the same challenges. And it’s about who can do it better.”

kevin mcintyreMcIntyre will receive his award in Chicago on March 16.

Story by Adam Pope, UAB  News

Kevin McIntyre, a senior in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions, has placed third in the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.

In the Birmingham native’s essay, “Controversies in Improving Surgical Quality,” he discusses the different ways quality is measured and different interventions being done to improve quality.

McIntyre is grateful that four years of hard work has paid dividends.

“It means a great deal to me,” McIntyre said. “It feels good that all that research has paid off.”

McIntyre credits his mentors, Christy Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, and Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., Health Care Management program director, for preparing him to succeed in the essay competition.

The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future health care executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession.

McIntyre will receive his award at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership during the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 16, in Chicago.


NMT Open House 2016 03 30Want a nuclear powered future? Want to work with cutting edge science and technology? Then a Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology is for you!

The UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program, home to the only Master's entry-level program available in the U.S., hosts an information session Wednesday, March 30, 2016, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the School of Health Professions Building (1705 University Blvd.).

You are unique. You want a unique education.
You want UAB NMT.

UAB NMT is the 1st program in the United States to rise to a Master's entry-level status. We are a highly specialized diagnostic and therapy degree. You will be entering a profession which utilizes radionuclides to image and treat disease in the body. Plus, our profession is ranked among the Top 20 “Best Healthcare Jobs” according to U.S. News & World Report.

UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program is in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Email AskCDS@uab.edu or call 205-934-3209 for more information.

Dawn AhnerDawn Ahner, 1st year DSc studentDawn Ahner, a first-year student in the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "130 women hospital and health system leaders to know."

Ahner, who serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Renown Health in Reno, Nevada, is "responsible for driving a LEAN culture within the organization" according to the article. She has worked at Renown for more than 20 years and oversees finance, human resources, marketing and communications and other nonclinical service areas across the system.

The Renown leadership webpage says that Ahner also oversees the system's transitional services including post-acute continuum of care with hospice, palliative care, home care and Renown Rehabilitation hospital. Her divisions cover more than 1,000 employees.

Ahner is scheduled to graduate the DSc program in Summer 2018.

Pat CurrieCurrie with UAB MSHA students DeAngalo Nesby and Festus Oguhebe, Jr.Patricia Currie, alumna of the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "130 women hospital and health system leaders to know" for 2015. Each year, Becker's recognizes women "who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry."

Currie, who is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been president and chief operating officer (COO) of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas since 2013. Prior to that she was COO of Scott & White Healthcare from 2004 until the merger with Baylor Health Care System.

She continues to give back to her alma mater UAB and the next generation of healthcare leaders by serving as a mentor and preceptor to students of the #2 ranked MSHA program. Most recently she was on campus in September 2015, for the annual Preceptor's Conference and Van Zile Scott Lecture Series.

Currie's role includes working closely with the chief medical officer (CMO) of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas, to lead the region’s day-to-day operations. This is part of Baylor Scott & White Health Central Texas' use of the Dyad Leadership Partnership model (administrative leaders paired with physician leaders to combine skills and expertise) of the integrated health care system. Currie, in conjunction with the CMO, provide leadership for the hospitals, partner hospitals, clinical services and clinic locations across the region.
Schweitzer logoThe Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) supports graduate students committed to becoming individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others.

Improving Health, Developing Leaders, Creating Change

This year, the Alabama ASF chapter will select up to 16 local graduate students from multiple schools and health related disciplines, each of whom designs and implements their own 200-hour community service projects addressing local unmet health needs and the social determinants of health.

Fellows develop as lifelong leaders in service through a year-long program of leadership development training, peer reflection, and mentoring. The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in a professional degree program at the time of application and through the 2016-2017 school year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend.


Applications are due January 22nd. You may complete a Partner Application Form or Single Application Form online.

For more information about the program visit http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/alabama/application-information/.

Please contact Kristin Boggs, Program Director with any questions – kristin.boggs@schweitzerfellowship.org or 205-934-9212.