Kidada Hawkins 240x300Kidada Hawkins named Shoals Hospital CEOKidada Hawkins, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB MSHA/MBA program, has been named chief executive officer of Shoals Hospital. Hawkins, a member of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration Class 41, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served and held leadership roles in every community he has lived.

His statement from Shoals Hospital's announcement says:

“What most attracted my family and me to the area was the warmth and friendliness of the people,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The openness of the community reminds us of Trussville, where we live now, and Munford, where I am from. My family and I live in Trussville now, and, in many ways, it’s similar to Florence and Muscle Shoals. Shoals Hospital is well-run, and there are opportunities to expand our capabilities. Further, I believe RegionalCare Hospital Partners has exciting plans for both ECM and Shoals hospitals, and I’m eager to be part of those plans.”

BMD Minor FlyerLook around at your classmates - your competition. What is going to set you apart when you graduate?

A Minor in Biomedical Sciences is a flexible and unique minor that will prepare you to become a competitive 21st century health professional.

Want more out of your academic experience? If so, the minor in Biomedical Sciences is for you. More growth and more opportunities make you more in demand.

For more information please stop by the Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences Program’s Welcome Week festivities, Monday August 24th – Friday August 28th 9:00am - 4:00pm in the School of Health Professions Building room 424. Refreshments will be provided daily please RSVP to
Lelia EdwardsLelia Edwards, NCRA Registrar of the YearLelia Edwards, an alumna of the UAB Master of Science in Health Information program, has been named 2015 Registrar of the Year at the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) by Elekta.

“I was very surprised when I received the news,” said Edwards. “This is indeed such a great honor and I am very elated and appreciative to have been recognized, nominated and chosen to receive such a prestigious award. I share this joy with all Alabamians in the cancer data field which shines a brighter light on our State; and it has been my pleasure to have worked with so many talented people across this country.”

Edwards is also a 1992 graduate of the former UAB Health Information Management Nontraditional program. Having spent more than 37 years in the cancer registry field, she is a pioneer and one of two charter members of the Alabama Cancer Registrars Association.

TMCA CEO R HammettRichard Hammett, new CEO at Swedish Medical CenterRichard Hammett, alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration, will be the new President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center, effective August 3, 2015.

Currently Hammett serves as President and CEO at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA). HCA/HealthONE says this new position is a reflection of the results Hammett has achieved at TMCA since arriving in 2012. At TMCA, he oversaw four campuses, including a Level II Trauma Center, three emergency departments and three outpatient imaging centers. In their announcement, HCA/HealthONE said "under Richard’s leadership, TMCA received recognition by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures the past two years, while also seeing the growth of cardiovascular, surgery, oncology, behavioral health and wound care programs." Prior to TMCA, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at HCA’s St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

Potts with NMT studentsPotts with NMT studentsJennifer Potts, alumna of the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program and manager of Imaging Services at Brookwood Medical Center, hosted the latest Breakfast with Blazers. More than 15 NMT students met with Potts and were given a tour of the facility as well as valuable information.

The NMT students start their clinical rotation in a few weeks so Potts tailored her advice toward that endeavor. She told them they need to take full advantage of every opportunity given during rotations and make sure they shine in everything they do. She also told them to act like they are interviewing those they work with – always asking questions in order to learn more. Potts final words were to encourage them to really get their hands on the patients and to absorb as much first-hand knowledge as possible.

SEE MORE: photos from this event are on the SHP Flickr page

One student that paid close attention to those words was Kelly Archer, UAB NMT Class of 2016. The honor student begins her rotations with Potts on May 4, 2015. Others invited to the Breakfast with Blazers included Brianna Boatwright, Brandon Cohill, Krystle Glasgow, Nicky Haddox, Doricas Kerr, Dominque King, Brittany Kirkland, Elizabeth Kritzberger, Hong Lin, Tanya Liveoak, Kiet Nguyen, Ammar Sharif, Pamela Stevens, Matthew Sweeney, Kyle Thompson, Whitney Walker, Shalin Waterford and Program Director Norman Bolus.
*Editor's Note: Dhara Shah spoke of her dreams and the dreams of her family at the SHP Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, March 13, 2015. She was gracious enough to allow us to share her story and we thank her for her generosity.

Dhara Shaw at SHP Scholarship LuncheonDhara Shah at SHP Scholarship LuncheonWelcome to the SHP Scholarship luncheon! I stand before you because of the generosity of the family and friends of Ms. Shirley Shaddeau and the physical therapy alumni that chose to make a difference by donating to the Shirley Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship. I personally want to extend my gratitude to you. Also, thank you to the faculty and staff of the school of health professions and especially all the scholarship donors for dedicating your time to be with us this afternoon.

My name is Dhara Shah. I am a third year physical therapy student, and I am a dreamer. Growing up, dreams for me were seen always just that, dreams… not reality. My mother had a dream of becoming a microbiologist, however, in India a woman’s life revolved around getting married to a man arranged for her: her dream was forgotten. My father wanted to go to college and be an accountant, but his father passed away and being the oldest he had to provide for his family… his dream was forgotten. Uncles and aunts, cousins, and grandparents... many were dreamers, but reality had a way of pushing dreams by the wayside. 

To the School of Health Professions scholarship donors: Thank you! Thank you for allowing my dreams to come to reality, and thank you for allowing all the students in this room to follow their dreams.

2015 OT PTE2015 Pi Theta Epsilon inducteesThe UAB Department of Occupational Therapy’s Alpha Beta Pi Theta Epsilon chapter inducted their latest class and discussed the future course of the UAB chapter. They discussed options to help fund OT scholarships and looked into conducting workshops to prepare classmates for NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) certification.

Seven UAB OT students, Jason Vice, who serves as chapter president, Nicole Brown, Kahla Bryant, Erin Burke, Courtney Dunkerley, Emily Rose, and Catherine Stubbs, are members of UAB’s 24th PTE class. All received their official certificate in a casual ceremony hosted by faculty advisors Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR/L, and Laura Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA. Each student has at least a 3.5 GPA and ranks in the top 35 percent of their UAB OT class.

Pi Theta Epsilon is a national honor society for Occupational Therapy students and alumni designed to promote service, scholarship and research among OT students. It was established in 1958 and officially recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 1988. The UAB chapter was established in June 1988.
Hester JoshuaJoshua Hester at the AAMA SummitJoshua Hester, alumnus of the UAB Health Care Management program and administrative projects coordinator and manager at University of South Alabama Medical Center, recently presented “What Millenials Want: How to Successfully Grow the Next Generation of Leaders” at the American Academy of Medical Administrators' 2015 National Summit in Clearwater, Florida.

Hester, who himself is a Millenial, appeared in their “Success Stories” section and delivered his presentation in a TED Talk format.

“For the first time in history, we have four generations working together and each is characterized by different, sometimes negative, stereotypes,” said Hester to the audience. “Millenials think differently and digitally. They are accustomed to having information at their fingertips 24/7; they are most comfortable working in teams; and they have a need for networking both electronically and face-to-face.”

2014 OT 5K2014 Walk or Run with UAB OT 5kThe UAB Student Occupational Therapy Association hosts the 4th annual “Walk or Run with UAB OT 5k” on Saturday, Feb. 28. The event will be held at Heardmont Park, located at 5458 Cahaba Valley Road in Birmingham.

“The SOTA students provide a variety of services throughout the year that benefit the Birmingham community,” said Jason Vice, second-year UAB Occupational Therapy student. “In the past we have provided meals at the Ronald McDonald House, textbook scholarships for OT students in need and assistance with fees for the OT national conference and more. All proceeds go to help others.”

The Egg and I will be onsite providing fruit and coffee with timing completed provided by the Trak Shak. To register, visit There is a discount for all who register before February 1.