Harry A. Nurkin, PhD, former healthcare executive and UAB Department of Health Services Administration faculty member, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 13, 2011.
"Nurkin has been an integral part of the healthcare industry for many years as a visionary who transformed Charlotte Memorial Hospital into Carolinas HealthCare Systems, a mentor and administrative residency preceptor to many young aspiring healthcare executives, and a fervent supporter and believer in education," said Gerald Glandon, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration.
Nurkin worked at UAB twice - first in 1974 as Associate Administrator of UAB Hospital and then again in 2002 as Executive-in-Residency and Director of the Executive MSHA Program within the Department of Health Services Administration. In 2009, Nurkin continued to give back to UAB when he served as a judge for the UAB Health Administration Case Competition.
"Not only did he provide excellent feedback to the teams he critiqued but he also provided a eulogy for L.R. (Rush) Jordan who had passed away the week before the competition and the L.R. Jordan Distinguished Lecture," said Randa Hall, MBA, MSHA, instructor for the Master of Science in Health Administration program.