andy-davisAndy Davis - photo courtesy BBJThe Birmingham Business Journal has named Andy Davis, president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and a UAB School of Health Professions alumnus, to their 2014 Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article calls Davis, who was promoted from COO to president and COO in August 2011, "one of the most respected leaders in the organization." They go on to credit Davis "with growing efficiency, leading significant recruiting efforts and boosting patient satisfaction at the hospital."

Davis, age 37, earned a Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 34) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001. The UAB MSHA program is ranked 5th in the country for best healthcare management graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.
kayce-doverKayce Dover - photo courtesy BBJKayce Dover, CEO of HIM Connections and UAB School of Health Professions double alumna, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article says Dover, who started her company "from scratch while raising two young sons," is described by nominators as "a fireball of talent, energy, focus and success."

Dover, age 39, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (1997) and a Master of Science in Health Informatics (2002) from UAB SHP. Her company, HIM Connections, is a recruitment and staffing firm. The company specializes in locating credentialed and experienced Health Information Management professionals for hospitals.
james rimmer LakeshoreJames H. Rimmer, Ph.D., director of the Lakeshore Foundation / UAB Research Collaborative, has been selected to receive the AAP Excellence in Research Writing Award by the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the editorial board of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The award, which is given annually to the lead author of the best paper published in the AJPM&R each year, is for Rimmer’s article titled “Telehealth Weight Management Intervention for Adults with Physical Disabilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

The article appeared in the December, 2013, issue of AJPM&R. It examined the results of Rimmer’s study on the effects of a remote, telephone-based weight management program for people with physical disabilities. The subjects were studied for nine months and used a web-based telehealth system that he and his team developed referred to as POWERS - Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System.

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before afterLisa Toney before, afterUAB Weight Loss Medicine, the only program in the Southeast to offer a multi-disciplinary, medical approach to weight management, has launched to address a consistent rise in the regional rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

The program is a collaborative effort of the UAB Health System, the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB School of Health Professions. The new program began serving patients in early January 2014. It is open to patients who are self-referred or physician referred and provides patients access to top experts and the newest technologies in nutrition with physicians from the departments of Medicine and Nutrition Sciences. It occupies the first and fifth floors of UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Ave. South in Birmingham.

“UAB Weight Loss Medicine serves as a comprehensive resource for those who want to lose weight, maintain weight loss, or prevent excessive weight gain during high-risk medical conditions such as post-injury rehabilitation and breast cancer treatment,” says Amy Warriner, M.D., co-director of the program and associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, in the School of Medicine.

Christy LemakChristy Lemak, Ph.D., named new chair of Department of Health Services AdministrationChristy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., has been named chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration. Lemak comes to UAB from the University of Michigan where she serves as director of the Griffith Leadership Center in Health Management and Policy. She is also chief academic officer of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Lemak, a leader in healthcare management, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a board member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, an elected position she has held since 2009; and an expert advisor for the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. In 2011, she earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division.

Original story written by Clinton Colmenares, photos courtesy Charlie Prince

Simulation-week-studentsUAB faculty learn simulation trainingUAB took a giant step forward toward building a world-class simulation training program for health professionals across campus when 21 participants, including two from the School of Health Professions, completed an extensive week-long course here led by faculty from the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard.

Simulation training uses mannequins that mimic a multitude of patient conditions and responses in very life-like settings. It provides students real-world scenarios – from how to communicate with patients or concerned family members to emergent situations – in a safe environment. It affords faculty the chance to challenge students and provide immediate feedback.

School of Medicine and UAB Hospital participants represented Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Infectious Diseases, GI Surgery and the branch campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Now their charge is to become champions of simulation by developing and leading projects specific to their disciplines.

Christopher Ebner addresses gradsUAB alum Christopher Ebner, OTR/L, addresses OT gradsChristopher Ebner, OTR/L, alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Occupational Therapy, is the occupational therapy supervisor with the Warrior Transition Battalion - Europe. The battalion is responsible for treating service members who are wounded, ill or injured; and preparing them and their family to succeed when they transition back to the armed forces or into civilian life.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Ebner, who is based in Kaiser Slautern, Germany, was invited back to Birmingham to deliver the graduation address at the OT Class of 2013 hooding ceremony. It was a moving speech the 50 graduates will not soon forget.

GC Sim Lab web 01Dawn Taylor Peterson, Ph.D., monitors simulatorSitting in the clinic room alone with her crying baby is a 20-something year old mother. She does not know it, but she is about to be told that her 10-month-old son who is being evaluated for failure to thrive may also have a genetic condition that could lead to additional health and developmental problems in the future.

Delivering the news is a second-year graduate student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Genetic Counseling Program. This is the first time the student will have the opportunity to deliver this type of abnormal test result during her training as a genetic counselor.

Fortunately for all involved, this is a simulation session where the mother is a standardized patient and the baby is a high-fidelity mannequin. The session provides the genetic counseling class members the opportunity to deliver difficult and complex genetic test information in a realistic, yet supervised environment. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time any of them deliver bad news.

Dana Hollenbeck-2When the University of Alabama at Birmingham Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory decided to hire their first ever genetic counselor they started by meeting with prospective applicants at the 2012 National Society of Genetic Counselors conference in Boston - the logical place to find the best genetic counselors in the United States.

But as it turns out, to find the best they didn’t need to leave Alabama. Or Birmingham. Or UAB. Or University Boulevard. Dana Hollenbeck, who they eventually hired, was a second year student in the UAB Genetic Counseling Program located in the School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – a mere three blocks from their headquarters in the Kaul Human Genetics Building.

“Dana was uniquely qualified for this position because of her training as a genetic counselor and her extensive clinical database management experience,” said Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, former director of the UAB GC Program. “She also benefited from having the opportunity to work with other UAB Laboratory Genetic Counselors during her graduate studies. This provided her with an understanding to the specific demands and value of the role within a clinical laboratory.”