2018 NCHL ConferenceThe National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s 2018 Human Capital Investment Conference is November 13 – 14, 2018. The annual event, which this year is themed The Arriving Future, also features the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award.

Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Health Services Administration, is a speaker at the Award dinner that honors Nancy Howell Agee. Agee is president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, in Roanoke, Virginia, and chair of the American Hospital Association. Lemak is a member of the Center's board and co-chair of the Warden Leadership Excellence Selection Committee. The department is part of the NCHL GEHM LENS group. 

Allyson HallAllyson Hall, Ph.D., health policy professor in the Department of Health Services Administration has been named program director of the UAB Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety.

Hall has studied access and systems to care for vulnerable populations for over three decades.  She will lead UAB’s Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, as well as a Graduate Certificate that is the most popular graduate-level certificate program at UAB

“Allyson’s research on care transitions, patient experiences and health outcomes gives her a unique and important perspective on healthcare quality and safety issues,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration (HSA). “She is also an experienced program director who brings that leadership to this role.”

“Assuring patient safety and high quality care is a continuing challenge for our health care delivery system,” said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., health policy professor who teaches in  in UAB’s Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA), undergraduate Health Care Management (HCM) and both HSA Doctoral programs. “I look forward to continuing to develop and grow graduation education in healthcare quality and safety.”

Jamie Dabal ChildrensJamie Dabal, FACHE, alumna of the School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 39), has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2018 Women to Watch list.

Dabal, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is divisional director of supply chain and operational support for Children’s of Alabama where she leads the supply chain efforts for the entire organization. She has developed and implemented the Organization Readiness plan for all of Children’s of Alabama and is implementing a training plan for more than 1,000 employees in leadership and front line staff.

Ronald Owen AHHOF 01Ronald S. Owen, FACHE, alumnus of the School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration (MSHA Class 8) program, was inducted to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame this summer.

The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame (AHHOF), founded in 1997, recognizes “those persons living or deceased who have made outstanding contributions to, or rendered exemplary service for healthcare in the State of Alabama.”

Owen, who served as CEO of Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan nearly 20 years, also served as president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, the academic division of the 420-bed regional medical center.

MendixThe UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Informatics program partners with Mendix to provide students and faculty free access to the next generation of low-code application development platform. The collaboration allows students to build working apps to scale without requiring them to learn how to code.

“Mendix provides a platform that levels the playing field for all of our students and provides us with an opportunity to graduate students with relevant health informatics skills,” said Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., director, Graduate Programs in Health Informatics.