Beasley Beyond the HKen Beasley at "Beyond the H"Ken E. Beasley, FACHE, an alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, has established the Beasley-Hall Endowed Scholarship in Health Administration. The scholarship, which honors Beasley’s family, will support students in the MSHA Residential program.

The scholarship is named Beasley-Hall to honor his entire family. His mother, Mary Lowrey Hall and his stepfather William E. Hall, as well as his father C.D. Beasley, Jr.

“My parents and grandparents did not have the benefit of college education and most did not have envious careers, yet they were unknowingly viewed as being among the most successful individuals in our community because of both their work ethic and the things they did for others,” said Beasley, MSHA Class 19. “They lived an understated life quietly espousing the values of hard-work, selflessness and often anonymous service to others, and integrity. The principles that define the Beasley-Hall family have led me to give back through the creation of this scholarship.”

InnoHack Team 01Opioid overdoses killed more than 40,000 Americans in 2016 – more than five times the number who died in 1999. InnoHack 2018 chose the opioid crisis as the biggest healthcare crisis facing Alabama and assigned the 80 competing professionals and students with the task to “hack” for 24 hours and find solutions to the opioid crisis in Jefferson County.

The 80 competitors were randomly divided into sixteen teams and spent January 19 – 20, 2018, at Innovation Depot developing solutions that were pitched to experts in the field. The best ideas survived a preliminary round of judging and then faced off in the finals.

The top three teams earned prize money and their ideas are being considered for implementation by healthcare organizations across Jefferson County, with hope that parts of the team’s ideas can be implemented. 

GregStrahanGreg Strahan, EMSHA alumnusGreg Strahan, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration (Executive) program, has been elected to the University of Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame.

Strahan, who serves as president and CEO of Owensboro Health, has been in the healthcare industry since 1986. From 2005 through 2007, he served as Owensboro Health's vice president of business development. In 2007, he was named chief operating officer and served in that capacity until being named interim-CEO in April 2016. Strahan was officially named president and CEO of the group in August 2016.

Larkin Kennedy FACHELarkin Kennedy, FACHE, MSHA Class 37Larkin Kennedy, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 37), has been named president and CEO of Rush Health Systems in Meridian, Mississippi. He will begin his new role with Rush on January 29, 2018, and becomes only the fifth person to lead the organization.

A news release sent out by Rush Health Systems said:

“The Board of Directors has a great deal of confidence and faith in Larkin Kennedy. He has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities during the time he has been at Rush. He is a very deliberate and determined young man who is committed to continuing the strong traditions of caring and excellence in medicine at Rush."

CAHME Accredited341x192The University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program has been chosen as a recipient of the 2018 CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education. The annual award delivered by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education , the premier accreditator  in their field, in partnership with Cerner, one of the nation’s leaders in health care technology, recognizes outstanding education in the use of information technology and management systems in healthcare.

“We are honored by this award, especially because it recognizes how we integrate the important areas of leadership and health informatics in our graduate programs at UAB,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration. “It also highlights the ways we work closely with the UAB Health System and our many alumni partners in the field to develop future leaders.”

The MSHA program, ranked second in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, is the highest ranked program at UAB and is located in the School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration.