BH CEHBrian Spraberry, CEO of Callahan Eye Hospital, made a return visit to the Collat School of Business on November 10, 2015 when he met with students in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA class, “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite.”

Callahan Eye Hospital is a member of the UAB Health System. It is located in the heart of the UAB medical campus on University Boulevard. Mr. Spraberry described the hospital’s strategic mission as taking care of people with blinding eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, and disorders related to the retina and cornea. Unlike the rest of the 1,000-bed UAB Health System, Callahan Eye Hospital delivers almost all of its services on an outpatient basis, both in the UAB campus building as well as in several satellite clinics around Birmingham.

Just one week before Mr. Spraberry’s visit, students in the class met with Jay Grinney, CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, an investor-owned provider of inpatient rehabilitation services and outpatient home health and hospice services. Mr. Spraberry explained that because Callahan Eye Hospital does not have investors, it reinvests all of its profits back into the operation of the hospital.

Mr. Spraberry also illustrated for students how a CEO sometimes must become a subject matter expert in an area outside of his regular duties, when he described his year-long effort to restore the dramatic kinetic sculpture that occupies much of the façade of his hospital, by the world-famous artist Yaacov Agam. (See photograph of the restored sculpture.)

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A group of students who had researched the hospital’s strategy made a presentation to Mr. Spraberry. The students encouraged Mr. Spraberry to consider opening a second facility, in light of the fact that the existing facility is landlocked.

"Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite” is taught by School of Business professor Stephen Yoder, and features visits from members of the executive suites of public or other large complex organizations who discuss their organizations’ strategies and how they are developed and implemented.