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Rutsky L to R: Kristian Baker-Coon, Stephanie McSweeney, Terri Middlebrooks, Emily Simmons, Adrianne Lawyer, Latonya Freeman, Jennifer Hicks, Dr. Rodney Tucker, Jared Ball, Dora Honeysucker, Dr. Ken Boockvar, and Dr. Anand Iyer This week, the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, co-directed by Rodney Tucker, M.D., (Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) observed National Healthcare Decision Day — an initiative designed to inspire, educate and empower the public to consider and document their wishes regarding healthcare. While 92% of Americans say it's important to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care, only 32% have had such a conversation. At three hospital locations, patients and employees were invited to learn how to begin important conversations prior to an emergency or end-of-life crisis. Each received resources to guide them in thinking about future goals of care and serve as a reference for health decisions.

More Good News for April 21, 2023

Basu Earns 2023 NCCN Young Investigator Award

Arnab Basu, M.D., MPH (Assistant Professor, Hematology & Oncology) received a prestigious 2023 National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation Young Investigator Award to research ways to eliminate persistent kidney cancer.

Cimino to Lead Newly Created HSOM Department

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of James Cimino, M.D., (Professor, General Internal Medicine) to chair the newly formed Department of Biomedical Informatics and Data Sciences.

STEP Recognized as International Model Program

Last month, the Staging Transitions for Every Patient (STEP) Program was highlighted as a model transition program at the Spina Bifida World Congress. Program Director Betsy Hopson, MSHA, led the team in sharing 36 platform and poster presentations.