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Jim Bakken

Jim Bakken

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Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
Leads public relations strategy for UAB and the UAB Health System, coordinating teams that provide internal and external support and visual assets to UAB, engaging target audiences and constituent groups with information and compelling content.
The UAB Health System will continue to accept United Healthcare insurance following a finalized agreement.
Following months of negotiations, the contracts will expire July 30 between United Healthcare and several UAB Health System entities. Only the Emergency Department at each hospital will remain open to United plan members without additional out-of-pocket costs.
Patients with questions about access can call the number on the back of their insurance card for information about physicians and hospitals who accept United Healthcare insurance.
UAB student satisfaction in 2017 is higher than ever and increased significantly from the 2015 survey. UAB students also recorded more satisfaction than national averages among students at four-year public universities.
UAB works to address record growth with plans to enhance parking and transportation following a comprehensive study and expert recommendations for strategic focus and investments.
UAB remains among the lowest in incidents of many crimes, and overall compares favorably to urban and non-urban universities in safety. Recent satisfaction survey results show students’ feelings of safety have increased.
UAB now has far and away the fastest supercomputer in Alabama, accelerating the volume and speed at which transformational education, research and medical care can occur.
With an economic impact now exceeding $7.15 billion, according to Tripp Umbach, Alabama’s largest single employer’s influence on the state’s economy has grown by more than 50 percent since the last study.
UAB’s student body grew nearly 7 percent year-over-year with gains in every school, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College. UAB also enrolled its largest and most academically prepared freshman class.

The ceremony will include employers that are hiring graduates. Prior graduates have secured employment with organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Honda, Protective Life and UAB.

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