UAB Medicine announced today that it is adding a chief operating officer (COO) position to its operational structure and has named University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services Reid F. Jones to the role.
Jones will be responsible for management of UAB Hospital, Ambulatory Services (the clinical component of UAB Medicine) and Health System Information Services (HSIS), as well as a new revenue cycle function, funds flow operations and support services.
He will report to UAB Health System CEO Will Ferniany, Ph.D.
“We are excited that Reid has agreed to transition into this important role,” Ferniany said. “His experience, background and familiarity with UAB Medicine and our strategic plan will be invaluable as we enhance our operations.”
Jones, a Birmingham native and UAB graduate, has been an administrator at UAB Medicine for more than 20 years.
“We have a great team in place, and I am looking forward to working more closely with UAB Hospital, Ambulatory Services, HSIS and the clinical departments as we, together, face the challenges of the current health care environment,” Jones said. “We will ensure that the entire organization is aligned and focused on providing the highest quality patient care in an environment that assures our patients and their families feel they made the very best decision regarding where they receive health care.”
Jones’ aim in the newly created position is to ensure that the COO’s role is one that enhances ongoing efforts related to AMC 21, the long-term strategic plan of UAB Medicine.
“Our Reaching for Excellence initiatives are producing outstanding results as reflected in our patient satisfaction scores,” Jones said. “I believe further alignment of the organization will only improve the experience of our patients.”
Jones’ previous positions at UAB Medicine include executive vice president of the UAHSF/senior vice president ambulatory services of the UAB Health System, vice president of management services and executive administrator of the Department of Surgery. Prior to his UAB Medicine career, Jones served as vice president of planning and development at St. Vincent’s Hospital.