At a gathering that included the Junior Board of Visitors at Rucker Place, the BOV recognized members Bruce Burns, Eileen Meyer, John Beard and Barrett MacKay for outstanding contributions to the School in recent years that will provide important resources to accomplish future goals.
Burns, who joined the BOV in 2012, is an emergency room physician at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Meyer, who joined the BOV in 2014, is the lead cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioner at UAB Hospital and an alumna of the School who is currently enrolled in its doctoral program.
In 2011, Burns named a scholarship for Meyer as a 40th birthday surprise, and after they met their first recipient at the 2014 Scholarship Luncheon they were so moved they left the luncheon and drove straight to their attorney’s office to change their will to include a planned gift of potentially more than $2 million that will grow their scholarship and impact even more students.
Beard, who joined the BOV in 2014, is president of Alacare Home Health and Hospice, and he and his entire leadership team have agreed to support the School’s new building by pledging to name the Alacare Home Health and Hospice Nursing Skills Suite in Honor of Susan A. Brouillette, MPH, MBA, Chief Executive Officer. Brouillette, Beard’s sister, earned master’s degrees in business administration and public health from UAB in 1988.
Barrett MacKay, who has served on the BOV since 2002 and as chair from 2008 to 2010, and her husband, Rick, have previously endowed a nursing scholarship and brought to life the Barrett Brock MacKay Florence Nightingale Letters exhibit for the School’s students and faculty.
They were also early investors in the campaign to raise funds for the School’s new building, pledging $1 million to name the Rick M. and Barrett Brock MacKay Florence Nightingale Scholars Gallery. This space will be a special place for students and faculty located on the first floor of the new building adjacent to new high-tech simulation labs.
The board also welcomed several former BOV scholarship recipients and heard brief remarks from Mary Lee, a two-time recipient of the BOV Veteran’s Care Scholarship, and Taylor Hinkle, a fall 2014 recipient of the BOV Scholarship.
In closing, the BOV recognized Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing on her 10-year anniversary of becoming the School’s fourth dean.