Larkin Kennedy FACHELarkin Kennedy, FACHE, MSHA Class 37Larkin Kennedy, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 37), has been named president and CEO of Rush Health Systems in Meridian, Mississippi. He will begin his new role with Rush on January 29, 2018, and becomes only the fifth person to lead the organization.

A news release sent out by Rush Health Systems said:

“The Board of Directors has a great deal of confidence and faith in Larkin Kennedy. He has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities during the time he has been at Rush. He is a very deliberate and determined young man who is committed to continuing the strong traditions of caring and excellence in medicine at Rush."

CAHME Accredited341x192The University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program has been chosen as a recipient of the 2018 CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education. The annual award delivered by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education , the premier accreditator  in their field, in partnership with Cerner, one of the nation’s leaders in health care technology, recognizes outstanding education in the use of information technology and management systems in healthcare.

“We are honored by this award, especially because it recognizes how we integrate the important areas of leadership and health informatics in our graduate programs at UAB,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration. “It also highlights the ways we work closely with the UAB Health System and our many alumni partners in the field to develop future leaders.”

The MSHA program, ranked second in the nation (in 2020, the program moved up to #1) according to U.S. News & World Report, is the highest ranked program at UAB and is located in the School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration.

women leaders beckers logoPatricia Currie, president of Central Texas Hospital Operations at Baylor Scott & White Health and alumna of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA), and Dawn Ahner, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and interim chief financial officer of Renown Health and a doctoral candidate in the UAB Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services (DSc), have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review “130 women hospital and health system leaders to know.”

For Ahner and Currie, this is the third straight year that each has appeared on the prestigious list from Becker’s Hospital Review.

“The Department is proud of these two outstanding leaders,” says Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., Chair of UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration. “They each are role models in their commitment to patients and families, high quality care, and their amazing financial and strategic acumen.”

Stephen OConnor 334x448Stephen J. O'Connor, Ph.D.Stephen J. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE, professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration, explores market justice (i.e. free capitalism) and social justice (western Judeo-Christian values) principles as competing cultural value systems undergirding American health care in a recent article published in a supplement of BMC Health Services Research.

The article, titled “Improving health and wellness in medically underserved communities: insights, innovations, and applications,” says national and local efforts at health reform should draw on the best of both principles to find a workable approach for improving health and healthcare access.

“The federal government’s absence of direction and coherence on healthcare policy has resulted in a state of turmoil for key industry stakeholders,” said O’Connor, who is also a scholar in the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. “This situation is particularly perilous for hospitals in underserved, impoverished, and rural settings. As our nation ascribes to both market justice and social justice values, a workable approach to stabilizing the chaos in this enormous sector of the economy should use the best elements embodied in both of these value systems.”

2017 HCM HonorsHCM's Upsilon Phi Delta inducteesThe UAB School of Health Professions’ Health Care Management program inducted 23 new members to the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society at their annual Honors Reception. The honor society, which is part of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher (4.0 scale) in 18 hours of work for undergraduate members.

Also honored at the event were Rachel Wisniewski, who was the winner of the 2017 HCM Student Honor, and Rebecca Nix who earned the Thompson T. Abercrombie, Distinguished Graduate Award.

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Jessica Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, received the 2017 HCM Faculty Honor.

The ceremony also recognized three students for their research projects. The School of Health Professions’ Honors Program honored Alisa Byrd, Harington Joe and Emily Tinsley for their research projects.