borkowskiNancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA, professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration, has earned the 2017 Frederick T. Muncie Gold Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. The award is given to members to recognize continuous active service at the chapter and national levels.

“I joined HFMA in 2002 as a member and soon after began my service as a reviewer for the organization’s widely-read monthly publication, HFM. Fifteen years later, I still review for HFM,” said Borkowski, who also serves as the site co-director of the UAB Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT). “Over the years, I have volunteered in various roles for both the Florida and Alabama HFMA chapters. Most recently, I served as the state-wide Program Committee Chair for Alabama’s chapter. HFMA has provided me with quality educational programming to stay abreast of changes within the healthcare industry as well as networking opportunities across the country.”

Bryant JustinJustin Bryant, MSHA Class 47,
named COO Grandview Medical Center
Justin Bryant, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 47), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Grandview Medical Center. He succeeds Drew Mason who was recently named Chief Executive Officer.

In 2015, Bryant was hired as Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the medical center. In addition to serving as operations chief for patient move day, Bryant has also evaluated and acquired new technology platforms to aid in communications, information technology, productivity management, major patient care initiatives, emergency services, the development of key service lines, and management responsibility for Grandview ancillary support services.

In a news release from Grandview Medical Center, CEO Drew Mason had this to say about Bryant and his new role as COO:

Barbara Adams at CaseBarbara Adams
2017 Women in Technology - Dallas
Barbara Adams, MSHI, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics program, has been named a Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Technology Award winner.

Adams, the CIO of Cornerstone Healthcare Group’s IT and PMO departments, told the DBJ that working in healthcare IT is her “true passion” because you can directly impact patient care by your efforts in driving “change and adoption.”

In her profile, titled “How Cornerstone Healthcare CIO found her ‘true passion,’” Adams goes on to talk about contributions to her own company that met “front end patient care needs while consolidating our financial system” as well as the top roadblock to success for women in the tech industry.

“Lack of visible female mentors and role models in technology.” Adams told the DBJ. “When you’re a female in a male-dominated industry, you can fall into a trap and think your struggles are unique. When you hear other females share their challenges and advice, it empowers you to know you are not alone and you can pursue your technology career dreams.”

The “Leading Forward: Navigating Career Success" event, which saw more than 120 people attend, was held at The Florentine (2101 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham) on Friday, October 6, 2017. It featured a "Who's Who" of healthcare executives - including Presidents, CEOs and COOs - and experts from across the Southeast who discussed and answered questions in three critical areas:

  • Leading and Working Across Generational Lines
  • Culturally Conscious Leadership
  • Developing Political Savvy: Hard Work and Talent Are Not Enough

Here is the full list, along with links to bios, of all those who participated in our inaugural event:

*For original Lauren Silverman, NPR story, with audio link, please click here.

Eric Audras Onoky Getty ImagesCourtesy: Eric Audras/Onoky/Getty ImagesIn the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections, Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is worried about another kind of virus.

"The last thing anybody wants to happen in their organization is have all their heart monitors disabled or all of their IV pumps that provide medication to a patient disabled," Meadows says.

Meadows manages IT and cybersecurity for nearly 7,000 employees at more than 50 locations in Texas. After co-chairing an evaluation of hospital cybersecurity across the U.S., she says there's a lot to improve.