*Original story from AL.com

josh hewiettThe largest cardiology practice in North Alabama has a new leader.

Joshua Hewiett, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration (Class 45) is the new president of the Huntsville Hospital Heart Center and vice president of cardiovascular services at Huntsville Hospital, effective July 1. The Florida native replaces Larry Johnston, who served as the Heart Center CEO for 14 years.

Hewiett, the Heart Center's director of cardiology services since 2013, has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Florida and master's of business administration and science in health administration degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Hernandez OConnor EURAM17Hernandez and O'Connor at EURAM '17University of Alabama at Birmingham professors S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, Distinguished Service Professor and Senior Associate Chair for Global Health, and Stephen J. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE, professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration and Scholar in the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, recently lead a discussion of international healthcare researchers and practitioners at EURAM 2017.

The theme of the European Academy of Management’s annual conference, held this year from June 21 – 24 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, is “Making Knowledge Work”. The session moderated by Hernandez and O’Connor, which included healthcare researchers and from Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, focused on identifying critical topics for research in management competencies and healthcare performance.

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class Neerav Jadeja, alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 36) and CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 60 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

This is the third time since 2014 that Jadeja is a member of Becker's Hospital Review “Rising Stars” list. In 2014, he was named to the “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” and in 2016, he landed on the “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40”. The 2016 profile mentions that surviving a car crash as a child began Jadeja’s journey to a career in health care.

Academy for DiversityStudents and faculty of the inaugural diversity in health care academyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham launched the UAB Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership on May 30, 2017. The two-week program, dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of students in graduate level health care management education and leadership, was created by the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration with guidance from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The inaugural academy class includes eight undergraduates from the UAB Health Care Management (HCM) and UAB Public Health programs.

“We created the academy because health care organizations need a diverse management workforce dedicated to meeting the needs of increasingly diverse patient populations and unfortunately, many graduate programs across the country struggle to attract qualified applicants from underrepresented groups,” said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., academy faculty lead and health policy professor in the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and HSA Doctoral programs. “The academy will prepare outstanding UAB students to apply, enter and succeed in competitive health care leadership programs.”

Donna GriffithDonna Herrin-GriffithDonna Herrin-Griffith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, assistant professor in the School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, served as guest editor for the April edition of Nurse Leader. Nurse Leader is the official journal of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). The April edition of the publication focused on the 50th anniversary of the AONE, the professional association for nurses who serve in executive and leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

“I am honored to have served the organization and the journal during this significant time in the history of AONE,” said Herrin-Griffith, who served as national president of AONE in 2009. “Overseeing and participating in documentation of the amazing history was an incredible experience.”