*Story courtesy Memorial Hermann

Chuck StokesChuck Stokes with Memorial Hermann staffMemorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, effective immediately. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim President and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse and is an alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration (Class 17), is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

“Chuck has proven himself to be an outstanding leader during the course of his remarkable career with our organization, working tirelessly to guide Memorial Hermann on its journey toward becoming a high-reliability organization with a strong focus on innovation and transformation,” said Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon. “He has an unwavering commitment to our patients, medical staff and to Memorial Hermann, the latter of which has been instrumental in helping us transform our operational structure in order to meet the challenges and demands of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.”

*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.”