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.”

modern healthcare logoTwo alumni of the UAB School of Health Professions were selected to ModernHealthcare “Top 25 COOs in Healthcare 2017”.

The Department of Health Services Administration’s MSHA program is the highest ranking program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, ranked #2 in the nation (in 2020, the program moved up to #1) by U.S. News & World Report

jay de los reyesJay de los Reyes, MSHA Class 40Jay E. de los Reyes, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC). He takes over the 144-bed acute care hospital located in Port Huron, Michigan, in June 2017.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to lead a hospital that has served the community so well for more than 60 years,” said de los Reyes, a member of MSHA Class 40. “I look forward to working with the physicians, nurses, employees, leadership and the executive team at Lake Huron Medical Center to ensure the best care for the patients we serve.”

John Kueven webJohn Kueven, MSHA Class 41The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). John Kueven, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, is Chief Operating Officer of the award-winning hospital.

“Memorial Hermann Katy has earned this prestigious award in recognition of our relentless focus on and strong commitment to quality and high performance,” said Kueven, who was recently named to the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Class of 2017.

The TAPE award places Memorial Hermann Katy in a position to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award recognizes performance excellence and is the only formal recognition of both public and private organizations delivered by the President of the United States. Memorial Hermann Katy will apply for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in May.

Dickinson AshleyAshley Dickinson, MSHA Class 43Ashley Dickinson, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, has been named CEO of LaPorte (Ind.) Hospital. Dickinson (MSHA Class 43) had been COO of Porter Health Care System (Valparaiso, Ind.) for the past three years.

“Ashley is the right fit for LaPorte, given her expertise in recruiting providers, overseeing major capital projects and focusing on quality,” stated Mark Kosior, chairman of the LaPorte Hospital board of trustees. “We look forward to working with her to move our plans forward to enhance how we care for our community.”