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.”

Ginny MeadowsSue Feldman, MSHI director, and Ginny MeadowsGinny Meadows, RN, (MSHI, 2017), was awarded the Alabama HIMSS Scholarship. She is a recent retiree from McKesson as Executive Director for Corporate Strategy and Business Development.

Meadows went back to school late in life and earned her BA in 2014. She hopes the next phase of her career will involve applying what she has learned in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program to improve the user experience of health IT systems for providers and patients.

From a personal perspective, Meadows perseveres. While toward the end of her first year, Ginny’s mom was ill and her sister suffered a severe medical event. Ginny was needed to care and advocate for both of them.

Many people might be tempted to think that they had accomplished a lot in their professional life, and leaving school would be ok; but not her. Meadows applied for a family medical leave of absence and has come back even stronger than before.

Meadows is an active student, performs at the top of her class, and is excited to take her health informatics education into practice. Ginny is what is good about nursing, good about health informatics, and good about people. We are very proud to have her in our program and even more proud to award her this scholarship.

Myron FottlerMyron D. Fottler, Ph.D.The PhD program is excited to announce the Myron D. and Carol A. Fottler, PhD Program in Administration-Health Services Endowed Support Fund. Dr. Myron Fottler was a Program Director for the PhD Administration Health Services Program for 15 years, leaving in 1999 for a job at the University of Central Florida. He retired and became an Emeritus member of the UCF Faculty in 2012.

Dr. Fottler wanted to give back to the program that was such a large part of his career and where he knows students will benefit from such a fund. This is the first endowed scholarship for the PhD in Administration-Health Services program and was set up to support students with tuition, travel fees associated with professional development, or for costs associated with publishing as a sole author or first author. 

monroe kathyKathy Monroe, MDAs a part of her capstone project, Dr. Kathy Monroe embarked on a project that clearly impacted patient care. At the end of the course sequencing in the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, students integrate their educational acquisition to improve quality and patient safety outcomes in their professional workplace through a capstone project.

In collaboration with leadership in their home organization, students identify and investigate a quality and/or safety opportunity, formulate and articulate a process change designed to resolve the opportunity and develop evaluation metrics to measure the effectiveness of the implemented process change.

Saudi Presentations 10 webSeven multi-disciplinary teams in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration – International Track program based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, presented big ideas to improve health care in the Kingdom. One of those teams created a proposal to establish a Saudi equivalent of the United States’ National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The students, Dr. Yasser Ad-Dab’bagh, Ms. Zainab AlShankity, Dr. Sameera Al Afghani, Dr. Riyad Al Mousa and Dr. Eman Alsulmi, created the proposal as part of their Synthesis Project. The capstone of the MSHA – International Track program in Saudi Arabia is a research driven-team project aimed at solving some of the country’s pressing medical issues. The project integrates skills and competencies gained throughout the two years of coursework in the MSHA – International Track program. In this case, the issue is funding research for medical discoveries that can save lives.