Shugarts Willis CendomaShugarts, Willis, and CendomaHospital leaders from Las Vegas, Houston, and Chattanooga highlighted the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration’s (MSHA) inaugural Disaster Preparedness Week delivering first-hand crisis lessons.

Phil Cendoma, alumnus of MSHA Class 47, was the administrator on call at a Las Vegas area hospital on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers killing 59 people.

Tyler Shugarts, alumnus of MSHA Class 50, was an administrative resident for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga on November 21, 2016, when a school bus crash killed six children.

Kate Willis, alumna of MSHA Class 49, was a director of operations at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August 2017 and they had to evacuate 73 patients, including six newborn babies.

Eta BernerEta Berner, Ed.D., professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, is the second faculty member in the School of Health Professions to have two online courses certified by Quality Matters, a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process that certifies the quality of online courses.

The second course, HI 602. Clinical and Administrative Systems, covers all aspects of clinical information use in inpatient and outpatient facilities with a special emphasis on a clinician's work to support enterprise-wide health care delivery. It scored a 96 out of a possible 100 point in the QM review.

MSHA Case Baylor TeamCase Champs: Tommy Burt, Lauren Naumcheff, and Matthew BarnesA student team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Master of Science in Health Administration program took home first place in Baylor University’s 4th annual Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. In addition, team member Lauren Naumcheff was one of three students awarded Best Presenter.

The MSHA team, consisting of Matthew Barnes, Tommy Burt, and Lauren Naumcheff, defeated ten other universities from across the United States and Canada.

“Our MSHA program has used case competitions as a form of experiential learning for more than ten years because solving problems under a deadline and presenting results to a panel of judges shows potential employers a student can think clearly and critically under pressure,” said Amy Y. Landry, Ph.D., Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Administration and MSHA program director. “We competed against the best students from programs across the country, and our team's success at Baylor demonstrates what amazing students we have in the MSHA program at UAB.”

HCM Arlington Rehab 01UAB Health Care Management alumni Lauriel Simpson and Shanetrice Fortner welcomed 12 HCM students to Arlington Rehabilitation & Health Center in Birmingham. The students saw first-hand what it takes to make a health care facility run and they witnessed the different processes the place implements.

2018 NCHL ConferenceThe National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s 2018 Human Capital Investment Conference is November 13 – 14, 2018. The annual event, which this year is themed The Arriving Future, also features the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award.

Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Health Services Administration, is a speaker at the Award dinner that honors Nancy Howell Agee. Agee is president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, in Roanoke, Virginia, and chair of the American Hospital Association. Lemak is a member of the Center's board and co-chair of the Warden Leadership Excellence Selection Committee. The department is part of the NCHL Leadership Excellence Networks (LENS) group.