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. 

Allyson HallAllyson Hall, Ph.D., health policy professor in the Department of Health Services Administration has been named program director of the UAB Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety.

Hall has studied access and systems to care for vulnerable populations for over three decades.  She will lead UAB’s Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, as well as a Graduate Certificate that is the most popular graduate-level certificate program at UAB

“Allyson’s research on care transitions, patient experiences and health outcomes gives her a unique and important perspective on healthcare quality and safety issues,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration (HSA). “She is also an experienced program director who brings that leadership to this role.”

“Assuring patient safety and high quality care is a continuing challenge for our health care delivery system,” said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., health policy professor who teaches in  in UAB’s Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA), undergraduate Health Care Management (HCM) and both HSA Doctoral programs. “I look forward to continuing to develop and grow graduation education in healthcare quality and safety.”

Jamie Dabal ChildrensJamie Dabal, FACHE, alumna of the School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 39), has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2018 Women to Watch list.

Dabal, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is divisional director of supply chain and operational support for Children’s of Alabama where she leads the supply chain efforts for the entire organization. She has developed and implemented the Organization Readiness plan for all of Children’s of Alabama and is implementing a training plan for more than 1,000 employees in leadership and front line staff.