jason alexanderJason Alexander, MSHA Class 28
Photo Courtesy: East Cooper Medical Center
Jason Alexander, alumnus of UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program (Class 28), has been named Birmingham ministry market executive and president and CEO by Ascension Healthcare.

In his new position, Alexander takes over St. Vincent’s Health System where he replaces two-time SHP alumna Neeysa Biddle who is retiring at the end of the fiscal year. Alexander will join STVHS on April 3, 2017, and Biddle will retire on June 30, 2017.

haushalter brandonBrandon Haushalter
MSHA Class 37
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Brandon Haushalter, alumnus of UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program (Class 37), has been named CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

An article in Miami’s Community Newspapers said Haushalter took over Kendall Regional Medical Center, a facility of HCA East Florida, on November 14, 2016.

Haushalter told the paper, “I am excited to join such a high quality organization. Kendall has experienced tremendous success in recent years and I look forward to continuing this growth by working collaboratively with the medical staff, employees and community.”

Harrison Expo(L/R) Lord, Weech-Maldonado and SmithCody Smith, a senior in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsHealth Care Management program, won first place at the UAB EXPO in the Health Sciences category. Smith’s poster, titled “Nursing Home Closures & State Funding Policies”, was co-authored with Justin Lord, a second-year student in the UAB PhD Administration–Health Services program, and Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration in the Department of Health Services Administration.

“It was a big surprise, especially when you consider research didn’t interest me when I was a freshman,” said Smith, who plans to enter medical school next year.

“Cody worked hard on the research so when it came time to explain it all to the judges he knew what he was talking about and was able to show the human side of the statistical findings,” said Weech-Maldonado.

The trio looked at state funding policies and nursing home closures between 2001 and 2014. They found that despite the increase in the Baby Boomer population aging, there were 1,506 nursing home closures across the U.S. resulting in more than 100,000 fewer beds.

Neeysa Biddle webNeeysa Biddle to retire in June
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Neeysa Biddle, who earned a B.S. in Allied Health (currently Health Care Management) and an M.S. in Health Administration (MSHA Class 26), announced she will retire as senior vice president, Ascension Health and Birmingham Ministry Market Executive. In that role since February 2015, Biddle has provided strategic and operational leadership for St. Vincent’s Health System.

Biddle’s retirement is effective at the end of this fiscal year on June 30, 2017.

“Neeysa’s commitment, dedication and vision have benefited STVHS; its associates, physicians and volunteers; and the individuals and communities they work together to serve,” said Patricia Maryland, DrPH, president, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Healthcare, in a statement to Ascension leaders.

UAB Sino AmericanScreen Shot from Chinese NewscastTrevor Chen was a member of the only class of the UAB School of Health Professions' (SHP) Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Sino-American Joint Program in 1989. The unique program sponsored by Project HOPE lost its funding when USAID funds were shifted to the Newly Independent States after the demise of the Soviet Union.

The graduation ceremony, held in Shaanxi Province, China, celebrated the combined MSHA Class 23 graduates from UAB and from Xian Medical University (XMU) and received news coverage from China’s national news agency. UAB President Scotty McCallum, DMD, MD, SHP Dean Keith Blayney, Ph.D., Chinese Minister of Health Dr. CHEN Mingzhang and XMU President Dr. REN Huimin, Vice President Dr. SHI Dapu, and Program Director Dr. Howard W. Houser attended this historical event.

And while many may view graduation as the end of education, Trevor, who is known as CHEN Hua in his native country of China, says it was only the beginning. The UAB Sino-American Joint Program altered history – for him and his country.