tom ozburn courtesy JOE BUGLEWICZ FOR THE NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNALTom Ozburn (Courtesy Joe Buglewicz, Nashville Business Journal)Tom Ozburn, a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsExecutive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services program, has been named CEO of Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga. Ozburn, who has more than 16 years’ executive leadership within HCA, previously served as CEO of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center for nine years.

“With Tom’s proven leadership and dedication to compassionate, quality patient care, I am confident that he will continue to elevate Parkridge Health System’s legacy and commitment of providing superior patient care and service to the Chattanooga community,” said Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, Division President, TriStar Health.

Feldman SueSue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D.Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., Director, UAB School of Health ProfessionsGraduate Programs in Health Informatics, has been appointed to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Health Informatics Accreditation Council.

Feldman, associate professor, SHP Department of Health Services Administration, associate professor, School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education, associate scientist, Informatics Institute, was also named to CAHIIM’s Health Informatics Competency Education Workgroup.

“This is a very dynamic time for health informatics as we continue to elevate the professional identity, academic discipline, and competencies of the health informatics professional,” said Feldman. “I am honored to serve on the Health Informatics Accreditation Council with some of the nation’s most respected health informatics thought leaders and contribute to the Health Informatics Competency Education Workgroup by helping to shape the education delivered in Health Informatics programs nationwide.”

Ken HaynesKen Haynes, MSHA Class 27, has been named COO of Carolinas HealthCare SystemKen Haynes, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration program, has been named COO of Carolinas HealthCare System. Haynes, a member of MSHA Class 27, leaves Christus Santa Rosa Health System where he has been president and CEO since 2015 and served as COO from 2013 – 2015.

His last day at CSRHS is January 20, 2017.

During Haynes tenure at the helm, CSRHS opened San Antonio’s first freestanding academic children’s hospital. Prior to CSRHS, Haynes, a native of Sylacauga, Alabama, was a president for three of the seven hospitals in the Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Kentucky.

An article by the San Antonio Business Journal, talks about Haynes’ efforts overseeing a $150 million conversion of CSRHS’ downtown campus to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

HQS 2016 12On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety program hosted a commencement ceremony for the Quality Academy’s 28 graduates. This year’s class joins the HQS alumni which boasts 195 hospital executives and healthcare providers have earned the UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety Graduate Certificate.

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The HQS certificate is the most popular graduate-level certificate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The HQS Graduate Certificate only requires four courses and admits students in the Fall and Spring semesters and is offered totally online. A UAB Health System specific program, known as the Quality Academy, is part of a blended format that meets on campus each semester for a week-long intensive session.

In 2015, the HQS graduate program expanded to include a UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety Master of Science degree. That program graduated its first class in 2016 and included healthcare professionals in quality improvement administration, as well as both nurses and physicians The Master’s program was developed as an effort to meet the growing demands around the country for better patient outcomes.

For more information about the HQS programs visit uab.edu/HQS.

Original story by Matt Windsor for The Mix UAB

In the Big Data era, information is plentiful. Insight is harder to come by.

Health apps are a case in point. More than two-thirds of American adults own a smartphone, and 62 percent of those smartphone owners use their devices to look up health information. They have plenty of options: A 2015 study found more than 165,000 health apps available on the Apple and Android app stores — a quarter of them focused on disease treatment and management, with the rest focused on fitness and wellness.

But which of these apps, if any, could a health organization actually recommend to its patients with confidence? What does the research say? Those are questions that Viva Health, the UAB-affiliated insurer, wants to answer. “Viva is interested in using apps to engage its members in more health-promotion activities,” says Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration in the Department of Health Services Administration at the UAB School of Health Professions. “Prevention is a major emphasis in health care, and the more we can use inexpensive technologies to help patients reduce their risk of disease, the better.”