"I want you to know that every day I think of you collectively and individually, as I know you are doing battle in the trenches every day and night without end. On the one hand, I feel proud because we know the stuff you are made of and we know your resilience, passion and dedication to your life’s work. On the other hand, I wish I could see and talk with you individually to assess your situation and provide whatever guidance and support I can.

Since I cannot, I want to express to you that we have faith in your dedication and we wish you well in the battle to conquer this equal opportunity destroyer! I want to assure you that we have confidence and faith in your ability to do so. Have faith, this too shall pass.

As always take care of your patients first, your staff second, your family and yourself, especially yourself. Let us hear from you and God Bless."

Howard W. Houser, PhD
Professor Emeritus
UAB Department of Health Services Administration

The UAB School of Health Professions has five people on the 2019 Birmingham Business Journal Most Influential Executives list.

On August 17, 2019, Sister Almeda Golson, the first and only nun to graduate from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, passed away in Evansville, Indiana.

“I really liked her as a student and we had many long conversations while she was on campus and in her early years as an administrator when she was known statewide as an outspoken health care leader,” said Howard W. Houser, Ph.D., who taught Sister Almeda in the ‘70s and is now a professor emeritus with the UAB Department of Health Services Administration.

Sister Almeda, a member of MSHA Class 11, earned what was then an M.S. in Hospital and Health Administration in 1977. In 1985, after working in Evansville and Montgomery, she was named administrator of St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham where she served for two years. Following stints in Montgomery and Nashville, Sister Almeda returned to St. Vincent’s in 1995 and was full-time board chair until 2008.

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Sean Skelton, PT, DPT, a Physical Therapy Resident in UAB Medicine, became the first to finish the UAB Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. Skelton received a graduate certificate during a small ceremony at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center.