Patrick Grusenmeyer, Sc.D., FACHE, who served as vice president, president and CEO within the Christiana Care Health System for nearly 20 years, has been named director of the UAB Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership.

Established in 1966, the Center is a combination of futuristic vision along with adaptation to the ever-changing healthcare landscape, making it one of the longest-running Centers at UAB.

“Patrick brings considerable healthcare leadership experience in Delaware and Louisiana to this role.  We are excited to have him lead the Center because it is critical to the development of healthcare executives and the health system overall,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration (HSA). “The Center is also vital to the work we do in the Department.  It is the primary way we extend our work to the field of practice.”

Grusenmeyer, board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is an associate professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration. His focus in teaching and in research is healthcare policy, strategy and finance.

Prior to joining UAB, he served in many leadership roles for Christiana Care Health System, one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-Atlantic, from 2001 – 2017. Grusenmeyer was vice president, Cancer Services; senior vice president, Cancer and Imaging Services; senior vice president, Strategic Business Development; and president and CEO, Christiana Care Health Initiatives.

“I learned management and leadership while working in healthcare the past 30 years and I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences with current and future healthcare leaders,” said Grusenmeyer, who serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals including the American Journal of Managed Care. “Adapting to change is key to an organization’s success and I look forward to helping this Center evolve to meet the new demands I have witnessed and to remain an education leader in the ever-advancing world of healthcare.”

He takes over for J.M. “Mickey” Trimm, Ph.D., who retires from UAB in 2019 after more than a decade of service. Trimm, an associate professor of healthcare management, will work closely with Grusenmeyer for an effective transition of all programs and manage the Alabama Performance Excellence (ALPEX) program until his retirement.

The UAB Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership oversees programs that focus on continued education for current and future healthcare leaders including:

  • UAB National Symposium for Healthcare Executives – for nearly 40 years, the preeminent educational, networking conference for healthcare leaders.
  • Alabama Performance Excellence (ALPEX) Program – provides guidance and support to organizations seeking unprecedented levels of quality and performance.
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification – delivers thorough understanding of Lean Six Sigma concepts focusing on eliminating operational wastes and defects.
  • UAB Health System Management Certificate Program – provides leadership education for emerging leaders at UAB Health System.

“How you lead is how you will succeed – or not succeed. We will use evidence-based learning to develop leaders who have the vision to recognize change as an opportunity and the confidence to take a team in a new direction quickly and efficiently,” said Grusenmeyer, who lead Christiana Care’s business development activities, including acquisition of critical outpatient services and physician practices. “Healthcare demands new ways of thinking and new skills. Without new skills and new ways of thinking healthcare leaders will not be successful. The Center is focused on new health care leaders who will guide this industry toward a brighter future.”  

Grusenmeyer earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University and his Master of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. He earned his Doctor of Science in Health Systems Management from Tulane University with a dissertation on “Economic Evaluation of Chemotherapeutic Regimens in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, A Decision Tree/Markov Model.” 

For more information about the UAB Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership, and the programs it offers, visit