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June 19, 2015 - Academy Trains Health Care Leaders for the Future


Seated left to right, Dr. Elizabeth Minto, Dr. Don Mosley, Howard Holcomb, Dr. Franklin Trimm, Robert Smith, Ehab Abdulla Molokhia, Charles Hamm, Christopher Jett.

Standing left to right, – Vince Gill, Dr. Wade Hutchens, Mike Stempien, Dr. Sabrina Bessette, Dr. Karen Fagan, Veronica Hudson, Beverly Blount, Rosa Vidal, Dr. Lynn Dyess, Valerie Heinl, Denise Anderson, Garry Adkins, Tessie Johnson.

A partnership between the University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business (MCOB) and USA Hospitals is helping to develop healthcare leaders for the 21st century.  

The USA Health System Leadership Academy was the idea of USA Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson.  She sat down with representatives of the health system including Dr. Allen Perkins, Dr. Clara Massey and Dr. Charles Hamm and identified learning objectives. Along with MCOB faculty, they tailored the program to fit those needs.   

“Part of the purpose of the academy is to promote collaboration across all healthcare departments,” Anderson said.  “It is also to tap into the talent and resources at the College of Business to develop leaders that can meet challenges today and in the future.”   


Seated left to right, – Vince Gill, Dr. Sabrina Bessette, Beverly Blount, Tessie Johnson, Christopher Jett.

Standing left to right, Dr. Elizabeth Minto, Dr. Clara Massey, Dr. Wade Hutchens, Rebecca Pope.

Not pictured, Renee Rogers, Dr. Allen Perkins, Dr. Suzy Figerola, Warren Greene, Dr. William Richards, Greg Shoemaker, Dr. Hamyun Imran.



Seated left to right, Dr. Don Mosley, Howard Holcomb, Dr. Franklin Trimm, Robert Smith, Ehab Abdulla Molokhia, Charles Hamm.

Standing left to right, Michael Stempien, Dr. Karen Fagan, Veronica Hudson, Rosa Vidal, Dr. Lynn Dyess, Denise Anderson, Garry Adkins.

Not pictured,  Traci Jones, Dr. Anthony Martino, Valerie Heinl.


Participants in the program are already in leadership roles with the hospital as physicians, team leaders and managers from a variety of departments. The first class has met once a month for a half-day session for eight months.

Topics covered include effective leadership, conflict negotiation, communication, teamwork and finance 101 with each session building on the previous one. In between some sessions there is assigned reading and projects. All sessions are taught by MCOB and USA faculty.

For participant Tessie Johnson, Technical Director in Radiology at USA Medical Center, it has been a rewarding experience.   

“From understanding our roles as leaders in our organization to how to speak the same language when talking finances, we are being exposed to tools that will enable us to lead change within our system and collaborate with all members of our team,” she notes.

There are as many as 20 participants in each class. The first one ended in May and a second is underway.

“As university faculty, it’s important to help our healthcare system any way we can,” said MCOB Department of Management Chair Dr. Donald Mosley, who also serves as coordinator of the program.  “We feel we’ve designed a program that will help produce more effective leaders.”


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