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USA Health is pleased to announce the addition of Alan Whaley as the system’s new chief strategy officer. Whaley brings more than 30 years of experience in health care to this newly created position, including serving as an executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Infirmary Health. His first day at USA Health is June 1, 2016.
In this new role, Whaley will be responsible for working with physician leadership and administrators to determine the strategic direction of USA Health. He will also coordinate expanded leadership development programs for physicians and managers. Whaley’s operational experience will be valuable in his role, as he adds his clinical and hospital expertise to USA Health, said USA Health Chief Operating Officer Owen Bailey.
“We are pleased to have Alan join the USA Health team,” Bailey said. “His experience in healthcare, combined with his strategic leadership skills, will help us chart our course in the future. He will also be instrumental in developing the leadership skills of our team.”
Whaley spent the last few years in a new role, as a student and graduate assistant in the inaugural class of the USA Mitchell College of Business Doctor of Business Administration program. While in graduate school, Whaley taught undergraduate management courses at the Mitchell College of Business. He passed his comprehensive exams with distinction and received his doctorate in May. His dissertation focused on leadership development.
“As our nation and region continue to face health care reform challenges,” Whaley said, “I look forward to the opportunity to become an integral part of USA Health, an academic health system already caring for thousands of people along the Gulf Coast.”
Dr. Bob Wood, dean of the Mitchell College of Business, said the doctoral program Whaley successfully completed focuses on both contemporary, cutting-edge management techniques and the analytical tools to validate their effectiveness.
“Not only do we give our doctoral students the latest management techniques, we also equip them with the ability to measure whether they are working,” Wood said. “Alan was one of our original class members, and we are expecting great things from him and our program as we look to the future.”
In recent years, the faculty members from the Mitchell College of Business and leaders from USA Health have designed and taught an ongoing leadership development course for USA Health physician leaders and departmental managers.
Whaley’s career began in Birmingham, where he was director of primary care services for a group of medical clinics affiliated with Baptist Medical Center Montclair. In 1990, he joined Infirmary Health as administrator of its medical clinics, overseeing 12 locations and 40 physicians. Within four years, he became a vice president and grew the network to 90 physicians at 20 locations. In 1998, he was named a senior vice president. Six years later he was named executive vice president and administrator of Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. In 2009, Whaley was named chief strategy officer for Infirmary Health where he served until 2012.
Whaley is a graduate of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in business administration and information systems. He received master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
USA Health helps people lead longer, better lives through its excellence in education, research and medical care. With more than 3,700 employees, USA's health network includes USA Medical Center, USA Children's & Women's Hospital, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Physicians Group and the USA College of Medicine. Each year, our team of 180 physicians, 240 residents and fellows, and more than 1,200 nurses handle some 185,000 clinic visits and 350,000 outpatient procedures. USA Health delivers nearly 2,800 babies a year, more than any other regional hospital, and treats patients through some 60,000 emergency room visits annually.
In addition to advanced and innovative patient care offered at University hospitals and clinics, USA's medical education programs provide first-class training experiences for the next generation of physicians and scientists. USA Health delivers excellence in care while improving the quality of life for residents across the Gulf Coast.
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