Within the “Meet drugs management” sequence, key leaders share their tales and imaginative and prescient for UAB as we transfer forward in 2022. Whereas Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, transitions to his new position as dean of the Heersink Faculty of Drugs, CEO of UAB Well being System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance, trusted and seasoned leaders are important to our success.
A big side for the way forward for well being care in Birmingham and across the State is increasing the potential to care for extra sufferers.
To do that, the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance will enhance the well being of the communities they serve, particularly round well being fairness. The Alliance will improve entry to high-quality medical care by means of the mixed assets of UAB Well being System and Ascension St. Vincent’s.
This week, the communications group sat down with Ascension St. Vincent’s CEO Jason Alexander to speak about how he plans to work with UAB within the coming 12 months, what excites him in regards to the Alliance, and the way he stays nicely by means of stress.
Since 1995, Jason Alexander has innovatively formed well being care throughout the southeast. With a number of positions in management throughout a number of organizations, Jason is aware of the necessary parts of well being care supply.
Now, with Alliance plans on the brink and with UAB Well being System CEO and Heersink Faculty of Drugs Dean Selwyn M. Vickers’ transition to the twin position, Jason is happy in regards to the infinite potentialities that may consequence from the Alliance.
UAB alum to CEO
Jason Alexander didn’t plan to someday change into CEO of a serious well being system within the southeast. Nonetheless, he mentioned his expertise in hospital operations, a number of service strains and growth led him there.
Jason graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in Biology from the College of South Alabama and is a two-time UAB alumnus with grasp’s levels in Healthcare Administration and Enterprise Administration.
“Throughout my grasp’s program, the new subject within the early 90s was doctor practices. From 1993-2000, MedPartners developed in Birmingham, and I keep in mind that being an enormous deal. I targeted on doctor practices first, proper out of graduate college, however rapidly realized I needed to pursue service line administration and growth,” he mentioned.
Jason enthusiastically recollects that it didn’t take him lengthy to note the kind of surroundings he was meant to work in: “It additionally didn’t take me lengthy to determine I’m not actually an operations individual, however extra of a method and growth individual.”
His skilled background included expertise in doctor practices, ambulatory companies, service strains, and hospital operations earlier than turning into CEO of Ascension St. Vincent’s in 2017.
“It’s useful to have had direct expertise in so many areas of well being take care of my position now,” he mentioned.
“I’ve labored within the for-profit world, the non-profit world, faith-based world, and authorities world. The place I’ve not labored is the educational world. So, the Alliance is giving me a chance to grasp it and the variations between tutorial and community-facing well being care.”
An unconventional strategy to management
When requested what a typical day appears to be like like for him, he mentioned there may be not an everyday, routine day, nor does he need to have one. Jason’s management model thrives on large concepts and visionary problem-solving. “I’m extra considering pursuing progress than having a constant routine,” he defined.
“I like to border matters and tackle points as they arrive up in real-time,” he mentioned. “I do know my work model is completely different, however I prefer to function from a spot of massive concepts.”
Jason, who mentioned he will get bored fairly simply, is happy in regards to the many alternatives to work with Vickers and the manager group—Daybreak Bulgarella, Reid Jones, Vickers, and Jason—because the Alliance varieties a strategic plan and identifies high priorities.
When requested how he plans to work with Vickers, he laughed and mentioned, “Nicely, it may very well be scary, or it may very well be a great factor as a result of we’re quite a bit alike!”
“The group at UAB could be very structured, and the UAB Well being System is structured,” he mentioned. “It needs to be that approach as a result of a system that enormous can’t operate with out construction. Ascension is a big system as nicely, with a big quantity of construction. I’m excited to work with Dr. Vickers as a result of it will likely be two disupters coming collectively to problem the established order with new concepts,” he defined.
Staying nicely by operating off stress
After his work day, Jason mentioned one in every of his favourite hobbies has been taking part in triathlons, however he has slowed down not too long ago.
“I prefer to run and go to the gymnasium. I want to suppose I do this stuff as a result of I’m pushed, however actually I want it, and it reduces my stress,” he mentioned. I significantly take pleasure in operating by means of the varied parks and trails across the Birmingham space, particularly alongside the shaded Vulcan Path within the summertime.
He additionally talked about that he and his spouse are not too long ago empty nesters as their sons are enrolled at Auburn College. “We prefer to journey,” he mentioned.
Excited for the infinite Alliance alternatives
As for Jason’s tackle the Alliance, he mentioned that, from day one, there has by no means been a misunderstanding between management about why UAB and St. Vincent’s will and are working collectively. “The religion-based historical past of Ascension St. Vincent’s is completely different, however aside from that, we’re in search of the identical issues as UAB. We need to take care of probably the most susceptible in our communities,” he defined.
The Alliance govt group has needed to enhance high quality, entry, and effectivity for Alabamians from day one.
Jason acknowledged that folks should still have questions on what the Alliance will do, however their precedence has been attending to know one another and naming the “what” earlier than figuring out the “how.”
In the case of constructing the Alliance’s plans, Jason mentioned 2022 is the 12 months for strategic planning. “We can be asking a variety of questions,” he mentioned. “We’re searching for the very best methods to serve the neighborhood and methods to accomplish that—like ought to we provide a selected kind of affected person care collectively or separate? We can be asking a variety of considerate questions on what is required to maneuver forward.”
Going the space
Equally, he mentioned UAB and Ascension St. Vincent’s management will work very intently collectively because the imaginative and prescient and techniques are developed.
“There are a big variety of alternatives inside the Alliance, and we should be considerate in how we strategy pursuing these alternatives. What I hope will occur—what I believe will occur—is that we are going to prioritize the initiatives which might be most impactful and achievable, assign a person to be answerable for every initiative, and belief these people to efficiently lead their respective initiatives.”