Meet drugs management in 2022, a collection: Get to know Jason Alexander – College of Drugs – Information

Within the “Meet drugs management” collection, 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 College 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 major aspect for the way forward for well being care in Birmingham and across the State is increasing the aptitude 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 enhance entry to high-quality medical care by means of the mixed sources of UAB Well being System and Ascension St. Vincent’s.

This week, the communications crew sat down with Ascension St. Vincent’s CEO Jason Alexander to speak about how he plans to work with UAB within the coming yr, what excites him concerning the Alliance, and the way he stays effectively 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 components of well being care supply.

Now, with Alliance plans on the brink and with UAB Well being System CEO and Heersink College of Drugs Dean Selwyn M. Vickers’ transition to the twin position, Jason is worked up concerning the countless potentialities that may consequence from the Alliance.

UAB alum to CEO

Jason Alexander didn’t plan to sooner or later grow to be CEO of a serious well being system within the southeast. Nonetheless, he mentioned his expertise in hospital operations, a number of service traces 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 matter 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 faculty, however shortly realized I wished to pursue service line administration and growth,” he mentioned.

Jason enthusiastically remembers 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 technique and growth individual.”

His skilled background included expertise in doctor practices, ambulatory companies, service traces, 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 possibility to know 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 type thrives on huge concepts and visionary problem-solving. “I’m extra eager about 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 type is completely different, however I wish to function from a spot of massive concepts.”

artwork 03 5Jason, who mentioned he will get bored fairly simply, is worked up concerning the many alternatives to work with Vickers and the chief crew—Daybreak Bulgarella, Reid Jones, Vickers, and Jason—because the Alliance types a strategic plan and identifies prime priorities.

When requested how he plans to work with Vickers, he laughed and mentioned, “Properly, it could possibly be scary, or it could possibly be factor as a result of we’re lots alike!”

“The crew at UAB could be very structured, and the UAB Well being System is structured,” he mentioned. “It must be that means as a result of a system that giant can’t operate with out construction. Ascension is a big system as effectively, with a major quantity of construction. I’m excited to work with Dr. Vickers as a result of it is going to be two disupters coming collectively to problem the established order with new concepts,” he defined.

Staying effectively by operating off stress

After his work day, Jason mentioned one among his favourite hobbies has been taking part in triathlons, however he has slowed down just lately.

“I wish to run and go to the health club. I want to assume I do these items as a result of I’m pushed, however truthfully I would like 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 just lately empty nesters as their sons are enrolled at Auburn College. “We wish to journey,” he mentioned.

Excited for the countless 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 looking for the identical issues as UAB. We need to take care of essentially the most susceptible in our communities,” he defined.

The Alliance govt crew has wished to enhance high quality, entry, and effectivity for Alabamians from day one.

Jason acknowledged that individuals 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.”

With regards to constructing the Alliance’s plans, Jason mentioned 2022 is the yr for strategic planning. “We will likely be asking loads of questions,” he mentioned. “We’re on the lookout for the perfect methods to serve the group and tips on how to accomplish that—like ought to we provide a specific sort of affected person care collectively or separate? We will likely be asking loads of considerate questions on what is required to maneuver forward.”

artwork 02 7Going the gap

Equally, he mentioned UAB and Ascension St. Vincent’s management will work very intently collectively because the imaginative and prescient and methods are developed.

“There are a major variety of alternatives inside the Alliance, and we must be considerate in how we strategy pursuing these alternatives. What I hope will occur—what I feel will occur—is that we are going to prioritize the initiatives which are most impactful and achievable, assign a person to be chargeable for every initiative, and belief these people to efficiently lead their respective initiatives.”

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