News from AHHOF

Dr. Finley recognized at Awards Ceremony

At its July 21st Awards Ceremony, the Board of Directors of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame announced the establishment of the Distinguished Service Award for Volunteer Work.  The Distinguished Service Award was named in honor of Wayne Finley, PhD, MD.  Dr. Finley was presented the very first award.  When presenting the honor, Healthcare Hall of Fame Chairman Dr. George Smith, praised Dr. Finley for his 20 years of service as a board member, and his exemplary service as Chairman for a period of ten years.

New Board Member Appointed

The board of directors is happy to announce the appointment of Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE, to the board of directors for the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. Dr. Lemak is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care management and leadership development with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance.

AHHOF Appoints New Chairman:

With the recent retirement of Wayne H. Finley, PhD, MD, from the AHHOF Board of Directors, George C. Smith, MD, has been named chairman of the organization.  A native of Lineville, Alabama, Dr. Smith is widely known in Alabama medical circles and has strong statewide connections.  He is a 2014 AHHOF Honoree, and past President of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians; Chair of the Board of Censors of MASA; Chairman of the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners; and Chairman of the State Committee of Public Health.  Dr. Smith is a recipient of MASA's Garber Galbraith Medical-Political Award, and the Martha Myers Role Model Award from the University of Alabama.

Class of 2018 Honorees:

The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame Board of Directors is proud to announce the selection of the Class of 2018 Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame Honorees.  More complete biographical information will be posted on our 'Honoree' site in the near future.  Honorees are:

The Reverend Joe Boone Abbott, DMin.
Gerhard A.W. Boehm, MD
Donnie Calhoun, RPH
Boyde Jerome Harrison, MD
William Lawrence Hawley, MD*
Michael D. Hogue, PharmD
F. Martin Lester, MD
Ronald S. Owen, FACHE
Richard O. Russell, Jr., MD*
Nena F. Sanders, PhD, RN
Mr. Doyce Williams
William R. Willard, MD*



New Board Member Appointed

We are pleased to announce the addition of our latest Board Member, Arlene H. Morris, RN, MSN, EdD.  Dr. Morris' academic record, publishing accomplishments and involvement in professional associations make her a valuable addition to the organization's governing board.  Dr. Morris currently serves as Professor of Nursing, Auburn Mongomery, and has served as President of the Alabama State Nurses Association (2012-2014).  She received her doctorate in nursing from Auburn University.