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Grandview Medical Center in Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitations Facilities in US For the third year in a row, Grandview Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, known as Easy Street, has been ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2018. The rankings were determined by using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM), a case mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all IRFs in the country. UDSMR’s PEM Report Card uses the indicators of efficiency and effectiveness contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), the CMS reporting tool for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS).

Southeast Gastro is Acquired Gastro Health, a Miami-based gastrointestinal practice, has acquired Southeast Gastro of Birmingham. Founded in 1976, Southeast Gastro is comprised of 20 board-certified gastroenterologists and 17 advanced practitioners. Southeast Gastro operates four main clinic locations, four satellite

locations, and provides diagnostic and preventive procedures at three surgery centers throughout Birmingham.

Nearly $50 Million NIH grant for UAB Translational Science The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has been renewed for another five years with grants from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health. The three linked grants, totaling nearly $50 million over five years, will support clinical and translational research, mentored career development, and pre-doctoral training. UAB’s CCTS, established in 2008, nurtures research through partnerships with academic health centers, research institutes and universities. It also accelerates the process of translating laboratory discoveries into treatments, facilitates training of researchers, and engages communities in research efforts. “As the sole Alabama-based hub in the NCATS-funded CTSA program, the CCTS has been a driving force for scientific innovation for the past decade,” said Robert Kimberly, MD, senior associate dean for Clinical Robert and Translational Re- Kimberly, MD search in the School of Medicine. “The

CCTS is transforming the biomedical research environment at UAB.” The CCTS has secured more than $123 million in competitive federal funding, including 14 supplemental awards, and has leveraged multiple multi-institutional grants across the network. It has granted 62 pilot awards, producing nearly 1,500 publications and an overall return on investment of 49:1 since 2008. Kimberly is the principal investigator on the core CCTS grant, totaling more than $38 million. The additional two linked grants — $5.2 million for the Deep South Translational Research Mentored Career Development Program and $3.7 million for a National Research Service Award training core — are led by Kenneth Saag, MD, the vice chair for Outcomes Research of the Department of Medicine. The CCTS partner network — which comprises 11 academic and scientific research institutions in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi — is the foundation of the center’s regional collaborative efforts. Launched in 2015, the network’s purpose is to reduce the burden of cardiometabolic, vascular and cancer-related diseases and health disparities that disproportionately affect the minority populations in the south. To prepare researchers for the collaborative projects, the CCTS Training Academy, under the leadership of Michael Mugavero, MD and David D.

Chaplin, MD, PhD, offers learning opportunities that create “translational thinkers” who are multilingual — that is, they are familiar with the basic principles and terminologies of key fields in translation, from informatics, biostatistics and study design to team science, ethics and community engagement. The CCTS Clinical and Translational Science Training Program, a six-month experience that has introduced hundreds of investigators to the language of translation, graduated nearly 50 trainees in 2018.

DCH Health System Raises Wages DCH Health System has made a major investment in its employees The wages for many positions at DCH were adjusted in April to make them more competitive. DCH studied wages for health care professionals and for individuals who work in scores of positions ranging from information technology to food service, according to DCH CEO Bryan Kindred. The adjustments will add about $11 million to DCH’s operating costs, according to Kindred. Positions whose wages were below the market rate were adjusted to position them in the marketplace. Employees whose rate was within the market salary range received a raise based on their annual evaluation.

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