HATTIESBURG – David
Fine, chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health
System in Texas, will be the distinguished lecturer in the Spring
Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Health at The University
of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 21.
The presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Shelby
F. Thames Polymer Science Building Auditorium.
Fine was recently named by Modern Health Care as
one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.”
The results place Fine on a list that includes President George
W. Bush, 10 members of Congress (six senators and four representatives),
four Cabinet officers and three heads of federal agencies.
“The College of Health Distinguished
Lecturer Series is intended to bring to campus eminent scholars
who can speak across disciplinary boundaries of the college,”
said Dr. Peter Fos, dean of the College of Health. “This series
allows students, faculty and others to interact with internationally
recognized experts and scholars.”
Fine recently joined St. Luke’s from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham Health System and has more than 20 years
of experience as the CEO of medical school teaching hospitals in
Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio and West Virginia.
Fine’s academic background extends beyond administration.
He has been a tenured professor in health care administration, public
health and pharmacy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Tulane University, the University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia
Fos said that due to Fine’s “vast experience,
reputation, recognized scholarship, and contribution to health care
in both the United States and across the world,” the lecture
series will be henceforth named the David J. Fine Distinguished
“This recognition is well deserved given
Mr. Fine’s accomplishments as an administrator, teacher and
researcher,” Fos said.
The Modern Health Care recognition is not the first
time Fine’s efforts have been recognized nationally. In 2001,
he was one of three recipients of the American College of Health
Care Executives Health Management Research Award and in 1985 he
received the prestigious Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award recognizing
the “Young Hospital Administrator of the Year” by the
American College of Hospital Administrators (now known as the American
College of Health Care Executives).
Fine is a Flushing, NY, native who holds a bachelor
of arts degree from Tufts University in economics and sociology
and a master of hospital administration degree from the University
of Minnesota School of Public Health. He was appointed CEO of the
University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System in 1999, managing
publicly and privately owned health care delivery assets that comprised
some $2 billion in net patient revenues and 10,000 employees, including
the Kirklin Clinic, Callahan Hospital, University of Alabama Hospital,
Bessemer Carraway Medical Center, Baptist Health (Montgomery), Mary
Lewis Convalescent Center, Viva Health HMO and the professional
fee-billing office of an 800-member medical group.
As vice chancellor and director of the university
hospital and clinic at Tulane University Medical Center from 1990
to 1995, Fine served as CEO of the university’s inpatient,
outpatient and managed health care programs. He concurrently directed
the graduate education and training of 150 master’s and doctoral
students in health care administration. In 1995, following the establishment
of a joint operating agreement between Tulane University Medical
Center and Columbia/HCA Health Care Corporation, Fine was promoted
to serve as founding president and CEO of a six-hospital operating
division, including Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Lakeland
Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Elmwood Hospital
and DePaul Hospital.
For more information about the Spring Lecture Series
in the College of Health, call (601) 266-5882.