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Released September 24, 2004

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SPRING DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SELECTED

HATTIESBURG - David J. Fine has been chosen to kick off the February Spring Lecturer Series at The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health.

Currently the chief executive officer of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System in Texas, Fine was recently was named by "Modern Healthcare" as one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare." The results place him on a list that includes the president of the United States, six senators, four representatives, four Cabinet members and three heads of federal agencies.

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.

"Modern Healthcare's" third annual "100 Most Powerful" list is based on some 9,600 nominations, with voters asked to designate health care professionals who best demonstrate that they have the power to influence the health care delivery system. David Brailer, the physician-economist recently appointed the nation's health care IT czar, was the individual ranked "most powerful in healthcare."

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, University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia University. In 2001, he was one of three recipients of the American College of Healthcare Executives Health Management Research Award and in 1985 he received the prestigious Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award, which recognized the "Young Hospital Administrator of the Year" by the American College of Hospital Administrators (now known as the American College of Healthcare Executives).

A Flushing, N.Y., native who holds a bachelor of arts from Tufts University in economics and sociology and a master of hospital administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Fine was appointed CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System in 1999. It managed publicly and privately owned health care delivery assets, comprising 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. A joint operating agreement joining The Children's Hospital and Health System of Alabama with UABHS began in 2003.

As vice chancellor and director of the university hospital and clinic at the 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 Healthcare 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.

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October 25, 2004 5:01 PM