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
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
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.