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DOTHAN, Ala – Southeast Health is proud to announce we have been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers for 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced today, and it can currently be viewed on the Forbes website.
America’s Best-in-State Employers 2022 were identified in an independent survey based on a vast sample of approximately 70,000 Americans working for companies with more than 500 employees in the USA. Across 25 industry sectors, 1,380 employer brands were ranked among the top employers.
The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employees were also asked to evaluate other employers in their respective industry and state that stood out either positively or negatively.
“Delivering excellent patient care and top-notch educational experiences begins with great employees, which is why we constantly strive to improve the work experience for our 3,000 team members.” said Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of Southeast Health. “This distinction is special considering the challenging environment we have been operating in during the past two years. I am proud of the dedication and resiliency our team has demonstrated during this time. They are what makes our organization great, and they are the reason we continue to win awards for quality, safety, and now as one of the state’s top-employers.”
About Southeast Health
Southeast Health, which includes the region’s largest not-for-profit hospital, is a community-based academic health system dedicated to improving health and wellness for residents of southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Southeast Health system includes the Medical Center, Medical Group, Foundation, Statera Network, and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). The Medical Center is a 420 bed regional referral center serving more than 460,000 residents. It is one of three certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Alabama, and is recognized as a Level II Trauma Center and Chest Pain Center. In addition, Southeast Health has the regions only NICU with specialty trained neonatologists.
DOTHAN, Ala – The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) recently announced organizational changes to the division of Clinical Sciences, as well as an addition to the Dean’s Cabinet.
The ACOM division of Clinical Sciences has implemented organizational changes to better streamline its functionality and organized its faculty into three departments, Primary Care Medicine and Specialty Medicine, and Osteopathic Principles and Practices.
The department of Primary Care Medicine, led by Martin Clemmons, DO, FACIO, includes Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Praful Patel, MD, FACOG, is heading up the department of Specialty Medicine that encompasses fields such as Emergency Medicine, General Surgery and OB/GYN. Thomas Fotopoulos, DO, will continue to lead the department of Osteopathic Principles and Practices.
“These changes should allow for greater communication and comradery among our faculty,” said Stevan Walkowski, DO, FAAMA, associate dean of Clinical Sciences.
The departments meet on a regular basis to share ideas and concerns unique to the medicine they practice. Creating three academic departments with three chairs offers greater representation and an opportunity to handle problems as they arise with good and reasonable solutions.
Meanwhile, the Dean’s Cabinet is pleased to announce Jonathan Leo, Ph.D., has assumed the role of senior assistance dean of Student Advancement. In addition, Dr. Leo will continue his duties as professor of Anatomy with his teaching responsibilities.
The senior assistant dean of Student Advancement is a new role at ACOM focusing on student success that will support the school’s growth and our strategic plan priority of academic excellence. Within our new division of Medical Education, the senior assistant dean of Student Advancement will serve as the strategic and operational champion to enhance student success by developing and implementing advancement strategies for learning, engagement, retention and program completion.
In his new role, Dr. Leo will oversee the Center for Academic and Career Excellence. He will work closely with the academic deans, the associate dean of Student Services, and the vice president of Institutional Effectiveness to support student development, academic achievement and ACOM’s mission and values.
Dr. Leo has 27 years of anatomy and neuroanatomy teaching experience at osteopathic schools. He is also a well-respected researcher and writer, as well as having held multiple leadership roles in medical education, which includes associate dean of students and graduate programs
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) Board of Directors recently approved the construction of a new open-air pavilion and the development of several acres into a community garden with fruit- and vegetable-producing plants on the ACOM campus. This addition serves as the campus’s latest expansion that will offer unique opportunities for learning.
This project will create an outdoor space for student and faculty events. The open-air pavilion will feature a covered area with audience seating for up to 224 people and table-and-chair seating for smaller groups. This covered area may also be used informally for outdoor eating and study on a regular basis.
The exterior of the pavilion will be designed to coordinate with the main ACOM facility. Construction is planned to begin in Summer 2022. Simultaneously, a task group will work with landscape designers to plan the garden areas.
The new pavilion and community garden were envisioned and planned with the assistance of many faculty and staff. This project represents ACOM’s continued commitment to its core values through the development of innovative areas for enhanced learning and campus life.
ACOM is pleased to share the following medical student appointments to leadership positions with several national and regional associations and groups for 2022.
Melanie Weyers, Class of 2023, has been elected as National Board of Directors Chairperson for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.
Tiffany Wood, Class of 2023, has been appointed as Student Council President for the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Donatine Afful, Class of 2024, has been appointed education subcommittee co-chair for the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Jennifer Ra, Class of 2024, has been appointed as Membership/Recruitment Representative for the Medical Student Council with the Association of Academic Physiatrists.
Kyle Cohen, ACOM Simulation Fellow, has been appointed as Southcentral Representative for the Emergency Medical Residents Association Medical Student Council.
Joshua D. Collingwood, Class of 2025, has been named Vice-Chair for the Medical Student Section with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
Logan Carlyle, Class of 2023, has been named ACOM Council Representative for the Medical Student Section with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
Dominic J. Gigliotti, ACOM Anatomy and OPP Fellow, has been appointed to the Special Commission on Osteopathic Medical Licensure Assessment for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) as the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents representative.
ACOM commends these students for their leadership achievements.