PCLC at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center

  1. Location
    Birmingham, AL
  2. Leader
  3. Faculty
    • Marie Bakitas
      DNSc, NP-C, FAAN, Associate Director, UAB Center for Palliative Care; Professor, School of Nursing
    • Jennifer Hicks
      MSHA, MBA, Administrative Director, UAB Center for Palliative Care
  4. Photo: Rodney Tucker
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UAB Medical Center At-A-Glance

The UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care provides clinical services to patients with serious illness at several facilities: the UAB Hospital, the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Children’s of Alabama Hospital. UAB Hospital is the largest comprehensive medical facility in Alabama and one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. The Birmingham VA Medical Center is a 144-bed acute care facility providing tertiary medical and surgical care to veterans of Alabama and surrounding states. Located adjacent to the UAB Hospital campus, Children’s of Alabama is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. UAB palliative and supportive care services include inpatient consultations at all three locations—including palliative care units at UAB and the VA—and community-based palliative care services via a Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic and a telehealth research program.

Key benefits of training with UAB include:

  • Strategies for gaining C-suite support and creating positive culture change
  • Guidance for creating effective program marketing strategies starting with an “elevator pitch”
  • Ideas for gaining community support for palliative care programs via development activities and by engaging a community advisory board
  • Access to seasoned experts from three campuses: Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, UAB Hospital, and Children’s of Alabama Hospital
  • Guidance into attaining strong physician buy-in, resulting in high volumes of referrals at all clinical sites
  • Insight into the development of an ambulatory clinical program with over fifteen years of patient care experience
  • Information about working with an active telehealth research program and assistance developing a telehealth/teleconsult clinical program
  • Opportunities to work alongside interdisciplinary teams including doctors, nurses, advanced practice providers, physical therapists, massage therapists, counselors, psychologists, nutritionists, chaplains, social workers, and others
  • Exposure to an extensive collaborative practice with nursing staff and advanced practice practitioners, including an academic palliative care nursing subspecialty program for nurse practitioners, DNP, and PhD students

Questions?

For questions about UAB, including the availability of specific training dates, contact Jennifer Hicks at jenniferhicks@uabmc.edu or 205-996-5054.

For general PCLC questions, please contact Brittany Chambers at brittany.chambers@mssm.edu or call 212-824-9573.

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Rodney Tucker
MD, MMM, Director, UAB Center for Palliative Care; Professor, School of Medicine; Chief Experience Officer, UAB Health System

Rodney Tucker, MD, MMM, is a native of Alabama and currently serves as the chief experience officer for UAB Medicine and director of the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. Dr. Tucker graduated from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in 1984 and again from its medical school in 1989, subsequently entering the internal medicine residency program at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. Dr. Tucker is board certified in internal medicine and the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine. After a successful career in private practice and working with a regional provider of home care and hospice services, Dr. Tucker returned to his alma mater in 2002. Since that time, he has been actively engaged in the development of one of the most comprehensive clinical, educational, and research programs in palliative care in the United States. Dr. Tucker also completed his master’s degree in medical management at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in 2009. In 2011 he assumed a leadership role in the UAB Medicine Reaching for Excellence culture renovation initiative as part of the Academic Medical Center of the 21st Century strategic plan. Dr. Tucker works with more than 14,000 stakeholders in Alabama’s largest employer in the practice of leadership and patient experience in the setting of a changing health care environment. In February 2016 Dr. Tucker was appointed as the first holder of the Christine S. Ritchie, MD, Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Leadership at UAB.

PCLC Hospital

PCLC HOSPITAL teaches you how to design a new inpatient palliative care service—or navigate growth challenges for an existing one. Training addresses the unique program design considerations of your hospital team, including:

  • Making the case for palliative care within your hospital ecosystem
  • Financing strategies for launching or growing a service
  • Program measurement that ensures quality while aligning with hospital priorities
  • Collaboration across service lines
PCLC Home & Office/Clinic

PCLC HOME & OFFICE/CLINIC is for the hospice, home health agency, hospital, or other provider organization wishing to launch strategically-designed palliative care services for patients in clinics, at home, or in long term care. Training and mentoring include:

  • Defining the scope of the program in terms of geography and patient population
  • Designing services to meet the needs of your target population
  • Developing partnerships with referrers and other community services
  • Building financial stability through strong business planning
PCLC Pediatrics

PCLC PEDIATRICS is for hospitals, hospices, or other provider organizations interested in the unique program design considerations of pediatric palliative care, including:

  • Needs assessment and internal marketing strategies for pediatric palliative care in your organization
  • Program financing considerations to ensure sustainability
  • Clinical models, including service and staffing design to meet the needs of the pediatric population
  • Ways to develop community partnerships to ensure comprehensive, well-coordinated care
  • Strategies for transitioning to adult care