Providence Health System in Mobile announced that Ijaz Iqbal, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Providence Health System, will also serve as Chief Medical Officer of Providence Medical Group.
“We felt that the opportunity to create this unique dual role would allow greater synergy and alignment across the health system,” Todd Kennedy, president and CEO of Providence Hospital said.
In this dual role, Iqbal will serve as the clinical leader responsible for helping create stronger relationships between the medical practices and hospital, and lead quality initiatives across Providence Health System.
“As CMO of Providence Hospital, Dr. Iqbal has been instrumental in helping improve many quality measures, most notably leading an initiative to decrease sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication that is the result of an infection,” said Dr. Tim Bode, chief clinical officer for Ascension Alabama. “Because of his leadership, Providence now has one of the lowest rates of sepsis and patient mortality in the Ascension network.”
Iqbal has been at Providence for nine years, serving as medical director for six years prior to being appointed to his current role as CMO in 2017. Before joining Providence, he served as the medical director for Infirmary West Hospital, Department of Hospital Medicine, for almost three years. He also worked as an internal medicine physician for nine years in Bayou La Batre at the Mostellar Medical Center.
Iqbal holds a medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed his residency and internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Additionally, he is a member of the board of censors for the Mobile County Medical Society.
Founded in 1854, Providence Health System is part of St. Louis, Missouri-based Ascension, the largest Catholic-based healthcare system worldwide. It is a full service, 349-bed medical/surgical facility accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Roberts Brothers named one of ‘Best Companies to Work for in Alabama’
Roberts Brothers Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and one of the area’s largest real estate firms, has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Alabama” by Business Alabama magazine. An awards event was held last week at The Woolworth in Birmingham to honor the 22 companies recognized.
The selection process evaluates a number of different areas of the candidate companies including culture, productivity and quality of work compared to others in their respective fields. Each company is also assessed upon detailed information provided by executives, which is compared to employee interviews.
“Thirty-two percent of our team has been with us for 10 years or more and 46 percent have been with the company for over five years,” Roberts Brothers Chief Financial Officer Bernadette Windle said. “Those are astounding numbers considering the high turnover that is characteristic of the brokerage industry.”
Every employee is also required to participate in an anonymous survey about their company’s work culture, benefits and morale, among other factors. The employee survey is worth 75 percent of the total evaluation of each candidate company.
“The reason Roberts Brothers is one of the great companies is because it has great people. If we do our jobs as a management team then the biggest asset on our balance sheet will continue to be our people,” Daniel Dennis, CEO of Roberts Brothers, said.
Celebrating its 74th anniversary in 2019, Roberts Brothers was started by Mobilians and World War II veterans John and David Roberts in their parents’ garage in 1946. Today the company has nearly 300 agents in five offices, providing brokerage, relocation, vacation rental and property management services.
Local attorney appointed Alabama’s Honorary Consul for Norway
Mobile-based law firm Armbrecht Jackson LLP has reported that attorney M. Kathleen Miller has been appointed Norway’s Honorary Consul for the State of Alabama.
The approval of the position by the U.S. Department of State was also announced in a news release by Royal Norwegian Consulate General Morten Paulsen at a reception held last month downtown honoring retiring Alabama Honorary Consul Leslie H. Stuart Jr.
At the ceremony Stuart was recognized for 35 years of service with the consulate. Paulsen also noted that Miller’s practice of maritime law and involvement in the maritime and shipping industry in Mobile made her well suited for the incoming role.
Miller will provide consular services including providing information and assistance to Norwegian citizens in Alabama, promoting commercial trade and promoting scientific and cultural relations between Norway and Alabama.
“I am honored to be asked to serve as Norway’s official presence in Alabama,” Miller said. She has practiced law with Armbrecht Jackson since receiving her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law in 1980.
Armbrecht Jackson provides business and litigation services in a broad array of specialties. Founded locally in 1897, U.S. News reportedly rates the firm in Tier 1 in 21 practice areas, the most of any law firm in Mobile.
Points Clear’s The Grand Hotel nationally ranked by USA Today
According to a news release, a national panel of hotel experts reviewed industry awards and guest reviews to nominate 20 historic hotels across the country.
Online voting lasted for nearly a month to select the Top 10 historic hotels and the poll closed July 29. The results were announced last week and The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear made the Top 5, coming in at number four.
“This prestigious honor is a true testament to the quality of our associates and the exceptional service they provide every day,” Scott Tripoli, general manager of The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, said.
“With the support of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, we were able to undergo a massive transformation and raise the quality of our resort experiences. We would like to thank all of our past guests and everyone who voted for us in the poll. It is great to bring such prestige with a Top 5 finish to the shores of Mobile Bay and the entire state of Alabama,” he said.
To see the full list of winners, visit: 10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-hotel-2019.
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