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Employee Spotlights: REGINA CUMMINGS

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and Clinics are proud of our diverse, highly skilled work force. These professionals form a close-knit community dedicated to advancing patient care. The following informal interviews provide some insight, both professional and personal, about a few staff members who exemplify our mission to provide innovative, award-winning eye care and vision restoration.

What Regina’s colleagues are saying about her:

Regina is extremely versatile and can basically assume any role in the clinic. She’s always willing to help other employees with training or professional development, or even just filling in to make patient phone calls when another clinic is shorthanded. Regina is an excellent communicator with faculty members, always making certain that they have all the resources needed to be successful. She’s really the physician’s right hand.

“Regina is one of the reasons the glaucoma service has thrived over the past decade. Her skills as an ophthalmic technician are unsurpassed. She is a great teacher to both patients and staff. She is a natural leader and is trusted by all of our patients and doctors.” Jason Swanner, MD

Tell us about where you are from and your past experience.

I’m from Vestavia Hills, Alabama. I’ve worked as an ophthalmic technician for 19 years, at Callahan for 11 years.

When did you know you wanted to have a career in medicine, and was there any particular event or experience that prompted your interest?

In high school I knew I wanted to be a nurse or medical assistant. I began in nursing at UAB right out of high school. After starting a family, I returned to work in ophthalmology.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work at Callahan Eye Hospital?

I know I have an important role in measuring and assessing the eye for a great outcome. That means I get to be an integral part of our work to improve and restore our patients’ vision on a daily basis.

Are you reading, or have you recently read, anything noteworthy?

The Bible

What are your favorite TV shows, authors, or movies?

“Somewhere in Time,” “Serendipity,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Little Women”

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What do you like to do in Birmingham when you are not working?

I enjoy discovering new and different restaurants in the area. I like to go antiquing at flea markets and shopping in home furnishings stores.

In the health care profession, there are those moments when it seems like everything’s going south. What gets you through the day when that happens?

Everything I do is done unto the Lord. I take great pride in making a great first and lasting impression. I stay focused on my main priority, which is great patient satisfaction.

Is there a particular experience, event, or person on the job that stands out as special?

I feel very privileged to work for the amazing doctors at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. Their skill set and surgical outcomes are second to none. I love that I work with the best!

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