About UAB Medicine

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About UAB Medicine

UAB Medicine is one of the top academic medical centers in the nation and a recognized leader in quality patient care, research, and training.

Our Mission, Vision & Values

To provide life-changing care.

To be the leader in improving the health and lives of all we serve.

UAB Medicine is committed to providing quality health care and compassionate service to every patient, every time, regardless of their individual differences or circumstances. Our academic medical center attracts patients from across the world who represent many cultures, religions, lifestyles, and economic backgrounds, so diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of the atmosphere we strive to maintain. For this and many other reasons, UAB Medicine established a set of Core Values that we instill in our employees as part of our never ending pursuit of excellence. These values are:         

Always Care: Listen with empathy, be compassionate, and support those in need.

Own It: Be accountable, take action, and make it happen.

Work Together: Think win-win, build consensus, and play your role on the team.

Do Right: Follow through, work with principles, and do no harm.

Located in Birmingham, UAB Medicine is one of the top academic medical centers in the United States and Alabama’s largest single-site employer. In addition to providing health care services for more than 1.6 million patients annually, we are committed to educating medical professionals and advancing medical science through research.

UAB Medicine is anchored by UAB Hospital, which has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals and the Best Hospital in Alabama, the No. 1 Best Large Employer for 2021 by Forbes magazine, and we received a Top Ten Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corp. The hospital provides care to the sickest patients in the state and offers many services not available at other medical centers in the region, including research trials for promising new treatments.

S. Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA S. Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA CEO, UAB Health System; CEO, UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance

Dawn Bulgarella is a senior leader in health care with more than 25 years of progressive experience in academic medicine. In her uniquely integrated role as CEO of both UAB Health System and the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance, Dawn is responsible for combined annual budgets in excess of $5 billion. She has a proven record of accomplishments in administration, financial management, organizational strategic planning, and senior-level recruitment.

Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Certified Public Accountant who formerly served with Ernst & Young, a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals Board, and active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Dawn participated in Class XXXI of Leadership Alabama. The Birmingham Business Journal named her one of the Top Birmingham Women in 2021, Birmingham’s CFO of the Year in the Large Enterprise category in 2020, and has listed her among Who’s Who in Birmingham Healthcare annually since 2015. Dawn also received a Women of Impact award from Yellowhammer News in 2019. She mentors women in health care, serves on numerous health care boards throughout Alabama, and routinely speaks about health care finance and leadership.

Dawn and her husband, Joe, have three adult children and one grandchild, and she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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