No sooner had we put up our previous post, about the mysterious whereabouts of UAB's "lost" administrator, than word came that the UAB Health System is eliminating 245 jobs.
The "lost" administrator was former Health System CEO David Hoidal, who after saying he was stepping down to care for aging parents in South Dakota, wound up at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Last time we checked, that's a long way from South Dakota.
Hoidal's successor, Will Ferniany, announced earlier today that the Health System is eliminating 245 jobs. That comes on the heels of a productivity study that Ferniany had initiated.
Taken together, these stories continue two ongoing themes at UAB, my former employer:
* A Culture of Deceit--We have outlined a growing list of deceitful and unlawful practices at UAB. The truth about David Hoidal's whereabouts is just the latest addition. When Hoidal left, UAB issued an official statement, saying he was going to South Dakota to care for aging parents. So what is he doing in the Middle East? UAB's statement now appears to have been a lie. Why is the university lying about what transpired with its former Health System CEO?
* Gross Mismanagement and Corruption--From research fraud to multiple HR-related lawsuits to numerous missteps in its men's basketball program, UAB is awash in mismanagement and corruption under President Carol Garrison and her Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. How long before Birmingham residents wake up and realize that one of their greatest assets is being run into the ground by incompetent "leaders"?