Nena Sanders, vice provost of Samford University's College of Health Sciences and professor of Ida Moffett School of Nursing, and Michael Hogue, professor and associate dean of the Center for Faith and Health, have been named to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to and rendered exemplary service for health care in the state.
Prior to being named nursing school dean in 2001, Sanders was transforming nursing practice roles. Her early work with Humana resulted in the implementation of a progressive nursing practice model adopted nationwide by more than 200 hospitals. This groundbreaking model expanded the role of the advanced practice nurse and its hallmark was an interdisciplinary approach for patient care delivery.
In 2013, Sanders was named vice provost of Samford's College of Health Sciences. In this role, she united the university's four health-related schools--health professions, nursing, pharmacy and public health--under the model of interprofessional education and practice. This approach is redefining health care education.
Much of Hogue's work centers around advancing the role of pharmacists as collaborative members in a team-based model of care. He was a member of the team that developed education, advocacy and practice tools that led to 50 states authorizing pharmacists to administer vaccines.
Hogue joined the faculty of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1999. He was named interim dean of the school in 2014, and in 2016, Hogue was named the associate dean for the Center for Faith and Health. He was recently elected to serve as president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.
McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumnus Donnie Calhoun, the class of 1987, was also inducted in the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame this year. Calhoun is the owner of Calhoun Pharmacy, a nationally accredited pharmacy for sterile and non-sterile compounding, in Anniston. Calhoun has served in numerous leadership roles within pharmacy organizations at the state and national level. In 2011, he was appointed president of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy committee.