When Jimmy Stout joined the Special Care Unit (SCU) team at UAB Medicine in 2017 he was amazed by how well the team worked together, supporting each other and the patients.
Today, that collaboration is a vital component of his role as the SCU Quality and Patient Safety Director. Stout focuses on serving as a resource to the team, reducing barriers to care for patients, improving processes, and maintaining regulatory guidelines laid out by the hospital.
SCU includes a team of professionals 100% dedicated to liberating patients from ventilators and getting them out of the hospital and back on the road to a life well-lived. These are often the most complex patients in the hospital. Since the team of experts are solely dedicated to the unit, they can use their skills and relationships to harness the energy of patients and families to be the best they can be.
Jimmy says the most rewarding part of his job is seeing all the SCU patients who get back to living a life outside the hospital, often after weeks or even months of recovering from a critical illness.
"I love when we see patients go from barely being able to take a breath independently to high-fiving and celebrating when they graduate from our program. It's a celebration with everyone clanging cowbells, shaking pom-poms, and playing the Rocky Theme song," says Jimmy.
He attests that SCU's high-touch model is a game-changer for those on Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation.
"The direct and indirect benefits to the patients and the hospitals are remarkable," says Jimmy.
He also has been around the industry long enough to know that driving ROI and improving patient care go hand-in-hand. In 2021, 90% of patients that came to the UAB SCU on a ventilator were discharged safely from the hospital. Almost 75% went to inpatient rehab to get stronger or straight home after receiving dedicated care. Readmissions for any cause are less than 7% at UAB Hospital. Jimmy is exceptionally proud of those numbers as patients get to spend more time enjoying life than recovering.
Before joining SCU, Jimmy held various positions at UAB and Children's Hospital of Alabama. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University in 2002, close to his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama. He earned his Master of Business from UAB in 2013 and was invited to attend and later teach at the Quality Academy sponsored by UAB Medicine. Jimmy is on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, where he helps produce a podcast and discover educational opportunities throughout the state.
Jimmy's expertise and passion for patients have grown over the past four years, all while sharing a dedication to his family and community. Jimmy has been married to his wife Victoria for the past 13 years, and they are raising a son and daughter in the outskirts of Birmingham. He has enjoyed coaching youth soccer and climbing with his children. He is an active member of the civic and outdoor community, where he promotes the expansion of and access to Green Spaces for everyone. Jimmy enjoys almost any human or natural powered movement, especially rock climbing and running, and often rides a bike or runs to work from his house. With everything he has going on, Jimmy finds relaxation in yard work, cooking for his family, and playing the ukulele.