Significant Contributions to AAAEM
Kain C. Robbins
AAAEM is proud to announce that The Significant Contributions to AAAEM was awarded to Kain C. Robbins, Operations Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (MSHMC) of Penn State Health at the AAAEM/AACEM retreat this past March. This awardrecognizes an academic emergency medicine administrator affiliated with AAAEM who has demonstrated, within the last three years, a noteworthy achievement to the growth, success or stability of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine.Kain has been a strong advocate for AAAEM, leading the Membership Committee for the past 5 years growing the membership from about 60 members to now well over 100 members. He has also served on the AAAEM Nomination Committee for 6 years. Lastly, he has served on the Benchmarking Committee for the past 5 years and was one of the presenters of that committee’s contingent at SAEM in 2017. It is for this dedication to the Academy, his engaging personality and in particular his work in welcoming new members to the Academy that Kain received this honor.
Kain received his bachelor’s degree in 1994 in Accounting for Penn State University. He has been in the healthcare industry for 19 years starting out as the Accounting Manager for a Health Management Associates hospital in Lancaster, PA. For the last 14 years he has been working at the MSHMC with the first 6 years in the role of a Financial Liaison which supports the Children’s Hospital and the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neurology & PM&R and now the last 8 years with the Department of Emergency Medicine. In his role as Operations Director he not only manages the operations of Emergency Medicine but also directs the organization’s pre-hospital services, Life Lion, which operate air medical, ground critical care and EMS programs.
Kain resides in Lancaster, PA and has been married to his wife, Kimberly, for 23 years. They are in the process of raising the next round of Nittany Lions with his daughter, Katelyn, currently a sophomore at University Park. His Son, Kyle, is a junior in high school and is also intending to attend college in State College in the fall of ‘19. In his free time, Kain is a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoys camping, traveling, and is always up for a good meal.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Louis E. Burton, Sr. MHSM, FACHE
AAAEM is proud to announce that The AAAEM Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Louis E. Burton, Sr., MHSM, FACHE at the AAAEM/AACEM retreat this past March. Louis is the Associate Director, Finance and Administration for the Emergency Medicine Department, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. The AAAEM Lifetime Achievement Award in Academic Emergency Medicine Administration is the highest recognition the Academy gives to an individual who has displayed a lifetime of achievement and made outstanding, nationally recognized contributions to academic emergency medicine administration, research and/or education, over the course of his or her career.
Louis received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo College, FL, and his Graduate degree in Health Services Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed his fellowship at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. A dual careerist having served 22 years in the Air Force as an Information Manager, Louis has over 17 years of experience in Academic Emergency Medicine starting as a Business Manager.
Louis has been with UT Health since August 2014 and has interests in healthcare administration, operations and strategic management. He manages the UT Health Emergency Medicine physician practice that has annual revenues in excess of over $20M and over 134 employees. The hospital affiliates of his department include a Primary Academic EM adult site and recently opened EM Pediatrics and Observation units with annual volume of over 70,000 visits. His department hosts 30 residents, 2 EMS, Ultrasound and Global fellowships. The UT Health DEM has under his tenure experienced a phenomenal revenue collection growth of 91%. At UT Health, he is also a member of the Contracts and Institutional Biosafety Committee.
He is a recent graduate of UT Health’s Healthcare & Administrative Leadership Development Program. His previous employment was with Emory University as Assistant Administrator. While at Emory, he served as President, Employee Council in years 2005-2006. He is the recipient of Emory University Award of Distinction and is a graduate of Emory’s 2007 Excellence through Leadership Program. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and South Texas Association of Healthcare Executives.
Louis’ civic duties include assisting veterans to register for healthcare benefits, the VA Leadership Upward Expectation Program, Hosea Feed the Homeless, American Heart Association Walk, Army/Baylor Preceptor and Georgia State Mentoring Programs. Louis is married to Emiko (Amy) D. Burton and they have one son, Louis Jr. and twin girls, Tai and Toya.
Louis was President of the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) for 2016-2017. He is an active member of AAAEM’s Membership and Benchmark Committee and Chairs the Awards Committee; and has served in the past on the Finance and Communications Committee. As Chair of the Communications Committee, he initiated development of a communications portal for all AAAEM members that has grown into what we now call the Discussions communication. As AAAEM President, Louis saw the need for AAAEM to be aligned with SAEM and initiated development of AAAEM’s Strategic Plan. He has been a presenter at AAAEM/AACEM annual retreat as well as at the Certificate Program Emergency Medicine Administrator (CAEMA). It is for his vision in establishing the communication portal and his leadership activities at AAAEM that he is being awarded the Significant Contributions Lifetime Award from AAAEM.AAEM Significant Contribution to Award.