Mentoring Event Explores Managing the 21st Century Healthcare Organization

Mentoring Event Explores Managing the 21st Century Healthcare Organization

by Katie Deslandes '15 M.S.
Communications and Public Affairs Graduate Assistant

Last month, five members of the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) visited the UNH campus for a panel discussion and mentoring event titled “Managing the 21st Century Healthcare Organization: People, Policies, and Priorities.”

The event, which was hosted by the University’s Student Organization for Healthcare Administration, focused on the ways in which healthcare managers must be attuned with the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how current students looking to enter the healthcare field should prepare for the future.

The panel discussion, which was open to the public, was attended by more than 60 people. Healthcare executives participating on the panel were Kevin A. Vest from Yale School of Medicine, Adam Weinstein from New York Hospital Queens, David C. Wooster from Yale University, and Stephen J. Carbery and Pam Scaglarini from the Yale New Haven Health System. Summer Johnson McGee, associate professor of public management, and public health expert, was the moderator.

“This panel was a great opportunity for students to hear directly from practicing healthcare executives what is happening in healthcare today and how to best put themselves on a course to become the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said McGee.

Following the panel discussion, 15 graduate students from UNH’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program participated in the one-on-one mentoring sessions with the ACHE healthcare executives.

“All of the participants provided insightful answers to the questions about the future of the healthcare industry,” said Akash Shetty ’15 M.S., a candidate in the master’s degree program in healthcare administration and president of UNH’s Student Organization for Healthcare Administration.

“I am really glad that I came this to this event, as we are able to mentor and inform these incoming healthcare professionals on what the industry holds,” said Wooster. “I wish this was available when I was starting my career.”

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