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Current news from Health Policy and Management
for alumni, faculty, students, and staff
- Director of Graduate Medical Education
- Business Manager, Vidant Medical Center Womens and Childrens Hospital
Describe your current position.
- Manage 9 FTEs, 16 physician practices, 40 physicians, and 90 employees in our 3 county service area
- Oversee operations, staffing, revenue cycle, budget development, capital equipment purchase, supply chain, strategic planning, and business development for the Blue Ridge Medical Group
- Oversee new mergers and acquisitions
- Assist with physician recruiting and physician relations
- Coach leaders on the use of lean tools to reduce waste and improve processes
What has attending school at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health helped you achieve?
Our program has given me the tools that I needed to be successful in building and leading a strong healthcare team. It has also given me the tools to navigate the political landscape of healthcare and produce strong outcomes for the healthcare systems to which I have contributed and to the communities where I have had the privilege to serve.
How has UNC impacted your leadership skills?
Leadership development and teamwork were woven throughout the program and provided me a strong foundation upon which I have built and continue to build throughout my career.
Describe your overall experience at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Provide examples.
It was a wonderful experience. I made lifelong friends and colleagues and developed an invaluable skillset that has been a catalyst that helped me to get my dream career started.
Discuss your relationship with the faculty and/or staff during the program and/or after.
I have made life-long colleagues and friends within the School of Public Health and continue to maintain those relationships. The faculty has been a huge part of my development and continues to be a strong support system for me.
Discuss what you would consider to be your greatest achievement in your professional career and why.
The development of residency training programs at Blue Ridge Healthcare and the conversion of our community healthcare system into an academic teaching facility would be my greatest achievement thus far in my professional career. We partnered with local, state, federal, and private companies to finance the development of 35 training slots for residents and fellows a year. This has a 3-year economic impact to our community of $6 million. We are improving the quality of care delivered in our community because of the teaching environment, grooming the next generation of physicians for our community, and using our academic resources to expand access to care for patients in our community without means.
What are your words of wisdom to current students in Health Policy & Management department?
Learn all that you can in two years, develop friendships and work to maintain those relationships when you graduate, and continue taking every opportunity to learn once you leave school. Remember why you chose healthcare as a career: have a servant’s heart and a lifelong love of learning.
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