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Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

This summer we finished another great academic year for the MHA programs.  The class of 2016 included 45 MHA graduates and 27 EMHA graduates.  In the MHA class, a record 14 students landed fellowships across the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, to name a few.

In September, we welcomed 33 MHA and 36 EMHA students into the program. As usual, their program began with the ropes course on Whidbey Island.  As many of you recall, this is a wonderful way to begin the program, providing the opportunity to meet classmates and faculty, test ourselves and launch team formation.

Earlier this year, the program was tasked by the Graduate School to explore options for combining our administrative and academic homes, which are currently housed in separate schools. We are in the midst of discussing our compatibility with several schools, including our current administrative home, the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health, where we are physically housed. We have received warm interest from the School of Law and the UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies, in addition to the Department of Health Services. 

To date, we have solicited information from all three potential partners.  We are now reviewing that information and evaluating the program’s compatibility with each, using the following key criteria:

  • Compatibility with the MHA strategic plan
  • Track record of attracting diverse faculty and students
  • Recognition of community service as a component of scholarly production, in addition to teaching and research

We are actively gathering input from a number of sources, inside and outside of the university, to help inform this process, and ultimately, our recommendation for a combined, permanent home. I’ve met with several alumni one-on-one.  We are also meeting with the program’s Advisory Board and Alumni Association Board of Directors to solicit their input and guidance. Faculty and staff are involved as well – and all of these contributions will drive our recommendation.

We are happy to report this exploration has yielded positive engagement from partners across campus, including increased connection with Dean Dave Eaton of the UW Graduate School and Interim Dean Joel Kaufman, MD, of the School of Public Health.  We’ve also been fortunate to open discussions with other campus programs about how we can work more closely with them in the future.

This is a significant time for our program.  We will keep you informed along the way, and in the meantime, we devote ourselves to the day-to-day work of educating, research, and support for our MHA and EMHA students, alumni, and the health care community as a whole.

Dennis Stillman Signature

Dennis Stillman, MHA
Director, Graduate Program in Health Services Administration

Students Take Home 2nd Place Prize

Second-year MHA students Lilli Hozakowska, Panachon Lor, and Ben Chao won 2nd place in the Baylor University's Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. 

The team competed against 11 programs from across the country. Ben Chao was also awarded Best Presenter and Best Q&A. A strong showing of the UW MHA's talent on a national stage.  Congratulations to the whole team!

MHA Case Competitor

(Photo (left to right): Lilli Hozakowska, Panachon Lor, Ben Chao, and first-year student observer, Chavie Cramer)

Evening for Alumni: Save the date

Mark your calendar for our annual alumni event on January 19, 2017, 5:30 to 8:00 PM, featuring a panel of health care leaders discussing the future of the field. A networking reception will follow, and the panel will be taped and posted on our website for alumni outside of Seattle to enjoy.  More details to come!


Regional Alumni Socials & Networking

As part of the alumni association's goal of increasing networking opportunities for alumni, the program and association are hosting socials for MHA alumni in cities with concentrations of UW MHA/EMHA alumni. 

Our first event was in Portland, OR this spring, and we are planning a social for San Francisco, CA and Salt Lake City, UT in early 2017. 

Update your contact information so you receive these, and future networking invitations.

Thank You, Volunteers!

Several alumni volunteered their time to support the program over the past several months.  From serving as guest speakers, workshop leaders, or sitting on a panel, your contributions make a difference!  Thank you!

Russell Hanscom ('93) participated in the MHA Salary Negotiation Workshop.

Bahaa Wanly ('06), Cheryl Scott ('77) and Lydia Bartholomew ('02) participated in the quarterly alumni speakers series for EMHA students.

Hunter Plumer ('14), Ryan Sundquist ('13), Jesse Kasten ('11), Shannon Gilbert ('10), Erika Titus ('14), and Hanh Pan ('10) participated in the MHA Careers Roundtable event.

Faculty & Staff News

Sarah Cave, MHA, Senior Lecturer and alumna ('99) accepted the role of MHA Program Associate Director.

Sarah also chaired this year’s Northwest Kidney Center’s Discovery Gala.  The Discovery Gala raises funds to support innovative research about kidney disease. This year’s event raised nearly $750K for kidney research.

Doug Conrad, PhD, MBA, MHA, Professor Emeritus, will serve as the AUPHA Graham Prize Committee Chair at the AUPHA annual meeting this year.

Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, received the James W. Mifflin University Professorship, effective 2016 to 2021. Read more.

Jeff Harris, MD, MBA, MPH, Chair, Professor, was appointed to the Accountable Care Medical Leadership Team for UW Medicine.

Phil Haas, MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor, accepted a new role working as the MHA Practitioner in Residence.  In this role, Phil will work closely with local health organizations to develop and maintain links with the practice community in support of our strategic plan.

Sallie Thieme Sanford, JD, Adjunct Associate Professor, presented, “Medical Students on Medicaid:  Campuses as Harbingers of Medicaid Universality,” American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics’ 39th Annual Health Law Professors Conference, June 3, 2016, Boston, MA.

Minh Sum, stepped in a new role this fall as the MHA Professional Development Specialist.  Minh has worked with the program for over a year in the program coordinator position, and we are thrilled to have work with the in-residence students in this capacity.

Suzanne J. Wood, PhD, MS, FACHE, Assistant Professor, recently presented at both the Global Healthcare Management Forum, the Association of University Professors in Health Administration Annual Meeting in Kansas City, CS, and presented twice at the Academy of Management's annual conference in Anaheim, CA.  She was also selected as Chair, AUPHA Management Faculty Forum. This fall, she presented with our graduates seven capstone abstracts at the Washington State Health Executive Forum annual meeting.

Awards & Accolades

Kim Nicholson, (MHA '04) COO for clinical program services of Providence St. Joseph Health, was selected as one of Modern Healthcare's 2016 "Up and Comers under 40." Nicholson's main responsibility is working on a high-tech Consumer Engagement Center, matching patients with clinical services.

Rick Shumway (MHA '08) was named to Becker's 2016 Rising Stars Under 40 list.  Rick is currently the Executive Director of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics.

Joanne Roberts, (EMHA '14) was recognized at the Seattle Business Magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Healthcare awards with the Silver Award for Outstanding Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Roberts is the Chief Medical Officer for Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Alumni Updates

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Fall '16

Letter from the Director

Students Take Home 2nd Prize

Evening for Alumni: Save the Date

Regional Alumni Socials & Networking

Thank You, Volunteers

Faculty & Staff News

Awards & Accolades

Alumni Updates

Upcoming Events

January 19, 2017, 5:30-8pm
Evening for Alumni Event
More information to come

March 28, 2017 MHA Alumni Social at ACHE Congress in Chicago, IL.

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