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Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration - Alumni at Work

Zhanna-KelleyZhanna Kelley

Class of 2011

Senior Associate

PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP

 

 

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
The benefit is being a Baruch alumni is being able to leverage a large alumni network and living/working close to the school in order to attend alumni events.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
I have benefited from the wonderful professors who taught the classes and gave us a glimpse into the real world. I appreciated having professors who worked in the field vs the ivory tower.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
Although your grades are important - who you meet and the real world experience you gain is even more important. Everyone, including myself, were always concentrating on grades but that's not what's going to give you an edge in the real world. Learn to relate to others and work in a group setting - those are the real life scenarios you'll face in the real world.

Gregg-GordonGregg Gordon

Class of 1998

Senior Vice President of  Network Management

MagnaCare

 

 

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Why did you choose and MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
The business degree would be far more useful in navigating the business of health care and would be transferable to other industries. The other degrees are more focused on policy and health-care delivery, but it's the business of it that interests me more.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Think about how the dollar flows from the consumer of health care services to the provider of health care services, and consider how many hands that dollar needs to pass through. In all aspects of what we do in this industry, a dollar has to change hands, and the key to understanding the value of that dollar, and the way in which its value diminishes, will guide the right kind of decision-making.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
As I have remained in this industry for the entirety of my career, it has opened up many doors. MBAs are attractive to many businesses, but a healthcare MBA translates to employers and colleagues that you are focused on this industry and that your education supports being where you are.

Kristin-Fallon-HanleyKristin Fallon-Hanley, MBA, CCRP

Class of 2008

Quality and Training Manager, Clinical Data Operations

Clinical Outcomes Tracking Analysis

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
Really focusing on the business of healthcare, without losing focus on healthcare delivery and service; focusing on how operational efficiencies can lead to overall better healthcare for patients and lower overall healthcare costs in the country

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
Honestly, the friends I made – the cohort program allowed me to make some lifelong friends.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
A MBA helps you reach for higher goals and positions earlier in your career, as it opens doors sooner. You are eligible for advanced management positions with fewer years worked. You are more eager to take on challenges as you are equipped with knowledge and tools gained from the MBA program. You see things differently and solutions become clearer.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I had a BS in Management as an Undergraduate Degree, and past consulting experience. I wanted to really take this past education and work experience, elevate and reinforce my knowledge through a MBA program, and really apply this to my current career in Healthcare Management.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
The cohort program is excellent and reinforces teamwork. As most students have full-time careers, it’s imperative to be in a program that understands this and where your homework and studies complement your daily work tasks.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Take advantage of the alumni network and stay involved. The network of healthcare professionals is smaller than you would imagine and you never know what connections lead to great opportunities personally and professionally.

How has Healthcare MBA alumni network helped you advance in your career?
The network helps you network and connect with healthcare professionals. It’s great to connect with your Baruch family in the professional world.

Regina-GurvichRegina Gurvich

Class of 2000

Chief Compliance Officer

AdvantageCare Physicians, PC

 

 

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
This well established and regarded program has a rather significant number of Alums in the field and it was humbling to first join the field and now become one of the well-recognized members of this community.

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
It is one of the few programs structured around hands-on learning that developed not only understanding of concepts but the processes of applying these to real life scenarios.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
The degree gave me the immediate recognition and acceptance entering healthcare (as well as a nice company of like-minded Alums). The notion that the capstone project(s) were implemented by some of my classmates upon graduation and were viable healthcare enterprises speaks for itself.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
In assessing and comparing curriculums, the program offered the right measure of financial education which I found immensely useful early on. The faculty, which was shared with Finance MBA, was amazing and I still remember warmly their patience with some of us, who might not have been finance/ accounting undergrads.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
Best ROI!

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Enjoy the long night of reading, evenings of conversations with the faculty, and homework project - you will miss that time, but will gain long-term friends and colleagues.

Sandra-M.-IbergerSandra M. Iberger, FACHE, FABC

Class of 1996

Vice President of Operations

Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS)

 

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More about Sandra:

  • Fellow & Health Care Advisory Board Member at the American College of Healthcare Executives

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
I have found that the people I have met thru the program (faculty and students) were the most rewarding part of the program! I am fortunate that over the past 20+ years I have kept in contact with many classmates and consider several to be my best friends.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
I credit the Baruch MBA program with providing me with a solid healthcare foundation from which I have been able to build my career upon.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I was referred to the program by my boss, who at the time, who was an alumni member. Ultimately, I selected Baruch because of their stellar reputation which rivaled ivy league colleges and at much more affordable price!

Dan-LandesbergDan Landesberg

Class of 2014

Administrative Director

Geisinger Health System

 

 

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How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
My business background has served me extremely well during my fellowship. Healthcare Administration is a uniquely challenging field; we must balance the need to deliver high quality care and a great patient experience with the fiscal responsibility to meet our organization's obligations and the operational excellence to control costs and ensure access. The majority of my fellowship has been spent developing my operational skills and building and evaluating new business opportunities. The Healthcare MBA prepared me admirably for these disciplines and allowed me to ramp up and take on these responsibilities very quickly.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
Prospective students would be hard pressed to find another program that is so well-rounded. First of all, we have an extensive alumni network all over the country, but particularly concentrated in the Greater New York City area. These leaders are fully aware of the rigor of the program and routinely share job opportunities with the program management to ascertain student interest. Second, it is tailor-made for working professionals. The convenience of a consistent class meeting schedule, dinner on class nights, and the provision of textbooks and registration make for a great experience. Third, it provides excellent value, in that the tuition and fees are very affordable. Finally, I greatly enjoyed the cohort approach. Going back to school is a serious commitment and getting to share that experience with like-minded, driven professionals was stimulating and rewarding. I made many friends at Baruch and fostered relationships such that I now have a network of 27 professionals who I know and trust.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Attend alumni events and do not wait until right before graduation to think about next career steps. Several members of my cohort earned substantial promotions during the program. Having an MBA in healthcare is extremely valuable and you should leverage that while the academic and practical concepts learned in your coursework are still fresh in your mind. Network with alumni (and others) and develop a career plan that will guide your next steps. Always be thinking about your career and when the time is right to make a move and when your value is highest.

Numan-EjazNuman Ejaz

Class of 2012

Vice President of Environmental Services, Safety and Emergency Management

Lutheran HealthCare

 

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What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
Diversity of students from different health care back grounds allowed for an opportunity to analyze and look at things from different perspective. The best part about Healthcare MBA for me was critical thinking and learning to questions things utilizing the skills and knowledge gained from not only the professors, the material covered, but also from other students in the class.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
Allowed me to excel towards my career goals

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I wanted to get a solid business background.

Nina-Peskoe-PeyserNina Peskoe Peyser

Class of 1979

Health Care & Education  Consultant

Nina Peskoe Peyser Consulting

 

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How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
There were benefits to my career that started while I was still a student in the program. The faculty members were themselves grappling with the same issues that my employer was, so we were able to use the classroom as a think tank for emerging topics related to changes in health care reimbursement and developing Quality Improvement programs. The connections built with my fellow students and with the faculty lasted for years, and we often referred job candidates to each other and used each other as collegial resources for solving problems.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I expected the MBA to be more versatile and to offer more diverse employment opportunities for the future. I anticipated more emphasis on finance and on management, especially compared to the MPH. This turned out to be correct, and after 25 years in health care, I became the CEO of an academic organization. I think the health-specific degrees would have typecasted me more.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
For current students: you may think that a particular course is less interesting or less relevant right now, but you will discover even years from now that something you encountered as a student has a unique twist that will help you address an issue. For example, although I enjoyed my statistics class (thank you, Professor Harry Rosen), I didn't think of it as something that I would use as a hospital administrator. As it turned out, I had the opportunity to create a center for health care research and build grants and research resources that required data analysis and interpretation, and the understanding of how to read papers with a critical eye became extremely useful to me.

Elizabeth-KemenyElizabeth Kemeny

Class of 2014

Senior Systems Analyst

Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center

 

 

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What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
The best part by far was the camaraderie with the other students. We got to know each other very well over three years especially during lots of late nights. Each and every person in my cohort is an intelligent, kind, hardworking and inspiring individual. The program included a lot of group work and my classmates made this a real pleasure.

How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
The healthcare MBA has made it clear to my employer that I understand larger, big picture topics in the health care arena. During the program I changed careers from operations management to clinical systems project management to be part of electronic clinical documentation roll out and not only did the healthcare MBA make it clear to my new department that I am an incredible hard worker and multitasker, but I have a unique insight into the health care climate and the challenges our clinicians face with this kind of change.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Make the most of the program - network, and enjoy!

Korisa-StambaughKorisa Stambaugh

Class of 2008

Associate Director

Northern Westchester Hospital

 

 

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
Great networking opportunities

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
Meeting people, going through the program together as a cohort, and maintaining those connections well beyond graduation.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
Because while taking healthcare specific courses you also gain the fundamentals of Finance and Operations.

Jonathan-FriedmanJonathan Friedman

Class of 1996

President and CEO

PRN Advisors

 

 

 

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
I have kept enduring relationships with my classmates that are very important to me from a personal and professional standpoint. Every year I am introduced to an expanding network of alumni presenting opportunities I would not have elsewhere. I can call any Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni and they will pick up the phone.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I did not want to narrow myself to any one discipline and I felt an MBA would provide that diversification I desired. The tools you learn in an MBA can be transferred to any industry and is vital to be successful in healthcare. As the emphasis on cutting costs while improving the quality of care became the mantra of healthcare reform it was never as important as it is now to possess the skills and knowledge that an MBA provides. If you cannot read and understand a financial statement, create a budget or devise a business plan you will not succeed as an executive in healthcare.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Although healthcare is going through the greatest changes in our lives it presents the greatest opportunities. Not since the advent of the internet in the late 90s have I been a part of such an exciting and innovative time in any one industry. You are able to network, innovate and get an audience with a group of motivated people if you have the drive. The MBA program with its rigorous schedule and diversity of classes prepared me for an extremely successful wild ride as an entrepreneur in the healthcare field.

Jifeng-(Jeff)-ZhuJifeng (Jeff) Zhu

Class of 2014

Research Program Manager

Weill Cornell Medical College

 

 

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More about Jeff:

  • Vice Chair of the Weill Cornell Community Advisory Board

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
Whatever program you choose the network you develop through the experience matters. The cohort design of Baruch's program allowed me to spend three years studying with a diverse group of other professionals from leading healthcare institutions, and the teamwork emphasis fostered the development of a close knit network. Moving forward in my career, I'm proud to consider my former classmates not just professional contacts, but also close friends.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
The rising cost of medical care in the US is unsustainable. Recognizing this issue, healthcare providers - even large academic medical centers - are placing an ever greater emphasis on translating business techniques and processes to contain costs and improve efficiency without sacrificing patient care. An MBA provides the business skill set and the Baruch Healthcare MBA teaches you how to translate this into the field of healthcare.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
What you get out of your education is directly correlated to how well you use the knowledge you've obtained. It's up to you to take the analysis, management and process improvement skills earned in this program and apply them. Even a mundane process such as intake paperwork can be improved using LEAN principles. Don't go into a program thinking that a degree will automatically open doors. Your ability to successfully apply what you've learned and demonstrate results, matters a whole lot more.

Julia-A.-OlffJulia A. Olff

Class of 1991

Health Educator

 

 

 

 

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What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
It was wonderful having professors who were working in a health care setting who could share their field experiences. The most impactful part of the program was doing an internship. I got selected for my first choice - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and ended up working there full time during my last semester of Baruch and then for 5 years thereafter. Great place to work and be treated. I learned so much there about patient experiences and what patients and families need - and worked I very very hard.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I felt an MBA would be the most valuable for working as an administrator in a range of health care settings. Baruch also offered a great program that felt like a private education within the city university for a great price!

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Network everywhere and anywhere you can. You never know who you might be standing next to and what field they work in. The best way to make connections is through people you already know including your parents and their friends. It’s very likely they know folks who work in health care and can connect you with someone who may be hiring. Talk with people and tell them what you’re hoping to do.

Becky-ChenBecky Chen

Class of 2014

Senior Group Underwriter

Anthem, Inc.

 

 

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What are the benefits of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA Alumni?
The benefit of being a Baruch Healthcare MBA alumnus is knowing that I came out of a program that was dedicated to developing well-rounded industry professionals; individuals who have knowledge in not only patient care and policy, but business administration, finance, accounting and operations management among others. We were taught not only the emerging health care issues and trends in this rapidly changing environment, but the critical business issues that came with them.

What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
The most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program was sharing the experience with a cohort of diverse individuals. For the Class of 2014, especially, we were and are like a family. Having such a tight-knit cohort allowed us to challenge each other on a day to day basis. Each time a topic was discussed, we knew that there was always at least one person in our cohort we could turn to for their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, etc. It has always been my belief that those kinds of discussions, the ones that challenge your beliefs on a particular topic, turn out to be the most beneficial.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
I chose an MBA as opposed to an MPA/MHA/MPH because my priority was learning how to construct/maintain a feasible and effective business model for the various businesses involved in the healthcare industry rather than the industry on its own. Coming from the commercial risk management side, it made more sense for me to choose a program that would give me the knowledge of the healthcare industry that I never received and also fine-tune the skills I already had in finance/accounting/statistics, etc so that I may apply them to managerial issues.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
I would advise prospective students to build and maintain relationships with their classmates. There will inevitably be times where the support of classmates makes all the difference in overcoming an obstacle. Support each other.

Ken-BrowerKen Brower

Class of 2008

Director, Conflicts of Interest, Office of the Dean

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

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How has the Healthcare MBA helped your career?
The Healthcare MBA program has been invaluable in helping to advance my career. It has provided a knowledge base upon which I am continually expanding and growing. The education and skills developed over the course of the program have enabled me to change direction and add value across a broad spectrum of areas. Healthcare is a dynamic and continually changing industry. It is critical to have the ability to adapt to these changes. I feel that the Healthcare MBA has provided me the knowledge, and in turn, the confidence to consistently move forward.

Why did you choose an MBA as opposed to a MPA/MHA/MPH?
At the time I decided to pursue an MBA, I had entered into a work setting which required a dramatic turnaround - financially, operationally, and culturally. I felt that a Healthcare MBA, over any other advanced degree, would provide the most effective tools toward reaching those goals. It proved to be the right decision. The knowledge I gained as a student in the Healthcare MBA program immediately impacted my approach to evaluating and resolving problems. I was able to apply the tools learned in the classroom to my work setting, which became something of a “working laboratory” to complement my didactic learning. The “real-world” results achieved were phenomenal, and this was before I had even completed the program. It is not uncommon for students in the Healthcare MBA program to advance professionally while still enrolled in the program. I not only advanced my position while in the program, but was recruited to a new position at another institution as a result of the guest lecturer series which is included in the final year of the program.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
In my experience, one of the greatest benefits of the Healthcare MBA program was the ability to apply my newly gained knowledge to my work setting. This not only provided greater context, but it also provided the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience. I think it is helpful to have a degree of experience in the healthcare industry while enrolled in the program. If you have limited experience, I think it is especially beneficial to attain a supervisory or managerial position at any level while still enrolled in the program. I think that coupling managerial responsibility with the Healthcare MBA education vastly increases the value of the experience.

Nafeez-ZiaNafeez Zia

Class of 2011

Manager of  Quality Assurance and Compliance

Applied DNA Sciences

 

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What was the best or most rewarding part of being in the Healthcare MBA program?
The best part of being in Baruch's executive Healthcare MBA program is the fact that it is cohort style where you really get to know your classmate for 3 years. This contributes to learning that happens beyond the classroom and a relationship with classmates for the rest of the life. Also, the classes are filled with working professionals representing all types of healthcare, pharmaceutical and Quality-related backgrounds. So, the opportunity to network starts from Day 1.

What advice would you give to a prospective student?
Baruch's executive Healthcare MBA program has a curriculum that is both rigorous and challenging. Even though it is a part-time program, be prepared to commit and spend a considerable amount of time preparing for all the classes.

What advice would you give to a current or graduating student?
Soak in as much as you can in the 3 years from the faculty, lectures, and from your fellow classmates. Be a team player and actively contribute in group projects and team oriented case studies.

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