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Dr. Nowicki participated on a Leadership San Marcos panel discussion on the Future of Healthcare. Other panelists included Sam Huenergardt, Linda Spacek, and Lane Lee, MD.
Even though this was Professor Summers last graduation as faculty in the School of Health Administration, he still took the opportunity to teach and the graduates still took the opportunity to learn. Dr. Jim Summers, Professor Emeritus, has been on phased retirement since 2008 and this fall was his last semester.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented a workshop titled "The Essentials of Healthcare Financial Management" to the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in Chicago on December 3-5.
The School of Health Administration held it annual recognition dinner at the Embassy Suites. Laura Light, BHA '03, receive the Herkimer Award for Outstanding Alumni. William Savage received the Noone Award for outstanding BHA student, Gail Nelson received the Rappaport Award for outstanding MHA student, Megan Odell received the HHR outstanding student award, and David Shackelford received the Hamid Award for outstanding civic engagement. Kate Henderson, Vice President and COO of University Hospital Brackenridge received the Outstanding Preceptor Award.
Quint Studer, Baldridge Award Winner and noted author, presented Straight A Leadership: Hardwiring Profitability, to about 200 SOHA students, alumni, and faculty on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Studer's PowerPoint presentations that he gave while on campus are available on the SOHA Fall Conference & Banquet page.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented a workshop titled "The Essentials of Healthcare Financial Management" to the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in Denver, Colorado on October 16-18.
Gen. David Rubenstein gave an educational session titled "Healthcare Leadership-Thoughts from my Foxhole" at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Hospital Association on October 30 & 31.
The School of Health Administration hosted a joint meeting of the South Texas Chapter and Central Texas Chapter of ACHE on Friday, October 26. The meeting included two panel presentations: physician integration and community health. Dr. Tinal Fields moderated the panel on community health.
Dr. Yvonne Lozano gave two presentations titled "Latino focused community approach to addressing domestic violence" and "Domestic violence grows old" for the Annual Conference of the San Antonio Police Department on October 17 & 18.
Mr. Robert Mooney was bestowed the title Associate Professor Emeritus from Texas State University at a reception on Monday, October 8th. Mr. Mooney retired effective May 31st after 37 years of service to Texas State University and has opted for a modified retirement agreement for part time employment through spring 2014.
Gen. David Rubenstein gave a presentation titled "Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole" at the 79th Annual Convention of the Idaho Hospital Association on Tuesday, October 9. This was an interactive dialogue that led participants to consider leadership development for themselves and their teammates, and apply tools that address leader & mentor development.
Gen. David Rubenstein led a workshop at the 2012 Mid-Management Healthcare Leadership Series sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association on Wednesday, October 3 titled "Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole." This was an interactive dialogue that led participants to consider leadership development for themselves and their teammates, and apply tools that address leader & mentor development.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented a finance workshop at the ACHE BOG Exam Preparation Course in Scottsdale on Thursday, October 4.
The Williamson Foundation provided the School of Health Administration a third round of funding in the amount of $123,000. According to Dr. Nowicki, the first round of funding in the amount of $85,000 was received in 2010 for the stated purpose of increasing community awareness in the long term care graduate certificate program by funding and marketing an improved curriculum, by providing funding for faculty continuing education and research, and by providing funding for a long term care administration conference. The second round of funding for $115,000 was used for faculty continuing education and research as well as graduate stipends for field placements. The third round of funding will be used for faculty research and graduate student stipends for field placements. Dr. Nowicki also said that second and third year awards may be eligible for matching funds from the state due to Texas State's emerging research university status.
Gen. David Rubenstein presented an interactive dialogue titled "Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole" at the 2012 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit on October 1 that led participants to consider the leadership development for themselves and their teammates, and to apply tools that address leader & mentor development.
Drs. Tina Fields & Rick Nauert presented the research on dance therapy in elderly patients at the 2nd Annual Symposium of the Texas Culture Change Coalition at Texas State University on Friday, September 28. This research was conducted in association with the Texas Long Term Care Institute at the Brenham State Supported Living Center.
Joel Helmke, MHA '96, Division Administrator at MD Anderson, and representatives visited campus on September 28, to interview second year graduate students who were interested in MD Anderson fellowships.
Dr. Michael Nowicki, FACHE, FHFMA, was profiled in the 2012 Annual Report, saying that "a top challenge for executives is how to make healthcare more efficient".
Lydia Jaskinia has been accepted to make a poster presentation based on an abstract from her internship project at the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research Conference on December 4th through 6th in San Diego, Californi. The conference is sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRM&R). Lydia is completing her internship this semester at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.
David Villela recently accepted the position of Director of Health Care Services, Ambulatory/Patient Education with University Health Systems - San Antonio.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented a "Critical Financial Skills for Hospital Success" work shop for ACHE in Washington, D.C. on August 20 and 21, 2012.
Drs. Nowicki and Lieneck joined Austin Regional Clinic founder and CEO Norman Chenven, MD, in a panel discussion "Accountable for the Care We Provide" at the joint meeting of the Central Texas Chapter of ACHE and the South Texas Chapter of HFMA at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin.
Paula Zalucki, FACHE, and Dr. Michael Nowicki, FACHE, FHFMA, provided a one-day certification preparation course for the South Texas Chapter of ACHE on Friday, August 3, at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions in San Antonio.
Major General (Ret.) David Rubenstein will join the School of Health Administration at Texas State University in the fall as a clinical associate professor. "In this position," explains Dr. Michael Nowicki, Director of the School, "General Rubenstein will monitor graduate field placements south of San Marcos, provide leadership lectures to BHA and MHA students on campus, and serve as mentor to students in field placements and on campus.”
General Rubenstein retired in May as commanding general of the US Army Medical Department and School at Fort Sam Houston and chief of the US Army Medical Service Corps. He previously served as the Army deputy surgeon general and, prior to that, as the commanding general of Europe Regional Medical Command and command surgeon for US Army Europe and 7th Army. General Rubenstein earned the inaugural US Army Medical Service Corps Mentor of the Year Award and was inducted into the Army Medical Department's Order of Military Merit.
General Rubenstein is board certified in healthcare management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) where he served as Regent, Governor, and Chairman (2008-2009). General Rubenstein earned ACHE's highest award, the Gold Medal Award, in 2012 and was interviewed in the May issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.
When asked about joining the faculty General Rubenstein responded “I’m most excited about the opportunity to help develop and, more importantly, to serve the students who will be the next generation of healthcare leaders in Texas and across the Nation.”
Todd A. Mackenzie will join the School of Health Administration in the fall as a clinical assistant professor. Mr. Mackenzie will be teaching on-line long term care administration courses--one in the fall and one in the spring. In addition, Mr. Mackenzie will place and monitor long term care administration students in field placements throughout the state (Mr. Mackenzie is a state-certified preceptor). In explaining Mr. Mackenzie's expanding role and responsibilities, Dr. Nowicki explained: "Todd has worked for us for several years as a senior lecturer and advisory committee chair for the Long Term Care Institute. As a clinical assistant professor, Todd will assume more responsibilities for teaching in the graduate certificate in long term care administration program as well as identifying placement sites and monitoring students in those sites."
Mr. Mackenzie is currently the CEO of the Remington Medical Resort in Richardson. In 2007, he was named a Future Leader of Long Term Care in America by the American Health Care Association and was also the recipient of the CEO Round Table "Best of the Best Award". In 2001, Mr. Mackenzie was named the Texas Health Care Association's Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Michael Nowicki attended the retirement dinner for HFMA President, Dick Clarke (standing) during HFMA's Annual National Institute (ANI) in Las Vegas. Dr. Clarke had been president of HFMA for 26 years. Dr. Clarke and Dr. Nowicki have been close friends since Dr. Nowicki served on the National Board of Directors from 1999 until 2002. Dr. Clarke has contributed the forward to every edition of each of Dr. Nowicki's books.
Dr. Cristian Lieneck presented his poster titled "Inherent Success? Understanding Personality and Core Competencies in Healthcare Administration Undergraduate Students" at the 2012 Annual Meeting & Global Symposium of the Association of Univeristy Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Lieneck's presentation dealt with individual personalities and competency levels relates to success in the healthcare administration field. For more information about the conference or AUPHA, please visit their website at www.aupha.org.
The School of Health Administration hosted a Long Term Care Conference on Friday, May 11th at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas. the keynote was delivered by Former Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Department of Health & Human Services Josefina Carbonell. Additional presentations were made by Dr. Michael Nowicki & Dr. Eileen Morrison, professors in the School of Health Administration. The conference was organized by Dr. Yvonne Lozano who is the lead faculty member for the Long Term Care Administration program and her Graduate Assistant, Amber Rankin. The presentations made at the conference are available below in PDF format.
Also in attendance at the conference was Dr. Perry Moore, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Texas State University System, Dr. Ruth Welborn, Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Dr. Eileen Morrison, Professor of Health Administration.
Presentation by Dr. Michael Nowicki at the Long Term Care Conference
Presentation by Dr. Eileen Morrison at the Long Term Care Conference
Presentation by Josefina Carbonell at the Long Term Care Conference
Dr. Oren Renick has overseen the Safe at Home program at Texas State University since 2000. During that time, the program has installed as many as 20 wheelchair ramps as well as other common repairs in insure security and safety for homebound residents. Their recent activities have received recoginition from the Austin American Statesman and can be access at the link shown below.
Drew Fisher has won the 2012 BOKO Award for "Most Community Service Hours Student Volunteer Connection" from the Office of Campus Activities & Student Organizations (CASO) and the Student Organizations Council (SOC) at Texas State University. The BOKO Awards Ceremony honors those who make a commitment to leadership, service and excellence and the award recipients are recognized for achievement in campus involvement and leadership. Drew spent many hours representing the Health Promotion Services Department of the Student Health Center as a Peer Educator. He delivered health education presentations in classrooms, student organization meetings & residence halls across campus.
Modern Healthcare has released their newest national rankings of Master's Programs in Health Administration based on full-time student enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year. This shows the School of Health Administration as the 19th largest Master level Health Administration program in the US with 45 full-time students. Modern Healthcare is a weekly business publication delivering news & information to executives in the healthcare industry and is owned by Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc. More information is available at www.modernhealthcare.com.
Drs. Nowicki and Lieneck participated on a healthcare reform panel sponsored by the Political Science Honor Society at Texas State University on March 22nd.
The Williamson Foundation provided the School of Health Administration a second round of funding in the amount of $115,000. According to Dr. Nowicki, the first round of funding in the amount of $85,000 was received in 2010 for the stated purpose of increasing community awareness in the long term care graduate certificate program by funding and marketing an improved curriculum, by providing funding for faculty continuing education and research, and by providing funding for a long term care administration conference. The second round of funding will be used for faculty continuing education and research as well as graduate stipends for field placements.
Richard J. Priore, MPA, MHA, CMPE, FACHE, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Nix Health Systems, presented a workshop on professional development to School of Health Administration students. The workshop included resume writing and interviewing.
Dr. Tondra L. Moore presented “Did Texas law banning cell phones in school zones save money?” at the 2012 Public Health Law Research (PHLR) Annual Meeting: Targets of Opportunities in New Orleans, LA on January 19, 2012. Dr. Moore is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PHLR grantee.
HFMA South Texas Chapter past-presidents took HFMA National Chairman of the Board, Greg Adams (second from the left), to dinner prior to the ACHE/HFMA Healthcare Landscapes 2012 meeting in San Antonio. Dr. Nowicki was HFMA South Texas Chapter President in 1992.
Posted by University News Service
Jan. 12, 2012
Texas State University-San Marcos has been reclassified as an Emerging Research University by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
University officials were notified of the reclassification on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Texas State now joins seven other Texas public universities that are already classified as Emerging Research Universities. They are Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas.
Before the reclassification, Texas State was listed in the Doctoral Universities category along with Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern University and Texas Woman’s University.
“This is a very important moment for Texas State University. It reflects an enormous amount of work undertaken and accomplished by so many people. It is the start of a new era for our university,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth.
Texas State was classified as a Doctoral University in 2004, when Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order requiring the Coordinating Board and universities to develop an accountability system for public higher education. Under that system, institutions were grouped according to general academic mission and certain key academic indicators such as size and number of graduate programs, research expenditures and other factors.
Trauth said the classifications were established as subject to revision as universities evolved.
“We worked diligently toward our goal of becoming an Emerging Research University. Texas State has evolved into a premier student-centered educational experience that fosters retention and success and is built on academic programs with clearly defined learning outcomes and a rigorous level of academic challenge,” she said.
The Coordinating Board defines Emerging Research Universities as institutions that offer a wide range of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, serve a student population within and outside the region, are committed to graduate education through the doctorate in targeted areas of excellence, award at least 20 doctoral degrees per year, offer at least 10 doctoral programs and/or enroll at least 150 doctoral students and have research expenditures of at least $14 million per year.
Texas State currently enrolls more than 400 doctoral students and had $33,486,997 in total research expenditures in the 2011 fiscal year.
Doctoral Universities – Texas State’s former classification – offer a wide range of excellent baccalaureate and master’s programs and are committed to graduate education through the doctorate in targeted areas of excellence and/or regional need, award at least 10 doctoral degrees per year, offer at least five doctoral programs and have research expenditures of at least $2 million per year.
Trauth said Texas State remains deeply committed to undergraduate student success, even as the university broadens its mission to include doctoral programs and an expanded research agenda. She said that undergraduate retention and graduation rates have both improved since the university awarded its first doctoral degrees in 2000.
The above article is found on the University News Service website which can be accessed by clicking here.
There was also an article in the New York Time's regarding Texas State's achievement in their January 21st, 2012 edition. That article is available in PDF format below.
This is an article in the January 21, 2012 edition of the New Tork Times titled "Texas State University, a Step Closer to the Top Tier. Keeps a Focus on the Future."
Dr. Michael Nowicki provided a one-day workshop on fundamental healthcare financial management to the Indiana Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in Indianapolis on December 15th.
Dr. Michael Nowicki provided a keynote address entitled "Leading in Times of Change: Preparedness in Times of Healthcare Reform" to the finance managers of the Seton Family of Hospitals in Austin on November 30th.