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Dr. Michael Nowicki presented "Economics Driving Healthcare Reform" to the leadership of the 30th Medical Support Squadron at Vandenberg AFB in California on September 18. The Commander of the Squadron, Lt. Col. Patrick Martinez, received his MHA from Texas State University in 2006.
Dr. Matthew Brooks has been granted tenure and was selected as the new Director of the School of Health Administration. Dr. Brooks joined the School of Health Administration at Texas State University in 2010 as a tenure-track associate professor. In August 2013, he was appointed director of graduate studies for the School of Health Administration. Dr. Brooks received his B.S. in biology from Kennesaw State University and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology. He received an M.P.H. in biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He holds board certifications in public health and health administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Executives (ACHE) and the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Brooks spent 21 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. Highlights of his military career include assignments as chief of strategic planning for Army Medical Command; deputy director of the Army-Baylor MHA/MBA Program; and deputy commander for the 14th Combat Support Hospital in Camp Bucca, Iraq. Dr. Brooks earned the Airborne, Air Assault and Expert Field Medical badges during his military career.
Dr. Brooks’ research interests are in the areas of veterans’ health and aging; military healthcare; life-course effects of military service; and generational differences. He has been active in a number of professional organizations, including serving as a reviewer for several professional journals including Military Medicine and Journal of Aging and Health. He is active in the American College of Healthcare Executives, where he serves as a member of the Regents Advisory Council, and is a member of the Standards Council for the Commission of Healthcare Management Education.
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 29, at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions in San Antonio.
The School of Health Administration is proud to announce the new graduating class for Summer 2014. A total of 11 students completed their Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) this summer and officially graduated on Friday, August 8th. These students included Katy Bolton, Dacey Doehrman, Shareef Hamand, Aaron Hochstetler, Aaron Hynson, Joseph Mette, Bethany Miller, Lawrence Okpoko, Verna Regier, Michael Ulanday and Kelsey Wood. We wish you continued success in our profession and know you will do well.
Dr. Cristian Lieneck met with the officers for the Healthcare Leadership Coalition student organization to discuss items of interest for the upcoming academic year on Friday, August 10th. Dr. Lieneck is the faculty liason for HLC.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented "Economics Driving Healthcare Reform" and "Essentials of Healthcare Financial Management" to the leadership team of Ascension Health/Symphony in St. Louis on July 17th and 24th.
This summer, Dr. Eileen Morrison completed the 3rd edition of her textbook, Ethics for Health Administration. This book and all of its support materials are currently under editor review by her publisher. The third edition will be ready for use in the spring 2015 semester.
The BHA program at Texas State University is undergoing a recertification review by the AUPHA. This review happens every 6 years. Dr. Eileen Morrison, BHA Director and a supporting team of Dr. Barbara Sanders, Dr. Michael Nowicki, and Dr. Matt Brooks met with the AUPHA Certification Committee in San Antonio on June 18th. The purpose of this meeting was to address any concerns that the Panel had about the AUPHA Recertification process. The team answered questions about orientation, the curriculum, the residency program, and other areas. A draft of their report will be send to Dr. Morrison for review in August. The official report with recertification status will be sent in October.
Major General David Rubenstein, MHA, FACHE, US Army (retired) was selected as this year's Pattullo Lecturer for the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in San Antonio, Texas on June 18th. The Pattullo Lecture is the opening, keynote address for the AUPHA Annual Meeting and is named for Andrew Pattullo, one of the founding members of the organization. Mr. Rubenstein's lecture was titled A Young Healthcare Leader's Toolkit: Knowing Oneself in Order to Lead Others.
Mrs. Amber McIlwain & Dr. Amanda Sokan presented a poster titled Beyond Long-Term Care: Integrating Gerontology into Health Administration Curriculum at the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in San Antonio, Texas on June 19th.
Mrs. Amber McIlwain and Drs. Cristian Lieneck & Amanda Sokan participated in a fishbowl session titled Reality Bytes: A Collaborative Discussion on the Infusion of Virtual Reality Teaching Tools for the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in San Antonio, Texas on June 18th. The session also included Dr. Michele McGowan of Kings College & Dr. Salvador Esparza of California State University, Northridge.
Michael Nowicki received the American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Service Award in June. This award is part of the ACHE Recognition Program to recognize members' commitment to the healthcare management profession and is based on a range of specific volunteer activities that demonstrate leadership & contributions to further professional excellence.
Dr. S.C. Kruse co-authored an article titled Factors Associated With Adoption of Health Information Technology: A Conceptual Model Based on a Systematic Review in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Medical Informatics. JMIR Medical Informatics is an international publication that focuses on clinical informatics, decision support for health professionals, electronic health records, and ehealth infrastructures. The other authors of this article are Jonathan DeShazo, MPH, PhD of the Department of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, Forest Kim, MBA, MHA, MA, PhD of the School of Business at Baylor University and Lawrence Fulton, PhD of the Department of CIS and Quantitative Methods in the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented "Essentials of Healthcare Financial Management" to the leadership team at the Indiana University Health on May 20 and 21.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented "Financial Management" at the national ACHE BOG Exam Prep Course in Chicago on April 29.
The Healthcare Leadership Coalition (HLC) student organization had their last meeting of the semester on Friday, April 18 with featured presenters from the American College of Healthcare Executies (ACHE). The presenters from ACHE were Gary Meyn (Former Regent of Central & South Texas ACHE), Brian Henry (President of Central Texas ACHE), Melissa Burgess (Director of Student Affairs for South Texas ACHE) & Lee Holmes (Regent of Central & South Texas ACHE). The presenters discussed the role of ACHE in the healthcare industry and the benefits of being a member.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented his paper "The Basics of Healthcare Financial Management" to over 100 attendees at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago on March 24.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented two workshops titled "Economic Driving Healthcare Reform" and "Healthcare Essentials" for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in Orlando on March 19-21.
Major General (retired) David Rubenstein presented "Healthcare Leadership: Thoughts for Your Foxhole, From Mine" on 4 March to the senior leadership team of Southwest Health System in Cortez, Colorado.
Major General (retired) Rubenstein presented "Army Medicine, Army Strong: Caring for 3.9 Million Beneficiaries" on 28 February to the Texas A&M College of Architecture visiting lecture series: "Architecture for Health."
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented two workshops titled "Economic Driving Healthcare Reform" and "Healthcare Essentials" for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in New Orleans on February 19-21.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented a workshop titled "Critical Financial Skills for Hospital Success" for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in Key West on January 27-28.
Mr. William Barnes was presented with the 2013 Pioneer Award from the Texas Hospital Association (THA) on February 13 at the THA 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in San Antonio, Texas. This award honors a rural health administrator or cheif executive office who demonstrates creative and innovative leadership. Mr. Barnes has been CEO at Sweeny Community Hospital since 2007. In that time, the facility has seen a remarkable turnaround including reducing employee turnover from 41 percent to 13 percent in just three years.
William Barnes graduated from Texas State University, then Southwest Texas State University, with a Master of Science in Health Professions (MSHP) majoring in Healthcare Administration in 1988.
MG Rubenstein facilitated a senior leader workshop on 21 January supporting organizational behavior changes at Onsite, Occupational Health and Safety, a medical support company headquartered in Princeton, Indiana.
Current MHA student Jeffrey Martin has been selected as the College of Health Professions Graduate Student Representative for the Associated Student Government (ASG). Mr. Martin attends scheduled meetings of the ASG to represent graduate students in the college on issues such as finances, jobs and student policies. He is also availabe for students to speak to to voice their concerns which can then be brought before the ASG for discussion.
Dr. Michael Nowicki presented "Essentials of Healthcare Financial Management" for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) December 9-11 in Chicago and "Economics Driving Healthcare Reform" to the Indiana Chapter of HFMA December 12 in Fort Wayne.