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Program Director and Assistant Professor, Master of Healthcare Administration

Lake Shore Campus

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  • A senior healthcare leader with experience in change-management, service line leadership, strategic planning, operations, community and legislative advocacy, post-acute care, and a variety of other skills which have served to improve financial, operational, and market performance of the organizations at which I've worked. When not focusing on health care I spend time with my wife of 29 years and two children traveling, gardening, and cooking. 

    Research Interests

    I am focused on helping to create the next generation of healthcare leaders, ensuring they have the necessary critical thinking skills to address the challenges and opportunities facing the healthcare industry. My research interests include post-acute care operations, health policy, and operations management.


    Education
    • BA in Communication, University of Iowa
    • MA in Communication, Illinois State University
    • DHA (Doctor of Health Administration), Central Michigan University

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    Throughout my healthcare career, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with countless professionals who have mentored, inspired, and challenged me to improve and do more for the communities I have been fortunate to serve. I’ve built medical office buildings, developed clinical programs, hired physicians, negotiated large contracts, and participated in thousands of hours of community activities and service. I wouldn’t trade a single day of it, because today I am a product of those cumulative experiences. Given this I have always felt an obligation to share with the next generation of healthcare managers and leaders, just as many have shared with me. What I’ve come to understand since joining the faculty at Loyola, is that it’s not really an obligation at all – to the contrary it’s a privilege. Working with students and watching them grow intellectually and professionally is more rewarding than I had imagined. Every day, I get to help students craft resumes, discuss how they can develop their professional networks, and walk them through challenging educational concepts. These are tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. They are the ones who will drive innovation and create value for all of us who consume these services. With apologies to Walt Whitman, the small part I get to play in the lives of these students is a verse I am proud to contribute.

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    Most of those who study healthcare management in the Parkinson School will not lay hands on patients or provide any form of clinical intervention. In spite of this, it is important they recognize themselves as “providers.” In my classrooms, I fill lectures, discussions, and activities with real-world scenarios designed to demonstrate that planners, project managers, and finance staff are equally involved in the fulfillment of the providing the highest quality services, to all who need/want it, in an affordable manner (i.e., the Triple Aim). I count the ability to share these insights with students and the opportunity to help them learn how to think critically as some of the most rewarding work I have completed in my career. The ability to do this with other provider colleagues across Parkinson helps demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary partnership – which is a critical element of success in the healthcare field.