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Peter Stein

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Major: Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
Expected date of graduation: 2020

Peter Stein has used his time at Loyola to stand out both as a top student in the classroom and as a generous member of the community. Peter is an e-board member of the Healthcare Administration Student Council, for which he originated a chief of professional development role devoted to professional growth and career opportunities for fellow healthcare administration majors, encouraging professional standards, and serving as a role model.

This year the Institute of Medicine of Chicago awarded Peter with its highly sought-after summer internship. Peter worked closely with IOMC leadership, learning strategies to transform the health and health care of Chicagoans, and committing himself to helping underserved communities even further.

Here, Peter talks about what his internship and his education have meant to him as he pursues a career in health care administration.

What was the most meaningful volunteer, service, or student organization activity you’ve been involved in? How has it influenced you or shaped you as a person?
Connected by Healthcare Administration faculty, I have interned under Cheryl Irmiter, executive director of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), where some of Chicago’s top health care, community, and business leaders convene to implement new strategies and lead cooperative efforts to improve social determinants of health for Chicago’s residents. Through my experiences at IOMC, I have witnessed the power of the selfless and dedicated people working to improve equity in our communities. I aspire to follow the example set by these mentors as I pursue foundations for my career.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from your Jesuit education?
Cura personalis, the Jesuit call to care for the whole person, has inspired me throughout my time at Loyola. In each of my classes, discussions invariably shift back to how, as future administrators and leaders, we must always see patients, their families, and all people as individuals—not just collections of symptoms or data points in a broader trend. As health care evolves into a politicized, technology-driven business and patients are relabeled consumers, Loyola has instilled the value of cura personalis in me to ensure I always remember each person’s humanity and the health of both spirit and body.

Have you received any scholarship support? If so, how has it impacted your experience at Loyola?
I am very fortunate to be a recipient of the Transfer Dean’s Scholarship. As a transfer student, I am extremely grateful to the entire Loyola community for welcoming me and constantly encouraging me to become an active and successful member of the student body. This welcome began early in the transfer process, where the Admissions Office worked closely with me to make sure Loyola was a place I could call home. The scholarship had a substantial impact on the cost of my education and allowed me to easily transition to Loyola, and now, to the next stage of my life.