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Innovative Portable Clinic Helps to Restore Ebola Survivors’ Eyesight

Cataract surgery performed in an Emergency Smart Pod
Cataract surgery performed in an Emergency Smart Pod

Twenty-four Ebola survivors in Liberia regained their sight because of a cataract treatment project developed by Dr. John Fankhauser, Executive MHA student. Cataracts are a common side effect of the disease due to uveitis, a severe inflammatory condition to the eye that leaves many Ebola survivors with dense cataracts and severe scars. In September, a team of opthalmologists led by Fankhauser treated these patients.

The team performed surgery on the patients in an Emergency Smart Pod, a portable medical care facility made from a shipping container. The pod, designed by Baylor College of Medicine for USAID, functions in an epidemic and for routine care.

In 2015, Fankhauser started Liberia’s first clinic for Ebola survivors. “The need for medical care and support remains as many Ebola survivors suffer musculoskeletal pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, depression and post-traumatic stress,” says Fankhauser. “I have seen first-hand what an encouragement it is to them to know that the global community is concerned for them.”

Watch a video about the Emergency Smart Pod: The Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge: Innovating in a Crisis

 

Executive MHA Student Leads Effort to Restore Ebola Survivors’ Eyesight

Cataract surgery performed in an Emergency Smart Pod
Cataract surgery performed in an Emergency Smart Pod

Twenty-four Ebola survivors in Liberia regained their sight because of a cataract treatment project developed by Dr. John Fankhauser, Executive MHA student. Cataracts are a common side effect of the disease due to uveitis, a severe inflammatory condition to the eye that leaves many Ebola survivors with dense cataracts and severe scars. In September, a team of opthalmologists led by Fankhauser treated these patients.

The team performed surgery on the patients in an Emergency Smart Pod, a portable medical care facility made from a shipping container. The pod, designed by Baylor College of Medicine for USAID, functions in an epidemic and for routine care.

In 2015, Fankhauser started Liberia’s first clinic for Ebola survivors. “The need for medical care and support remains as many Ebola survivors suffer musculoskeletal pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, depression and post-traumatic stress,” says Fankhauser. “I have seen first-hand what an encouragement it is to them to know that the global community is concerned for them.”

Watch a video about the Emergency Smart Pod: The Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge: Innovating in a Crisis

 

MHA News Fall 2017

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Jean AbrahamWith the new academic year upon us, I welcome new and returning MHA students to campus. I am delighted that our new Full-time students are getting settled and are adjusting well to the demands of graduate school. For our second-year students, I had the privilege of catching up with each of them over summer to learn about their residency experiences and to better understand their plans for the future. Special thanks to Jerry Nye ‘77, course accountable faculty, as well as our preceptors and alumni faculty advisers for creating such valuable summer residency experiences for our students.

Our Executive MHA students were also on campus in mid-August. Special thanks to Tom Gilliam, Stephanie Hagel, Janet Duff, and Teresa Perez for all of their hard work during that week. It was wonderful to interact with our executive students both inside and outside the classroom.

Over the summer, the MHA program also has had a number of transitions. We said goodbye to two valued MHA colleagues – Diane McClellan who retired from the university this past July and Pinar Karaca-Mandic, who moved her faculty appointment to the Carlson School of Management in order to lead the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. While we have said farewell to some, I’m also pleased to welcome several new colleagues who are featured below.

May our students, staff, and faculty have a productive and positive year ahead!

Jean Abraham, Ph.D.
Wegmiller Professor and Director
Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Read MHA News Fall 2017

From New Grad to CEO in Two Years

After graduating with a finance degree from Brigham Young University, Brent Parsons (MHA ’15) worked in patient billing at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. But he needed more. “I didn’t feel like I was close enough to the patients and truly making a difference in the care they received.”

Brent Parsons (MHA ’15)

He set his sights on health care administration and enrolled in the School of Public Health’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. “I looked at the program’s graduates and saw that I could have a national network to call on later in life,” says Parsons.

Now, two years later, he’s making a difference for patients as CEO of Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Indiana.

Days after graduating in spring 2015, Parsons went to work for Lutheran Hospital, the flagship hospital of the Lutheran Health Network in Indiana. There, he was put on high profile projects and moved quickly from administrative specialist to assistant CEO.

After a year, he was hand-picked to serve as interim CEO of Lutheran Health Network’s Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton, a rural Indiana town of about 10,000. In January 2017, he was named the permanent CEO of the 79-bed hospital.

In the role, he’s influencing patient care in the ways he wanted. “In administration you have the ability to make large-scale change. I can help implement policies and processes that can have a positive impact on the quality of care patients receive and also the satisfaction of our employees and physicians,” says Parsons.

“The hospital is such a vital and emotional part of a community and it’s an honor to be entrusted with the care of our community,” he says.

Mary Ellen Wells Joins MHA Program

Mary Ellen Wells

Mary Ellen Wells, MHA ’84, will join the University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration program as a senior lecturer and dyad partner beginning September 5, 2017.

In this role, Mary Ellen will oversee relationships between the MHA program and Alumni Association/Foundation, lead efforts to enhance the program’s visibility in the field of practice, and nurture fellowship and employment opportunities for MHA students.  Additionally, she will serve as course accountable faculty for the summer residency/clerkship, beginning in summer 2018, co-instruct an Executive MHA course on service line management, and provide teaching support for experiential learning coursework within the curriculum.

Since 2013, Mary Ellen has served as the Administrator for CentraCare Health in Monticello, Minnesota. Prior to that, she held numerous leadership positions within the Allina Health System.  Mary Ellen is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Minnesota Community Measurement Board of Directors, and is completing her term as Chair of the University of Minnesota MHA Alumni Association/Foundation Board as of July 1, 2017.

Potthoff Named MHA Instructor of the Year

Sandy Potthoff
Sandra Potthoff, PhD

Sandra Potthoff was named 2017 instructor of the year as voted by the Master of Healthcare Administration Class of 2017. She was recognized for teaching Principles of Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations, a core course in which students learn “The Minnesota Way” of problem solving. Earlier this year, Potthoff joined the University of South Florida in Tampa to lead the Department of Health Policy and Management.  The MHA Award for Excellence in Teaching was established by the Class of 1981.

 

MHAs Solve Real-world Problems in Case Competitions

 

“As an interdisciplinary team, we approached problems from different perspectives and worked toward
a common goal.”  -Ektaa Nichani, MHA ’18

 

Case competitions demonstrate what MHA students are able to accomplish when addressing some of the most pressing issues that exist in health care delivery today.  This year students applied their knowledge and skills to a real-world problem while engaging with students in peer programs. We are proud of those who represented the MHA Program and the University of Minnesota in local and national competitions for 2017.

 

Emory Case Competition 2017Emory Global Health Case Competition

Spencer Cahoon and Noureldin Saad were among a multidisciplinary team that placed third in the Emory International Global Health Case Competition on March 24-25—the best any U of M team has ever performed in this competition. They competed against 23 teams from the US, Canada, Denmark and Australia. The team addressed the mental health needs of children in Monrovia, Liberia.

 

CLARION Team 2017University of Minnesota CLARION Case Competition
Ektaa Nichani was part of an interdisciplinary team that placed third in the national CLARION Case Competition on April 8. Nichani and her teammates presented a plan to improve health care for migrant and immigrant children in a rural community. MHA alumnus Richard Norling ‘75 established the Premier Richard Norling Scholarships for winners of the national competition.

 

Cleveland Clinic Team 2017Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

Tyler Christianson, Brennan Mills, Josh Newton, and Katherine Reysack competed with 51 teams in the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition April 13-14. They developed a recommendation for Cleveland Clinic’s recent expansion into their south region. The team advanced to the semi-final round as one of the top eight teams.

 

Ohio State 2017OSU Healthcare Case Competition

Emily Herrmann, Bhupinder Manhi, and Meg Templeton progressed to the final round of six teams at the OSU Healthcare Case Competition on March 31. The team proposed solutions for an urban health system facing challenges brought on by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Eighteen teams competed in the competition.

 

UAB Case Competition team 2017UAB Case Competition

Callie Heyne, Dan Mangelson, and Joseph White competed in the 2017 UAB Health Administration Case Competition Feb. 28-March 2. The team competed against 38 teams and progressed to the semi-final round. They recommended a plan for hospital services to help high utilizers receive appropriate care in an ambulatory setting.

SPH Students Place Third in Emory Global Health Case Competition

Emory Case Competition team picture
Iana Panovkina (Nursing), Yasmeen Saad (Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Science), Noureldin Saad (MHA), Spencer Cahoon (MHA), Brendan Coutu (Medical School), Mara Smith (Nursing), and Linda Frizzell (Coach)

School of Public Health students Spencer Cahoon (MHA) and Noureldin Saad (MHA) are among a team of University of Minnesota students that placed third in the 2017 Emory International Global Health Case Competition—the best any U of M team has ever performed in this competition. They competed against 23 teams from the US, Canada, Denmark, and Australia.

The team’s case addressed mental health challenges in children living in Liberia. Liberia has recently been through two civil wars over 14 years and a recent Ebola epidemic resulting in an abnormally high mental health prevalence. Their recommendation was to address stigma around mental health through support from families, educating community leaders, and involving the culture of the community through arts and music.  SPH Assistant Professor Linda Frizzell was the team coach.

MHA Health Management Career Fair Sept. 7, 2017

MHA Career Fair at McNamara Alumni CenterIs your organization seeking an MHA graduate for hire?

Attend our career fair and meet one-on-one with more than 70 first- and second-year full-time students seeking administrative fellowships, employment, and summer residencies.

University of Minnesota MHA students are highly sought after by healthcare organizations seeking administrative fellows, consultants, and health management professionals.

Sept. 7, 2017
9 a.m.-Noon
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, Minn.

There is no registration fee, and we will provide refreshments. Tables are six feet long. Due to limited time and space, we are unable to host on-site presentations or interviews.  Questions? Contact Katie Keyser at loas0001@umn.edu or 612-626-4474.

Recruiters attending 

Accenture
Advocate Health Care
Allina Health
Avera Health
Beaumont Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Genesis Health System
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Integrated Healthcare Strategies
Fairview Health Services
Mayo Clinic
Mercyhealth
Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines
Michigan Medicine UnitedHealth Group
Navigant Consulting
nThrive
North Memorial Health
Park Nicollet Health Services
Regional Health
Rhode Island Hospital
Spectrum Health
UCLA Health
UnitedHealth Group
University of Chicago Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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