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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

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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.

Saudi Students Improve Patient Experience with Innovation Course

Students create initial concepts based on their empathic fieldwork.
Students create initial concepts based on their empathic fieldwork.

It came as a surprise when Executive MHA-Saudi Arabia students took a tour of their hospital and observed how disconnected they were from their patients. It was a wakeup call for these students who work as physicians, clinicians, and administrators at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ryan Armbruster, instructor, led the second cohort of Saudi students on this observation as part of his health care innovation course in November. This was the first time the course was delivered in Riyadh to the Saudi program. Students used their daily work environment as content for the course.

Armbruster teaches human-centered design, an approach that places an emphasis on seeing the world through the lens of the patient and using that perspective to create solutions that best meet the needs of the patient.   Students apply new methods and techniques as they study their health care environment and recommend solutions for their own workplace.

“An empathic approach to creating health care services is important and valued everywhere, regardless of system or culture,” says Armbruster.

As the Saudi health care system is entering a period of rapid transformation, many students immediately recognize the importance of change informed by and designed with a clear understanding of what works best for patients and providers.

“A human-centered design process starts with asking the right questions, followed by field research or “walking a mile in your customer’s shoes,” says Armbruster.

Human Centered DesignDuring the course students gather and analyze information, then distill insights and opportunities. Concept development and iterative prototyping follow as a way to learn more about unmet and unarticulated patient needs. By then, students have a well-designed empathic solution to incorporate into operational planning.

The students in this course are inspired to design the future Saudi health care system in a way that effectively meets the ever-growing and evolving needs of patients and providers.

“In one observation, I found that a patient was required to visit one site for nutritional formula, another for medical equipment, and a third for glucometers,” says a student.  “I simulated that journey and found that not only was it hard and time consuming, but it represented a bad experience for any patient.”

“Now, I pick up my coffee at 7 a.m. and walk around the hospital and just “observe” for 15 minutes.  I am discovering and learning a lot more about innovation and how it works.”

 

Ryan Armbruster, MHA ’98, is vice president of Innovation at Optum. He has taught Healthcare Delivery, Design & Innovation since 2006. Cohort 2 Executive MHA-Saudi Arabia students will graduate in May 2017.

Faculty visit Saudi Arabia for Executive MHA classroom instruction

Saudi MHA Students Oct. 2016
Executive MHA-Saudi students participate in a healthcare innovation brainstorming exercise.

Most course content for the Executive MHA-Saudi Arabia program is delivered online. MHA faculty travel to King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh twice a year for classroom lecture exchanges.

In October, Associate Professor Richard Priore, Lecturer Ryan Armbruster, MHA ’98, and Administrative Director Tom Gilliam visited KFMC for four days of coursework in innovation, finance, service line management, and capstone projects.

Dr. Fahad Al-Ateeg, affiliate associate professor and special assistant to the CEO at KFMC, spoke to students about the current challenges and future direction of the Saudi healthcare system. The Saudi healthcare system is undergoing an unprecedented transition from a largely government-sponsored model of delivery and financing to one that includes privatization, funded by both government and employers using a third-party payer insurance model. Al-Ateeg affirmed that committed and qualified healthcare leaders are needed to successfully navigate transition and uncertainly.

This second cohort of 32 Executive MHA-Saudi Arabia students will visit the University of Minnesota campus for commencement in May, 2017. All are working professionals, with the majority employed by KFMC.

MHA News Fall 2016

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Jean Abraham, MHA program director
Jean Abraham, MHA program director

Welcome to the fall edition of MHA news!

For many Minnesotans, summer is the season for planting gardens, biking and hiking, spending weekends at the cabin, and attending the State Fair.  For MHA program faculty and staff, summer is also the season for making plans and preparing for the upcoming academic year.

In early August, MHA program faculty and staff, Alumni Association Board Chair Mary Ellen Wells, and new Health Policy and Management Division Head, Tim Beebe, participated in a full-day retreat to discuss the curriculum for the full-time program as well as our executive MHA and global healthcare management opportunities. This summer I also had the chance to work with the MHA Alumni Association staff on upcoming events, including the Hamilton Symposium to be held on September 20, 2016 on campus.

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 have the chance to interact with our EMHA students both inside and outside the classroom.

This summer I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with each of our full-time students who are completing their summer residencies and gearing up for the administrative fellowship or job market this fall.  I am grateful to our MHA staff who have worked so hard to organize an employment fair scheduled for the first week of the semester and expected to have more than 30 organizations in attendance.

Last week, I also had the privilege of welcoming 38 new full-time MHA students to campus.  I know the faculty and staff as well as the second-year MHA students are excited to get to know them better as they start their graduate education.

Finally, as part of my vision to be the very best MHA program in the country, we need to be able to recruit the very strongest students from across the U.S. to the University of Minnesota.  In order to more effectively tell the Minnesota MHA “story” to prospective students, we decided to shoot a short video that features our students, faculty, and alumni.  I encourage you to watch the four-minute video and share it with anyone who might be interested.  I also want to extend a special thanks to Mona Rath who crafted the “story” and worked closely with the videographer to capture the program’s strengths so well.

To our students and faculty, may you have a great start to the new academic year!

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Executive MHAs named “Top Doctors”

Four physicians from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Executive MHA program were named “Top Doctors” in 2016 by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Two current students and two graduates are among doctors nominated by their peers across the metro area, for their exceptional care.

Rafael AndradeRafael Andrade, MD
Executive MHA student
Recognized for thoracic surgery

 
 
 

Gigi ChawlaPamela Gigi Chawla, MD
Executive MHA student
Recognized for pediatrics

 
 
 

Sayeed IkramuddinSayeed Ikramuddin, MD
MHA Class of 2015
Recognized for general surgery

 
 
 

Abraham JacobAbraham Jacob, MD
MHA Class of 2012
Recognized for pediatrics

 
  

Christianson reappointed MedPAC vice chair

Christianson
Jon Christianson, professor, Division of Health Policy & Management.

Professor Jon Christianson, Division of Health Policy & Management, has been reappointed vice chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in Washington, D.C., where he will continue as vice chair until 2019. He has served on the Commission since 2014.

Congress established MedPAC in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare. MedPAC advises Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service programs.

Press release

 

 

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