Health Administration Alumni 

 

Welcome to the Department of Health Services Administration alumni page!

 

 

With more than 330 MHA alumni and thousands of BHA alumni, the Department of Health Administration maintains a very close relationship with our alumni. For example, our MHA Program schedules (twice a year) local Alumni meetings as a networking opportunity for local alumni. This activity allows the Program to track student careers, assist with building professional networks, stay connected with our local Alumni community, and gain qualitative insight on any emerging or changing skill sets within health administration. These Alumni also interact with Program students and provide advice to prepare for a career in health administration.

 

 

The Department also launched the UNF MHA Alumni LinkedIn and BHA LinkedIn community to more effectively engage and more frequently communicate with our graduates. To date, approximately 70% of MHA Program alumni have joined MHA Alumni LinkedIn and the number is growing.

 

 

The Department faculty meets formally and informally with alumni throughout the year who serve as members of the Health Administration Advisory Board, as class lecturers, and adjunct faculty members. This ongoing interaction provides an opportunity for the Department to review both its current and projected activities with its alumni who can offer guidance as to how to best meet the changing needs of the local health systems and respond to evolving issues in the field. The Department also sponsors alumni events throughout the year and incorporates Alumni feedback from these events into Department planning. Additionally, an alumni survey is emailed to alumni every three years to seek feedback on career progression and to encourage alumni involvement with Department activities, and to solicit recommendations for program improvement.

 

 

While many of our students have local options, others are looking nationally for career opportunities. Students electing to remain in northeast Florida are finding employment in all phases of the industry. Many of our graduates are still early or mid-career. However, we have several alumni who have moved into senior management positions including Hugh Tappan, a 1993 MHA graduate, who is now President of South Atlantic Division of HCA. John Wagner, a 1992 MHA graduate, who is now an Associate Director in Berkeley Research Group (BRG)’s Healthcare Performance Improvement practice. Elizabeth Ward Durrence, a 2006 MHA graduate, who is now COO at Brandon Regional Hospital, Brandon, FL (Tampa area). Kim Radcliffe, a 2007 MHA graduate, is the President of Align Networks.  More recently, Tracy Williams, a 2012 MHA graduate, serves as the Interim President for St. Vincent's Southside in Jacksonville, FL. The increasingly responsible positions that MHA Program graduates have obtained in major health care systems and institutions demonstrates that they have the knowledge and skills and core competencies that facilitate career development.