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.