Baruch College Team Wins National Health Administration Case Competition

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NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2011 -- Students from the Baruch College Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Graduate MBA Program in Health Care Administration topped 28 other national graduate schools in its first participation in the fifth annual Health Administration Case Competition. Conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Health Services Administration, the competition awarded cash prizes to the top three teams selected by a panel of 13 nationally recognized health-administration professional judges. The winner was announced recently during the seventh annual L.R. "Rush" Jordan Distinguished Lecture in Birmingham. Graduate students Amelia Shapiro, Lidia Bernik and Doran Ricks from the Health Care Administration Program at Baruch College won a total cash prize of $9,000.

The Baruch College case study was based on the move toward an accountable care organization at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. Each team comprised of two to three students enrolled in a Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accredited health-administration graduate program. The teams had three weeks to prepare a comprehensive analysis and develop a set of practical recommendations in the areas of leadership, staffing issues, operational efficiency, design challenges, finance and marketing.

"We are very proud of our students and the work that they have put in," said Ted Joyce, Professor of Economics and Academic Director of the Baruch College Mount Sinai Graduate MBA Program in Health Care Administration. "When you consider that these students work full time and take night classes, the significance of their accomplishment is even more impressive."

In the preliminary rounds, each team presented to a panel of two to three judges. Six teams selected as finalists presented their cases to a larger audience that included all judges and audience members. Finalists included Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Pennsylvania University. The University of Central Florida and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill placed second and third, respectively.

The Baruch College Mount Sinai Graduate MBA Program in Health Care Administration is dedicated to the graduate business education of practicing professionals in the health care industry. The Program seeks to advance student knowledge in essential business disciplines and to instruct students in the application of this knowledge to managerial issues in health care. From its inception in 1969, the Program has been a leader in the field of health care administration. With more than 900 graduates, it has trained many of today's successful leaders in the field.

Contact: Ed Pachetti,

Baruch College

646-312-6135

Ed.Pachetti@baruch.cuny.edu