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Bandhavi Gollapudi (MHA '23): Unity Point Health - St. Luke's Hospital

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Greetings from Cedar Rapids! As I write this post, I am glancing back upon my incredible summer internship at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital. A little fun fact about St. Luke's Hospital is that nearly ten alumni from the Iowa MHA program work in this region. I wanted to be able to draw from their career experiences and be able to put them towards mine. My direct preceptor, Joe Linn (MHA' 85), the Vice President of Human Resources & Operations, offers insights into the complexity of the healthcare industry.  UnityPoint Health as a system (UPH Hospitals, UPH Clinics, and UPH @ Home) provides care to metropolitan and rural areas across Iowa, western Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. St. Luke's Hospital prides itself on caring for the community for more than 139 years with the latest technology and innovation and best of the best providers for the patients served. Their guiding mission in everyday function is to give " the   healthcare we'd like our lo

Riad Abu Adas (MHA '23): Oregon Health Science University

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Hello from Portland, Oregon! This summer, I had the opportunity to be an administrative intern at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). OHSU is Oregon’s only academic medical center, consisting of 576 licensed beds across their main hospital as well the Doernbecher Children’s hospital. A fun fact: OHSU is Portland’s largest employer and statewide economic powerhouse involving their operations through their multiple campuses and clinics across Oregon including their state-of-the-art research facilities such as the Knight Cancer Research Building. I had the honor to be working within the Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic, specifically the Endoscopy Department under the mentorship of Kristen Lund (OR and Procedural Scheduling Manager), Meagan Schuette (Director of Multispecialty Procedure Unit) and Emily Huber (Senior Performance Improvement Consultant).  When I had first arrived at OHSU, I was familiarized with the outline of the ENDO 2.0 Project which entails the different projects that

Ben Grauer (MHA '23): University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics – Strategy Implementation

Sounding off from Iowa City! This summer I was given the opportunity to work with Heather Kingston in the office of Health Systems Implementation. I joined the “Awesome Team” that was indeed just that. All seven of them (hopefully more by now) were incredibly kind and willing to take time to answer any and all questions I had. The work environment was relaxed and Heather was a great preceptor who has a wealth of project management knowledge. She is coming back to healthcare after working with Microsoft for nearly four years, and is able to provide a unique perspective that is very insightful. If you are torn between traditional career paths and opportunities outside of them, she can speak to them quite well. My time at UIHC and in the HSIO office specifically, introduced me to a number of new concepts and gave me the chance to learn about a piece of healthcare management that is very specific and not included in our program’s curriculum. Their objective is to turn the vision of UI heal

Johanna Knutson (MHA '23): Winneshiek Medical Center

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Hello from Decorah, Iowa! This summer I have had the amazing opportunity to serve as the graduate administrative intern for Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC). WMC is Iowa’s second largest critical access hospital, and larger than a lot of non-critical access hospitals, with a bed capacity of 25 in patients. Located in the northeastern region of Iowa, about an hour south of Rochester, MN, this area is truly a slice of heaven. In 2005, WMC signed a management and professional services agreement with Mayo Clinic, making WMC a Mayo affiliate hospital within their Health System. With an active medical staff of over 40 Mayo employees and 500 WMC employees, WMC is the largest and most specialized hospital in the region.   From day one, the entire organization has kindly welcomed and incorporated me in many of their discussions around key service line expansion, regional growth, and many other topics. My preceptor Steve Slessor, Chief Administrative Officer, was amazing at finding me a variety

Dillon Sampson (MHA '23): University of Utah Health Care

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Hello from Salt Lake City! This summer, I had the pleasure of completing my administrative internship at the University of Utah Health. Located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) is a fully comprehensive Academic Medical Center with 638 beds and is designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center. The University of Utah Health is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. This summer, I spent my time working with Donna Roach, the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and her Information Technology Systems (ITS) team. Donna has a diverse background of being the CIO at other large health organizations and came to UUHC in 2020. With this background, she has brought many new innovative ideas which have made great changes and also been very interesting to see carried out.  Upon arriving to Utah, Donna tasked me to get familiar with UUHC’s long-ter

Trey McCoy (MHA '23): Deloitte

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Hello from Chicago! This summer, I completed a 10-week internship with Deloitte Consulting as a Summer Associate. I was aligned to the Chicago office and moved to the city for the summer. Fortunately, I was able to find an apartment less than 20 minutes from the office which was amazing. I also was able to bring my dog (Cam) with me this summer, so he was able to experience big city living too! Not only was I able to grow in my professional growth this summer by networking and through client work but I was also able to make new friends and explore a new city.  The project I was staffed on this summer was a Medicare Advantage Assessment for a large health plan organization. For the past 3 to 5 years, the health plan has stagnated in their member acquisition and retention, ultimately slowing their overall growth and profit. The client came to Deloitte to do a deep dive into their processes, data and overall organization to help them understand where their offerings are coming up short an

Maddie Huinker (MHA '23): Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire

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Hello from Eau Claire, Wisconsin! This summer I have the privilege of being in the Mayo Clinic Administrative Internship Program and am based out of the Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Eau Claire, WI. This site is a 300-bed hospital located in Northwest Wisconsin (NWWI) that oversees four critical access hospitals in surrounding towns, has strategic priorities that align with the enterprise’s Bold. Forward. Initiative, and oversees numerous primary care and clinic spaces throughout NWWI. I am entering my final week of the internship and could not have asked for a better or more enriching experience.  The Mayo Clinic Administrative Internship Program is a cohort-based model that allows interns across all sites to engage in virtual site visits of all Mayo Clinic locations, Meet & Greets with local and national Mayo Clinic leaders, Lunch & Learns with executive officers, and the program also pairs interns with mentors across the nation. Interns who are in the Midwest also got