It can be really inspiring to reading success stories of others who have gone through MHA degree programs. Persons who have gotten anything from a general masters in health administration degree, to a specialized MHA in health informatics degree have benefited greatly from their education. Here are five extremely accomplished executives who owe at least some of their success to the fact that they have MHA degrees:
A University of Washington alumnus, Mike Boyd got his MHA in 1979 and is now the CEO and founder of BP Consulting. He started out as an assistant administrator for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, located in Boise, Idaho and advanced in his career to hold a number of administrative positions, including one as Vice President at Kootenai Medical Center under another UW MHA alum, Joe Morris. In 1999, he decided to start BP Consulting, a rural health care consulting firm that helps hospitals and practices with low budgets in rural areas improve their business and patient care. Boyd has said that his MHA degree changed his entire view of the medical industry, allowing him to meet challenges and make the best decisions for his company and those with whom he’s working. You can see more of his profile at the University of Washington website.
Chris Durrer is currently the Director of the Office of Licensure and Certification for the Virginia Department of Health. He got his MHA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977, and has held positions such as CEO of Moore Memorial Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina and President and CEO of Wilson Medical Center and Wilmed Healthcare in Wilson, North Carolina. In his current position, Durrer oversees several state licensing programs, as well as regulatory functions in state healthcare. The VA Department of Health works with all hospitals and health care organizations that receive federal or state funding, so he has a high level of responsibility for programs across the state in his current role. You can read more about him at the VCU website.
With an MHA from Central Michigan University, Vincent Caponi has been able to advance in the health care field for more than thirty years in executive positions such as president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Georgia, CEO of United Memorial Hospital in Michigan, and president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Alabama. Today, he is the CEO of St. Vincent Health, a position in which he has served since 1998. In 2007, Ascension Health also named him one of nine Ministry Market Leaders for the state of Indiana. You can read more about him at the SVH website.
Brian Steines has a joint MBA/MHA from the University of Phoenix, and this degree has helped him get hired in the finance department of Scottsdal Healthcare, where he’s worke since 2007. Previously, he also held positions as Regional CFO for Iasis Healthcare, CEO of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and CFO of Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix. His complete profile is available at the SHC website.
Joy Sennett is the Director of the Office of Communicable Diseases for the state of Mississippi. She has a joint MS/MHA degree from Mississippi College and has served with the Mississippi Department of Health for over a decade, holding such roles as Director of the Immunization Program. You can see her profile on the Mississippi State website.
To become a health administrator or manager, a master's degree is usually required. Some of the most popular types of health degrees include the Master of Health Administration (MHA), the Master of Public Health (MPH), and the MBA in healthcare management. Below is a carefully compiled list of accredited institutions offering such programs to help you meet your career goals.