It was with pride and a sense of wonder that nine graduate students in the Health Care Management program completed an educational journey at the Capstone Defense in Ward Dining Room on December 5th. The group of nine typifies a demographic often found in students of the program: They are adults, well established in managerial health care positions, and they are devoted to their vocations. They carved time out of full family and work lives and committed to completing the pro-gram because they saw firsthand the value it added to their performance and their organizations. And they were eager to talk about it.
“Five years ago, (HCM alum/Trinitas employee) Carole Soricelli stood in front of us to talk about the program. She said it was a fantastic program, in that we would be able to apply every class, in some aspect, to our jobs. That proved to be absolutely true” says Curry Bucu, Director of Human Resources at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. “For example: the Ethics classes changed the way I do my daily work. I stop and consider who the stake-holders are and how given decisions impact them. In the past there may have been a type of tunnel vision; this class gave me the desire to look at the larger picture. In employee relations it’s critical to look at the ethics of decisions. It’s a different perspective.”
Mary Costa, in maternal and child health at Valley Home Care, adds “So much of our communication is electronic, and email is critical. I am a much better writer and communicator as a result of this program, and that is an invaluable benefit. I know who my audience is, and how to be clear.” She adds “I began with a Valley cohort, but later joined with the campus cohort. I found the experience of intermingling with professionals from other health care organizations to be of tremendous value.”
The event began with a welcome from Health & Wellness Area Chair Catherine Martin. Visiting speaker Daniel Messi-na, NJ Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives, gave an overview of ACHE’s core goals and encouraged the graduates to join. HCM Program Chair David Tataw later addressed the group, saying “This is a learner-centered program that focuses on competencies. We want to impart the skills the students need, and add value to the industry. We are lucky to have collaborated with faculty who are involved and very committed to student outcomes.“ Curry Bucu agreed, saying “The people in this program have a vested interest in self-development, and in how we’re going to bring it back to the organization.”
Front row: Mary Costa, Juanita Fryar, Janice Learn, Hana Baudendistel.
Back row: Douglas Harris, Lynn McVey, Peter Obamije, Curry Bucu, Chintaman Ram