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UW-Eau Claire Offers New Online Certificate Program for Health and Aging Services Professionals
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire now offers an online health management certificate program to help individuals develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to better serve residents, manage current operations and capitalize on future opportunities in the senior care business environment.
The My SeniorCare Edvantage program, which begins this fall, is offered in partnership with My InnerView, a provider of quality improvement solutions for the senior care profession. The program is for those pursuing licensure as nursing home administrators, seeking professional development to advance their education and/or making a job transition to the long-term-care field.
Randy Lindner, President and CEO of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), pictured with health care administration faculty Douglas Olson and Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, presented the keynote address "Planting the Seeds of Success" at the 2009 CHAASE Spring Banquet.
CHAASE Presents Scholarships, Distinguished Service Awards at Annual Meeting
The Health Care Administration program and the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) announced 2009 scholarship and distinguished service award recipients at the annual spring banquet held April 2, 2009 at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, Wis. Over 250 participants attended the annual event.
Over $4,000 in scholarships were presented to UW-Eau Claire health care administration students. The distinguished student award was presented to Patrick Senzig, junior health care administration student from Lyndon Station, Wis. Duncan McDougall, CEO of Pathway Health Services and member of the CHAASE Board of advisors received the distinguished service award. Kevin Larson, 1988 alumni of the health care administration program and Administrator of Spring Valley Health Care Center, received the Distinguished Alumni Award; and Margie Ignarski, Regional Director of Operations for Extendicare and 1988 health care administration graduate received the Distinguished Preceptor Award.
CHAASE is a unique partnership that combines the energy of academia, health and aging services organizations and professional associations. The Center focuses on influencing the health and aging services profession through positive program enhancements for health care administration students, partner organizations, and the health and aging services field.
2008-2009 Health Care Administration Scholarship Recipients:
Marty Metten, Chief Operating Officer (center) of Heyde Companies, poses with recipients of the newly created Heyde Health Care Entrepreneurial award.
Heyde Health System Establishes Award
Two Health Care Administration students were awarded the newly created Heyde Health System Entrepreneurial Award at the 2009 Spring Banquet. Cassie Stremer, a senior practicum student at Brewster Village in Appleton, Wis., was selected for her staff self scheduling system project. Zach Haag, a senior practicum student at Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis, Minn., was also selected for the award for his dementia programming organization project.
The award has been generously funded by Heyde Health System, Inc. to annually recognize the most entrepreneurial student leadership project designed by a health care administration practicum student. "The expansion of the entrepreneurial fundamentals into the Health Care Administration Program is essential to increase the critical thinking process of our future Health Care Administrators. The health care environment today requires the Senior Administrators to be totally engaged in this process", said Dennis Heyde, president of Heyde Companies.
Heyde Health System, Inc., based in Chippewa Falls, owns and manages eleven health care facilities across Wisconsin.
What’s in a Name? CHASE is now CHAASE!
You may be aware that CHASE (The Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence) has undergone a recent name change. CHAASE, or the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence, is the new name that was selected for the Center. It was determined that the name, CHAASE, will broaden the programmatic umbrella of the Center and sharpen the focus on health administration. The core focus of health and aging services will remain central to the future of the Center.
The goals of the center, www.uwec.edu/cob/chaase/plan.htm, are currently being reviewed by the Board of Advisers. This fall, CHAASE will refine its vision and mission within the strategic plan for CHAASE in a new organizational model. This model will focus on CHAASE’s partnerships with individuals and external organizations, its role within the College of Business, and connections with the Health Care Administration program, MyInnerView Certificate program and the Health Care Emphasis within the MBA program.
The Board is engaged in strategic planning efforts and we will keep you advised of their progress in future editions of the CHAASE newsletter. Dr. Douglas Olson, the Director of the Center, welcomes your comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-5067.
Health Care Administration Students Benefit from Career Fair
By Katie Austad, Andrew Cooan, MaCall Douglas, Konrad van Baalen
Health care administration students were able to get a jumpstart on planning their practicum experience thanks to an open house at the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) annual spring banquet. The event which was held April 2, 2009 at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, Wis, was designed to expose students to the practicum experience, a twelve month long internship program, required for obtaining a long-term care administrator licensure.
Students Experience Software Simulation Excercise
This past spring, Health Care Administration students in the upper level health care management course were the first University students to experience the nationally recognized "Top Gun—Assisted Living Computer Simulation", developed by Vigilan, an Oregon company that provides software for the assisted living communities. Student teams were given four weeks to make operational decisions for an assisted living organization, with the goal of increasing both resident satisfaction and business results.
The reviews from the students were positive, expressing the fact that they liked the challenge and enjoyed the 'real world' scenarios. Chris Mason, President of Vigilan, stated that this project was "well aligned with their company’s interest and commitment to play a role in enhancing the leadership development in the health and aging services profession".
Since the early 1980's, Vigilan management has pioneered efforts to establish community-based care projects. Vigilan provides software and services that help assisted living communities provide higher quality care, ease the regulatory compliance burden and improve operating margins.
Health Care Administration senior, Talia Aramalay, dances with a resident at Heritage Court in Eau Claire. The student chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators sponsored the “senior prom” event, held on April 24.
Special thanks to our Spring Banquet sponsors and open house representatives:
Special Thanks to Our 2010 Practicum Sites!
American Heritage Care Center
Matt Mauthe (pictured, right), a 2005 Health Care Administration graduate, received the New Administrator of the Year Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators at their annual conference held in Providence, Rhode Island in May. Matt is the Administrator at the Oakwood Village East Campus in Madison, and will be serving as a preceptor for the Health Care Administration Program for the first time in August. Also pictured is Douglas Olson, Associate Professor of the Health Care Administration program.
CHAASE news is edited by Meredith Wolf. Questions or comments, contact Meredith at 715.836.3543 or email@example.com
CHAASE: Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence