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Neil M. Kurtz, M.D. To Be Spring Banquet Keynote Speaker
We are proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2010 Health Care Administration/CHAASE Spring Banquet, Neil M. Kurtz, M.D.!
Neil M. Kurtz, M.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Living. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc. for six years.
Before that, Dr. Kurtz co-founded Worldwide Clinical Trials, a contract research organization, where he held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer until its acquisition by United Health Group, or UHG, in September 1999.
After the acquisition, Dr. Kurtz became President of Ingenix Pharmaceutical Services, a division of UHG, and also served as a member of the UHG Executive Board until joining TorreyPines. Dr. Kurtz’s career includes senior positions with Boots Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck.
In addition to Golden Living, he currently serves on the boards of three companies, NeurogesX, a specialty pharmaceutical company, Stemedica, a company exploring the use of adult stem cell for treating serious medical conditions, and Medidata Solutions, a global provider of data management services. In addition, Dr. Kurtz has consulted to more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies and was a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut from 1984 to 1988 and the University of California, Los Angeles from July 1980 to 1981.
Dr. Kurtz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from New York University and a Medical Doctorate Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Expansion of Undergraduate Fellowships
The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and Pathway Health Services have funded Academy Fellowships for undergraduate UW–Eau Claire Health Care Administration students to work on selected projects in 2010. The first project is focused on the development of a student poster session for the 2010 ACHCA National Convocation, in affiliation with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at UW-Eau Claire. Micah Herold, a junior health care administration major from Prescott, Wis., was selected to work on this project. He will also work on a second fellowship focused on developing expanded partnership opportunities between ACHCA student chapters across the country. These are two of the first Academy Fellowships supported by ACHCA, which have additional funding from the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) and the Minnesota Chair for Long Term Care at the University of Minnesota, which have committed to matching funds of $3000 for the initial academy fellowships.
A third fellowship has been created by the Wisconsin chapter of ACHCA to support continued work on the development of a mentoring program. Nikole Barcz, a junior health care administration major from Madison, Wis., will work with Dr. Douglas Olson to continue his efforts with the Academy to launch a national mentoring program. Nikole will also develop a student mentoring initiative for the health care administration program. This mentoring program will match junior or senior health care administration majors with incoming freshmen or newly declared majors to introduce and mentor them into the health care administration program. Funding for this fellowship is matched by the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence.
A final fellowship has been created by Pathway Health Services to support the work of Kelsey Callahan, a junior health care administration major from Forest Lake, Minn. Kelsey will work with Dr. Olson on advancing a study that focuses on uncovering how the critical long term care leaders work together, and how these working relationships influence outcomes. Funding for this fellowship is matched by the Office of Research and Sponsored programs at UW-Eau Claire.
Fellowships will be funded through June, 2010. For more information about Academy fellowships, please contact Douglas Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Health Care Administration Program Seeking Re-Accreditation
The Health Care Administration program will undergo re-accreditation with the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) in the Spring of 2010. The program was first accredited in 2005, and every five years this accreditation must be renewed through a process of "re-accreditation". NAB's Academic Accreditation Program is open to colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or graduate degree in long term care administration. Accreditation is granted by the NAB Board of Governors to institutions that meet NAB's criteria for top quality education and training of long term care administrators. We interviewed Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing for the Health Care Administration program to find out more about the re-accreditation process and how it will impact the program.
CHAASE news: What is accreditation?
Johs-Artisensi: Academic accreditation is a voluntary process a program can choose to go through, that allows it to demonstrate that certain standards, designated by the accrediting agency, are being met. It is kind of like “the good housekeeping seal of approval” for academic programs.
CHAASE news: Why is accreditation important? What are the advantages to it?
Johs-Artisensi: Accreditation allows the program to show that they are meeting a certain level of standards, identified by the industry, that are thought to be important. In terms of NAB accreditation, a school that has it has a “mark of excellence” that demonstrates the program meets recommended content that is in line with the contemporary skill sets that today’s administrators must have to be successful. The accreditation standards are higher than many state minimum standards. The program learns a great deal about itself as a result of going through the process, and may make curriculum or other improvements as a result of what is learned in the self-study or other feedback from the reviewers. It can help the program become stronger then ever. The program can also use this mark of excellence as a marketing tool. Students can feel confident in the the quality of the education they will receive from an accredited program. Employers can feel confident that graduates of an accredited program are entering the workforce with a quality education and skill sets that have prepared them well for the job at hand. NHA licensure requirements are all set by the states, so there are different criteria that an applicant may need to meet in every state. Graduates from a NAB accredited program are automatically approved to have met NHA licensure requirements in 16 states without having to go through an individual review process, which makes it easier for a NAB-Accredited program graduate to obtain licensure in a number of states.
CHAASE news: When will re-accreditation occur?
Johs-Artisensi: We will have our site visit in April, and the visitors will make their report to the NAB Education Committee for approval at their Annual Meeting in June.
CHAASE news: What is the process?
Johs-Artisensi: There is a lot of work that goes into the process prior to the site visit. We must evaluate and “grade our entire curriculum against the most recent NHA and RC/AL Domains of Practice", which are a list of knowledge, skills and tasks across all the broad areas of skill sets administrators are required to possess. We also prepare a large binder of materials demonstrating how we meet the 10 major accreditation criteria listed below. The site team will consist of at least 2 trained site visitors, and after having reviewed the self study and supporting materials, they will make a 3-day site visit to campus where they will interact with students, faculty, administration, alumni, preceptors, and others to learn more about the program and continue to gather information and evaluate whether it meets the required standards.
CHAASE news: When and how do you find out if you received accreditation?
Johs-Artisensi: I will not be allowed to be present for the Education Committees and site visitors' discussion, but will be invited to hear their results. They will also supply us with a formal, written report indicating how they believe we have met each of the standards and any recommendations they may have. If they recommend approval of the accreditation, the committee will then present this recommendation to the NAB Board of Governors, who will hopefully vote to approve the accreditation as well. If this occurs, a representative from our program will be invited to their mid-year meeting next October to be presented with the formal accreditation award. The accreditation is good for 5 years, and the program must submit annual updates for review.
CHAASE Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion
The Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence hosted the Health Care Reform Discussion Forum on October 22 in the Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Over 175 people attended event to discuss the importance of the health care reform and its impact on seniors in the United States.
Panelists included Dr. Robert Burke, chair, Department of Health Administration, George Washington University; Clifton Porter, vice president of governmental affairs, HCR Manor Care; and Lisa Lamkins, advocacy director, Wisconsin American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Jennifer Johs-Artisensi moderated the discussion.
Before heading off to their respective practicum sites, 23 health care administration students hit the water in canoes this past August. The overnight camping trip was part of a retreat and leadership seminar, lead by Douglas Olson and Jennifer Johs-Artisensi (Health Care Administration) and Justin Gardner, Coordinator of the Leadership Institute.
Students, faculty and staff from the health care administration program participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk on Saturday, September 19th at Carson Park. Following the Memory Walk, students from the student association, American College of Health Care Administrators, hosted the “Day in the Park” event for senior citizens from area nursing homes. The “Day in the Park” event centered around a morning of games, lunch and socializing for the residents and students.
April 8, 2010
April 8–9, 2010
A total of 112 scholarships were awarded to College of Business (COB) students during the '09-10 academic year. The following health care administration students were recognized for their academic achievements at the COB scholarship luncheon on Dec. 4, 2009:
Good Samaritan Society:
Jennifer Alexander Memorial:
Kindred Health Care:
David Koentopf Memorial:
Tri-County Medical Alliance:
Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholars:
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association:
Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging:
1st Annual ACHCA Student Applied Research Poster Session
The ACHCA Long Term Care Leadership and Development Academy is pleased to announce the Inaugural Student Applied Research Poster Session to be held at the American College of Health Care Administrators Spring Convocation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 & 16, 2010.
Certificate Program Update
Due to low enrollment for the My SeniorCare Edvantage certificate program, we have postponed the launch of the program and will not be offering the health and aging services certificate courses in winter/spring 2010.
For more information, or to be placed on a list for future consideration, please visit www.myseniorcareedvantage.com.
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Support the CHAASE Advancement Fund
The Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence welcomes and invites your support. Private gifts and grants from individuals, organizations & foundations are welcome as CHAASE pursues its goals to enhance learning opportunities for health care administration students.
Your contribution to the CHAASE Advancement Fund will be gratefully accepted by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes and be recognized in the Foundation’s annual honor roll of donors. To make a difference and to contribute to the future of health and aging services, please visit www.uwec.edu/fndn/giving.htm.
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