By McKenzie Johnson
This past December, two of our members from the student chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, were given the opportunity to attend the National ACHCA Winter Marketplace. Past president Patrick Senzig and I, along with associate professor of health care administration Doug Olson, attended the event at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At the Winter Market Place, Senzig and I attended several educational sessions ranging from leadership improvement to quality assurance in long term care. We were also given the opportunity to meet and network with top professionals in long term care from across the country. Among them, was former ACHCA chair Larry Slatky, whom we had the pleasure of eating dinner with our first night there.
Among networking and educational sessions, Patrick was also invited to a luncheon with the Academy of Long Term Care Leadership and Development. The Academy wanted Patrick’s input on how ACHCA can better serve its student members and how students can become more involved with the national organization. The organization will continue to work with Patrick to bridge the gap between its professional members and its student counterparts.
Throughout the trip, we gained insight into how ACHCA can expand our knowledge and resources as health care administrators. We also had the opportunity to develop and maintain relationships with other members. Attending the Winter Marketplace showed us that joining ACHCA is very important to our course work and future careers.
McKenzie Johnson is a health care administration major and president of the UW-Eau Claire ACHCA chapter.